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Author's profile photo Craig Cmehil

SAP HANA express edition and what you can do!

Since the launch of the SAP HANA express edition we’ve seen amazing interest, growth and adoption. Whether the folks have been using it for development purposes, POC or even production use the demand has been fantastic! Having the good fortune to work with it as well as meet folks all over the world who are working with it has been a treat to say the least and in fact it’s one of those groups I’d like to share with you now about.

Earlier this year I travelled to Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Grand Valley State University.

While there I met (together with Lucia) a group of really cool people who wanted to take on a challenge! The challenge was simple, what can you do with HXE?

We hung out for the day, showing them around HXE, coding with HANA and generally just what you could do and how quickly you could do it with HXE.

Here is what they came up with!


Grand Valley students from the Undergraduate and MBA programs came together to participate in the university’s entry into the SAP HANA Challenge. The ten students, all pursuing a degree or having a focus in Management Information Systems, were joined by several faculty advisers, who each brought their own area of management and expertise to the project. The group challenge was to develop an application using SAP HANA Express Edition technology. The app was to be designed to solve a problem or address an issue that was pertinent to the general public. The participants had the ability to work with two expert SAP developers, who provided them a crash course in writing a HANA XSC (Extended Application Services Classic) application server, the basis for an application development platform. During that first meeting it was presented on how to create a schema and table, import data with a CSV file and then prepare and execute an SQL query on the table. While terms like OData(Open Data Protocol), meta tag(coding statement), bootstrap(framework for developing mobile web sites) and JSON( JavaScript Object Notation) may have at first been foreign to members of the group, over the next several weeks they became very well known. After brainstorming numerous ideas, the group decided on an app that would rate the Grand Rapids night-life scene using Twitter feeds to help people find out where to find the best place to have fun. The students were divided into five functional teams of two members. One team worked on sourcing and how to collect data from the Twitter. Another team was responsible for the storage data in tables to keep the information and compile the necessary calculation and statistics. The third team handled the sentiment analysis, while the fourth team created the app design and user interface. The fifth team acted as project managers to oversee the direction, assist as needed and ensure that deliverables were ready in a timely manner. During and after the completion of the challenge the participants learned how to pick up on new technologies, find solutions to problems quickly, how to step out of their comfort zone and how to take an action to get done what needed to be accomplished.




Over the course of a very short period of time this group managed to not only learn HXE and the world of HANA but actually create a working application running on the platform!

So I guess the question now is What can you do with HXE? Want us to add you to the showcases?

Join us at the next HXE event!

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      The goal is simple: “We want to expand to the broader development community and their ability to use in-memory computing,” said Marie Goodell, vice president of SAP’s HANA platform marketing. SAP has bet big on its HANA database and analytics platform, and it enhanced its suites to run on it.