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SAP Hana is a unique chance for businesses to jump onto a platform that offers them speed, sustainability and scalability like never before. In moving house to SAP Hana, it’s important to keep in mind that this move is intended to benefit the company over the long term. This will only prove true if the proper steps are taken while the migration happens to ensure that all the company’s bases are covered. The business world today revolves around Big Data and how that data interacts and is passed from user to user. SAP Hana provides some of the most robust tools for dealing with this data as well as seamlessly integrating it into how it can best be used. With this in mind, we’ll look at what needs to be in place in order to ensure that replatforming to SAP Hana will benefit the company’s long term goals.

Feasibility Testing through Proof of Concept

Before a project can begin to be realized, it must first be tested to ensure it is indeed feasible. Setting up a viable Proof of Concept is the best way to do so and Hana provides a lot of tools that can help a company realize this testing. The Hana platform offers the ability to run a test environment alongside the existing one so that there is no need to set up new servers just for the purpose of testing a concept which might prove unworkable. Additionally, reusing existing hardware and tapping into data centers already in existence brings down the cost of setting up and testing a proof of concept and allows the company to take more risks with its data in the search of more efficient and economical processing procedures.

Getting the Right Tools for the Job

For a company intending to replatform to SAP Hana, the two things it needs above all else are well-trained technicians skilled in setting up and maintaining Hana installations and a data provider that is both scalable and reliable. While a company can look into developing their own in-house staff with regards to Hana maintenance and training, it is usually more economically viable to outsource to a company that can provide both of these things, allowing the company to focus on its own job rather than trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to their data management. Additionally, cloud servers serve the purpose of having a reliable data serving center at the ready for a company, while at the same time being scalable, no matter how large the demands for storage get.

Keeping The Beast Running

Setting up the architecture for SAP Hana is just the start of the process, since ensuring it remains running into the future also requires the company to be aware of certain realities. The ability to deal with unforeseen events and unfortunate incidents is critical to ensuring the success of the Hana install, as well as ensuring the data remains available at all points in time to those who need it. In the event of the unspeakable, the company should also be able to access backups to its data, and be able to restore those backups in a timely manner. This situation transpired for an eCommerce business like RockHer recently and they have since gone on to unprecedented success. All of these things are of utmost importance in order to utilize the full potential of a SAP Hana install. As a company grows, its data will grow with it. A company needs to be responsible for its data and ensuring that data can always be retrieved.

Simple Management is Better

A general rule of thumb is that the simpler something is, the easier it is to manage it. By covering all the nitty-gritty of Big Data under a sleek, customizable SAP Hana engine, we make our solutions much easier to manage, and by extension our entire business process. Successfully replatforming to SAP means taking into account not only the things that may affect the replatform process, but those outliers that may occur after the system is set up and running. By sparing a bit of thought to these things now, it can save the company a lot of money later down the line when these additions become critical and changing the SAP platform would be a gargantuan, potentially impossible task. A company’s SAP Hana flexibility is determined from the minute the replatforming process begins. Thinking ahead is not only critical, it’s a necessity.

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