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John Appleby | October 24, 2014
10 days before SAP TechEd, called and asked if we could replicate the Wikipedia page views demo that Oracle produced during their Annual OpenWorld in early October. For those who haven't seen it, it is a download of the 250bn rows of Page view statistics for Wikimedia projects, which are stored in hourly files since 2007. People always ask how we got the same dataset - it's publicly available at the link above. There were two real challenges - first, my math calculated th...
John Appleby | October 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...
Hasso Plattner | October 23, 2014
Having discussed the system configurations for large sERP systems in my last blog, I want to continue today to explain why HANA is an ideal platform for applications in the cloud. Instead of reacting to the ranting of some scared competitors I like to go step by step through some of the unique features of HANA, making it the best, currently available, choice for software as a service. This applies to sERP on HEC, the business network applications, the customer and partner app...
Hasso Plattner | October 23, 2014
In the first part I discussed the system landscape for the suite on HANA looking at large implementations. A crucial feature was the split of data into actual and historical data and the fact that unused tables can be purged from main memory after a certain period of time. The smaller the data footprint of actual data becomes the faster the scan and filter operations in HANA will run. Now, this might not have any real impact on response times for the user anymore, because ...
Benjamin Benitez | October 23, 2014
It was around 5 PM when I saw the dusk painted ceiling of the Grand Canal Shoppes as the escalator reached the second floor of the Venetian casino.  After a day of sessions, demos, and a StarTrek inspired keynote I had forgotten that I was in Vegas, as surprising as it sounds I had been engulfed by SAP TechEd && d-code. Then again can you blame me?    Day one was kicked off by Bjorn Goerke’s keynote whose “One truth, one platform, and ...
Michael Eacrett | October 22, 2014
Introducing SAP HANA SPS 09: The Platform for All Applications SAP HANA SPS 09 provides numerous exciting functionalities developed by SAP, as well as additional capabilities provided by SAP co-innovation partners.  This new release renews our commitment to accelerating cloud adoption, providing the most powerful platform for both transactional and analytical applications, creating instant value from big data assets, and enabling co-innovation with our customers and partner...
Christine Donato | October 22, 2014
The best stories are told by customers themselves.  The following eBook, compiled of stories by Bloomberg and Forbes, provides insight into the heavy momentum SAP HANA is playing in the market illustrated via SAP customer stories. Many organizations are running and reaping the benefits of SAP HANA including: Adobe, Alliander, ARI, Carefusion Commonwealth Bank, City of Boston, City of Cape Town, ConAgra, eBay, EMC, Florida Crystals, Globus, HP, HSE24, Johnsonville, Kaeser ...
Chris Hallenbeck | October 21, 2014
Try Simple.  Buy Simple.  Run Simple. SAP has new offers to get you quickly realizing the benefits of SAP in-memory and data management solutions.   Today, at TechEd && d-code Las Vegas, we announced the availability of the SAP Simpler Choice DB Program.  This program is designed to make it easy for you to adopt SAP in-memory and data management solutions through a range of compelling tools and offers.     Here's how: Try Simple: We’ll get you started for free ...
Irfan Khan | October 21, 2014
In the old days before the advent of Big Data, the Cloud and the Internet of Things, managing cash flow was one of the primary concerns of any  enterprise. Today, as we accelerate towards the networked economy, managing the flow of information is becoming just as critical to the success of business. What’s different now? The big difference between data now and before is that in the past, only humans created and collected data as they went about their lives and their work...
Adolf Brosig | October 20, 2014
The SAP HANA journey towards openness continuous today with the announcement of new cost-optimized entry level servers for SAP HANA targeting price sensitive customers on the low-end of the enterprise market, and adding new large scale-up high-performance computing configurations for SAP HANA on the high-end of the enterprise market. Every customer use case is different. For this reason, SAP introduced the Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI) deployment model for SAP HANA...
John Appleby | October 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...
Michael Eacrett | October 22, 2014
Introducing SAP HANA SPS 09: The Platform for All Applications SAP HANA SPS 09 provides numerous exciting functionalities developed by SAP, as well as additional capabilities provided by SAP co-innovation partners.  This new release renews our commitment to accelerating cloud adoption, providing the most powerful platform for both transactional and analytical applications, creating instant value from big data assets, and enabling co-innovation with our customers and partner...
Andrea Kristen | October 16, 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...
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...
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 ...
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...
John Appleby | April 7, 2013
I've been involved in a few SAP HANA projects where performance has been initially disappointing, and I have been asked to come and show the customer HANA speed. As I've said before, you can take the best technology in the world, create a bad design, and it will work badly. Yes, even SAP HANA can be slow. With that in mind, here are my best practices for HANA data loading. 1) Build the right architecture Every technology has limits, and HANA is constrained by the sam...
Dan Kearnan | November 2, 2012
SAPPHIRE NOW Madrid is just around the corner and for those of you attending this year’s event who want to learn more about BW Powered by SAP HANA, you will have amble opportunity to do so. As you may know, one of the goals at SAPPHIRE NOW from Madrid is to ensure that customers take the stage to tell their story and share their experiences in working with various SAP solutions including BW running on HANA. With over 180 BW customers who have moved to HANA to supercharge the...

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