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Don’t Let Physical Locations Hamper Your Spatial View of the Intelligent Enterprise

Data is the digital currency of the Intelligent Enterprise and spatial data has become an extremely critical and relevant component. Organizations that leverage spatial & enterprise data together have a clear competitive advantage and differentiation. By combining business with geographical information, enterprises achieve better insight, make better business decisions, are more innovative, and ultimately drive spatial into their core business processes.

SAP HANA provides an extremely powerful platform to process all kinds of enterprise data, structured & unstructured, including spatial data.  Specifically, the SAP HANA spatial engine provides extreme performance, simplicity, and agility for creating that next-generation application as well as supporting third-party geospatial & GIS platforms, like Esri ArcGIS.

Earlier this year it was announced that SAP HANA is a supported Enterprise Geodatabase for Esri.  This provides a tremendous value proposition for joint SAP & Esri customers by providing one platform for both enterprise & GIS.  Customers leveraging SAP HANA with Esri & SAP are seeing higher performance, reduced TCO, and seamless integration of enterprise and GIS data.

To further improve ROI and increase agility, the latest release of the SAP Cloud Platform, SAP HANA service was launched at SAPPHIRE 2018.  This “next generation” of SAP HANA was developed based on cloud-first principles, both technically and commercially.  It provides for instant provisioning, multi-cloud deployment on various third-party hyperscaler providers of your choosing, elastic scalability, consumption based pricing, and is fully maintained by SAP.  Best of all, it’s still the same powerful SAP HANA platform you’ve experienced before with its advanced capabilities like graph, spatial, predictive, text analysis & mining, and machine learning.

You can now easily spin-up SAP HANA instances in the cloud to create those innovative solutions, run  advanced analytics, create custom applications & application extensions, and use for spatial scenarios with Esri ArcGIS.  These include Esri use cases for geodatabase, query layers, and Insights for Esri ArcGIS. Many scenarios requiring spatial data can benefit greatly from this agility, so we are proud that SAP HANA as a Service can be leveraged for Esri ArcGIS scenarios.

Cloud can bring more flexibility and scalability to spatial scenarios.

Take, for example, the scenario below SAP built with Esri ArcGIS and SAP, showcased at SAPPHIRE in Hasso Plattner’s keynote. It shows how a utility planner can proactively determine and upgrade transformers based on expected electronic vehicle sales and the transformer load that would result.

SAP HANA’s predictive capabilities are used to determine the future electronic vehicle sales using Esri’s Tapestry data as one of the inputs.  Demographic data groups neighbourhoods into “Professional Pride” and “Bright Young Professionals”, which helps predict electric vehicle sales in the neighborhood.

(A high-level overview allows the utility planner to easily identify hot spots)

(Drill down to see demographic information about a neighborhood and resolved and expected outages)

Using the Esri ArcGIS Network Utility Model, this scenario is used to determine which transformers feed a neighborhood (called tracing).  By neighborhood it then determines what load the expected electronic vehicles would place on a given transformer—and which should be replaced before they fail and cause an outage.

Then the SAP Service Ticket Intelligence Insights capability and Ruum by SAP, SAP’s simple project management overlay, are used to collaborate and take proactive actions.

(Share the information easily in collaboration tools)


You can watch the full demonstration in the recording of Hasso Plattner’s SAPPHIRE keynote (starting at 1:19)

In this example the electric distribution data is located in Florida, but the utility planning application could be used in multiple regions. If the company wanted to deploy this application in a different region they may choose to deploy to a local datacenter in a public cloud provider. This develop once, deploy anywhere notion increases the speed at which new areas could be analyzed and extra SAP HANA capacity can be added easily in the cloud without needing to purchase, deploy, and maintain hardware. And it’s possible that the application could be used for a temporary amount of time, in cloud scenarios you can “spin down” instances when not in use so you aren’t paying for capacity you don’t need.

More information on connecting Esri ArcGIS to SAP HANA can be found in this blog, here’s a tutorial on connecting SAP HANA as a Service ODBC client access. Why do you want to do this? Easy—you get all of the benefits of SAP HANA as your enterprise geodatabase for Esri ArcGIS without the installation and management requirements. Start fast, scale up quickly, and leave the management to SAP Cloud Platform.

You can learn more and see live demos at the ESRI User Conference July 9-13 at booth 601.

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