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John Appleby | July 24, 2014
Oracle finally released their in-memory cache for the Oracle 12c database this week. With it, has already come a good quantity of anti-SAP HANA marketing, with the usual jousting that you would expect between enterprise software vendors. They released a comparison sheet between Oracle and SAP HANA, which is the usual mix of propaganda/marketing. This is compounded because SAP has reseller agreements with Oracle and IBM, so they have to be very careful how they position SAP...
Sajal Agarwal | July 24, 2014
We recently conducted a customer webinar focused on how our customers and partners are fundamentally changing their customer interactions using SAP HANA in the high-tech industry. Customers, thought leaders and partners such as ebay, Cisco, and Adobe presented their use cases and success stories on implementing SAP HANA. Below are some of the highlights from the webinar from my live twitter feed @sajal_agarwal: 1. First #Cisco presented on how @saphana helps its ...
John Schitka | July 23, 2014
Weekends, as I noted in an earlier blog, are great for catching up on reading, but so apparently are waiting rooms. Something I recently discovered when I came across an interesting The Economist article in my dentist’s waiting room. By the way weekends are also great for watching sports, like a  IFA World Cup final, which after a very good game and valiant effort by Argentina, Germany finally won. And working for SAP I found it particularly satisfying given that SAP had a ro...
Jordan Cao | July 22, 2014
I am glad to have had the opportunity to join the exciting “SAP HANA Business Application Contest” event at SAP Forum in Shanghai, China.  After two-months of preparation, seven customer and partner teams were selected to present their HANA applications on the stage competing for five awards.  Their presentations were each judged by a strong committee of six judges: two SAP VPs, two customer CIOs, one Intel director, and one VP from analyst/media company. The judges shared po...
Kathrin Henkel | July 22, 2014
Your business department was asking for the SAP HANA platform, your job as IT is the cost efficient implementation and seamless operation. You feel that the business is the clear winner in that game? Think again and imagine… what if there are use cases where also your department benefits from the SAP HANA platform…. Let me ask you some questions: How often does your company experience IT issues that affect performance or productivity? Would you say that the frequency o...
Volker Haentjes | July 22, 2014
In discussions with customers on SAP HANA platform often breakthrough innovation and business value take center stage. From an IT perspective also cost and manageability are frequently discussed. The good news is: Now first publications show that implementing and running SAP HANA can provide cost savings even to the IT organization. Forrester Consulting conducted a cost analysis based on its Total Economic Impact (TEI) methodology to show how implementing SAP HANA could hel...
Marie Goodell | July 20, 2014
My colleague, Timo Elliott, likes to joke that a data scientist is a business analyst from Silicon Valley.   At SAP, I think our data scientists combine science (e.g. statistics, mathematical models, computer programming) with analytic artistry (e.g. predictive analytics and visualization) to explain the story that the data is telling us. Data Science in Action -- An Example Imagine that you are a retail store that wants to invest in a promotion.  To be successful, you want t...
Rukhshaan Omar | July 18, 2014
Textile Rubber and Chemical Company(TRCC) is debunking the myth that SAP HANA is not ready for transactions and analytics together. TRCC, an SAP® mid-market customer, is a privately-owned textile and chemical manufacturer who is a winner in the Trailblazer Innovator Category of the first SAP HANA Innovation Award.  They are a great example for the industry that companies of all sizes can capitalize on HANA’s speed, agility and effectiveness for transacting on and analyzing da...
Marie Goodell | July 16, 2014
In June, my husband and I had a delightful holiday in Germany visiting close friends. We had the privilege of watching the German National football team play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup from people's homes and in public viewing stands along the Rhine. We missed the Germany / USA game because we were on a flight home, but when we got back to San Francisco, we continued to watch each game at home on our big TV screen. What amazed me about the entire World Cup is how the Germany ...
Gert Schroeter | July 11, 2014
As you expand your system landscape to better address your business needs you are faced with a recurring question: make or buy needed extensions? SAP users in today’s Environment can create some exciting and innovative applications by leveraging the power of SAP HANA and their existing ABAP skills. As part of the 2014 SAP Middleware webcast series the upcoming webinar will give you insight on how to customize your on-premise and cloud system landscape with technology availabl...
