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James Gold | September 15, 2014
Whether you’re a technology fanatic or a casual observer of the industry, it’s always helpful to take stock of industry trends in a broader context – particularly as they relate to SAP solutions.  Several weeks ago, we sponsored a webinar on “Selecting Cloud Platforms for Customer Engagement,” featuring Forrester’s John Rymer and SAP’s Suresh Ramakrishnan.  In their 60 minute presentation, John and Suresh did what they do best:   discuss, respectively, cloud platforms in the ...
Victoria Menshchikova | September 11, 2014
Supply chains are becoming increasingly more complex and more central in driving business results. They have transformed from chains to interconnected networks requiring much more fluid and dynamic processes.  Balancing supply and demand and getting the forecast right has real impact on the performance of the business. This process requires powerful technologies to effectively manage and leverage the big data volumes now available from structured and unstructured sources.  Ho...
Puneet Suppal | September 10, 2014
Back in April, I wrote about the University of Kentucky’s success with SAP HANA that was conveyed by an IDC study. The study revealed that SAP HANA increased data reporting speeds by as much as 420 times, making granular data available in minutes rather than days! The university now experiences up to 15 times improvement in query load times, and up to 87% reduction in ETL times. On the business front, the study reported an ROI of 509%! There is a human aspect of this ama...
John Appleby | September 9, 2014
I’ve been meaning to pen an update to this FAQ for nearly 2 years, with this being the primary listed reference on Wikipedia, but somehow never found the time. When I heard wanted to collaborate, I thought it was time for a rewrite and update! Part 1 – HANA OverviewWhat is SAP HANA? SAP HANA is an in-memory database and application platform, which is for many operations 10-1000x faster than a regular database like Oracle on the same hardware. This allows simplification o...
Christine Donato | September 8, 2014
Today aircraft safety holds paramount significance.  One of the world’s largest commercial, military, and business jet corporations, Spirit AeroSystems, manufactures composite and metallic aircraft fuselages, propulsion systems, and wing structures.  When Spirit split from Boeing in 2005, its customer base grew substantially, resulting in a $41 billion backlog of orders to fill. To address the data logjam, Spirit chose SAP HANA. Now the company has a single source of truth, i...
Carsten Nitschke | September 8, 2014
Talking to my customers and prospects, many of them have understood that, at its core, SAP HANA is a very fast database. But many of them ask, “OK, so HANA’s fast, but why do I need that speed? How does it help my business?” Let me answer that question by telling you a short story based on my life before I joined SAP. When I finished school, I was a driver and assistant to a team of emergency doctors.. As the word “emergency” implies, getting to an urgent medical situation...
Hasso Plattner | September 2, 2014
It is amazing to me how little the benefits of the Suite on HANA are understood or even known in general and by the members of the Americas' SAP Users' Group specifically. The sERP system with reincorporated components like CRM, SRM and SCM is in my mind a bigger step forward than the introduction of R/3 22 years ago. Why is it so difficult to communicate the benefits? Let me try to find an explanation and reiterate the long list of benefits. First, the HANA database is at...
Jade Vachon | August 19, 2014
Problem: I feel the need. The need for speed.   - Maverick and Goose (Top Gun) Sagem, a member of the French aerospace and defense conglomerate SAFRAN, is a global leader in optronics, avionics, and electronics for aircraft. It makes the stuff that enables fighter jets to go fast and outmaneuver adversaries. In a company like this, there is, naturally, little patience for slow reporting and analysis. Sagem expects its IT systems to be as quick and agile as the fighte...
Amr El Meleegy | August 18, 2014
The number of SAP Business Suite on HANA customers continues to grow rapidly and with it the number of new customer success stories. In her new article titled Over 1200 Customers and Growing, Lauren Bonneau Managing Editor at Wellesley Information Services sheds new light on 5 new stories from Sapphire Now 2014 in Orlando. While there are many factors that influence the rapid adoption of any new product in the market the following three were clearly evident in the article:...
Zora Caklovic | August 14, 2014
SAP is committed to continuously enhance the openness of SAP HANA providing its customers and developer community with ultimate amount of flexibility and choice. Openness helps customers achieve innovation, increase agility and lower TCO.  This year’s SAP HANA product news certainly reflects this commitment. Since the beginning of the year, SAP has introduced a number of new hardware and software innovations across all layers of the SAP HANA technology stack, further exten...
Steve Lucas | September 15, 2014
*To read an update on this blog, please click here: Does SAP HANA Replace BW? (Hint: Still, No.) 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 E...
John Appleby | September 9, 2014
I’ve been meaning to pen an update to this FAQ for nearly 2 years, with this being the primary listed reference on Wikipedia, but somehow never found the time. When I heard wanted to collaborate, I thought it was time for a rewrite and update! Part 1 – HANA OverviewWhat is SAP HANA? SAP HANA is an in-memory database and application platform, which is for many operations 10-1000x faster than a regular database like Oracle on the same hardware. This allows simplification o...
Hasso Plattner | September 2, 2014
It is amazing to me how little the benefits of the Suite on HANA are understood or even known in general and by the members of the Americas' SAP Users' Group specifically. The sERP system with reincorporated components like CRM, SRM and SCM is in my mind a bigger step forward than the introduction of R/3 22 years ago. Why is it so difficult to communicate the benefits? Let me try to find an explanation and reiterate the long list of benefits. First, the HANA database is at...
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...
Amr El Meleegy | May 20, 2014
Time flies and once again SAPPHIRE NOW is upon us. If you recall, the major theme of the event last year was the general availability announcement of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA (or more casually Suite on HANA) along with the option to deploy the solution as a service with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud.  Of course, a lot has happened since then and I thought it would be a good idea to recap some of the key Suite on HANA announcements that took place since the event las...
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 ...
Mark Hourani | December 20, 2013
So you want to use SAML to support single sign-on and secure your SAP HANA XS web application? Who doesn’t? This blog post will give you step-by-step instructions to enable your XS app to authenticate existing users from your SAP BI, NW, BW or your non-SAP apps. Here is how I enabled SAML authentication for my XS app. I have performed these tasks in both rev 67 and rev 70 versions of HANA. I will refer to an SSL guide posted by Erik Lemen and a SAML/XS one posted internall...
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...
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...

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