John Appleby | July 24, 2014
Oracle finally released their in-memory cache for the Oracle 12c database this week. With it, has already come a good quantity of anti-SAP HANA marketing, with the usual jousting that you would expect between enterprise software vendors. They released a comparison sheet between Oracle and SAP HANA, which is the usual mix of propaganda/marketing. This is compounded because SAP has reseller agreements with Oracle and IBM, so they have to be very careful how they position SAP...
Marie Goodell | July 16, 2014
In June, my husband and I had a delightful holiday in Germany visiting close friends. We had the privilege of watching the German National football team play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup from people's homes and in public viewing stands along the Rhine. We missed the Germany / USA game because we were on a flight home, but when we got back to San Francisco, we continued to watch each game at home on our big TV screen. What amazed me about the entire World Cup is how the Germany ...
Michael Eacrett | July 9, 2014
Introducing SAP HANA SPS 08: The Platform for All Applications The new SAP HANA SPS 08 release provides functionality to accelerate, innovate, and simplify your business.  Accelerate the adoption of infrastructure applications and the integration of third party applications into your IT environments. SAP HANA offers expanded technology choices including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Intel Ivy Bridge processor-based systems and expanded support for backup & recovery sol...
Hasso Plattner | July 7, 2014
For over 45 years the world has built enterprise systems with the help of aggregates. The idea is based on the assumption that we can improve the response times for most of the business applications by pre-building aggregates and maintain them transactionally as materialized tables. This technique is used in financial systems as well as in sales and logistic systems. The aggregates could be defined in sql and managed by the database or completely handled by the application co...
Andrea Kristen | June 3, 2014
Backint for SAP HANA is an API that enables 3rd party tool vendors to directly connect their backup agents to the SAP HANA database. Backups are transferred via pipe from the SAP HANA database to the 3rd party backup agent, which runs on the SAP HANA database server and then sends the backups to the 3rd party backup server. 3rd party backup tools can be fully integrated with SAP HANA: Execution of backup and recovery from SAP HANA studio and via SAP HANA SQL commandsConfig...
Marc Bernard | April 10, 2014
(February 2014: Now with more and updated links as well as a section on careers around SAP HANA) Everyone has to start somewhere. And yes, I was a SAP HANA beginner at one time, too (going back to the first days of BW Accelerator). The great news is that we have a wealth of information and plenty of learning opportunities about SAP HANA out there and much of it is available for free! Are you new to and want to learn about SAP HANA? Congratulations and welcome to the SAP ...
Hillary Bliss | August 22, 2013
Mining social media data for customer feedback is perhaps one of the greatest untapped opportunities for customer analysis in many organizations today.  Social media data is freely available and allows organizations to personally identify and interact directly with customers to resolve any potential dissatisfaction.  In today’s blog post, I’ll discuss using SAP Data Services, SAP HANA, and SAP Predictive Analysis to collect, process, visualize, and analyze social media data r...
Ken Tsai | June 17, 2013
As my colleague Vijay has already posted, I am very happy to see that IBM has finally embraced the paradigm shift by modernizing their database and entering the world of columnar in-memory processing of data.  The status quo of processing OLTP and OLAP separately was the critical business bottleneck which prompted SAP to completely re-think information processing architecture and introduce SAP HANA 2 years ago. SAP HANA is not just a database; it is a platform that provides c...
Vishal Sikka | April 5, 2013
It has been a privilege to bring to market a transformative platform like SAP HANA and witness its massive and real growth. The results are not hype as one of the financial analysts has stated, but a direct result of the unbelievable demand and customer value we see. Here is my point of view. While most of the industry was chasing trends like big data on database architectures that are either quite outdated, or only partially serve the needs of modern data processing, SAP w...
Steve Lucas | June 13, 2012
Well – I can’t say I am surprised by all the debate on Twitter about SAP HANA potentially replacing BW. I wrote this blog in response to about 50 tweets I saw on Friday about the topic. I want to thank Vijay Vijayasankar from IBM for his contributions! I plan on covering four scenarios in this blog that will hopefully help guide people. Those scenarios are: 1. I have SAP ECC and BW, what do I do? 2. I have SAP ECC and may want BW, what do I do? 3. I have SAP ECC, but som...

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