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John Appleby | April 17, 2014
Nearly two years ago, I collaborated with my good friend on and . Two years have passed, the conversation, and technology, has moved on, and I thought it was time to revisit this conversation. In the meantime, there are over 3000 HANA customers, and my team has nearly 20 active projects as of this month. Exciting times! Here are the questions I'm hearing from customers. With the SAP Business Suite on HANA, is BW dead? Short version: NO! If you move your SAP Busines...
Rich Heilman | April 17, 2014
Once again this year, ASUG is offering several pre-conference sessions at the annual ASUG/SAPPHIRE conference in Orlando.  My colleague Thomas Jung and I will be hosting a full day hands-on session called "Application Development Based on ABAP and SAP HANA" focusing on SAP HANA Native Development as well as ABAP on HANA. If you are an ABAP developer looking to find out how HANA will affect your daily work, then this session is exactly what you are looking for. We will begin t...
David Ginsberg | April 16, 2014
In the transportation industry, knowing what markets are growing versus those that are declining can make a big difference to the bottom line.  Our data science team recently worked with a major railway in North America. This railway is using Data Science and Big Data to better understand market growth and erosion. This is of great strategic importance, since it impacts future company performance. The railway has found it relatively easy to compare year over year financial...
Ryan Somers | April 15, 2014
Swaziland – bordering South Africa and Mozambique with a population of only 1.2 million, is the country hardest hit by HIV/AIDS. 25% of the adult population and a staggering 40% of mothers are affected by the virus. Swaziland has also seen its life expectancy drop from an average of 58 years in 2000, down to 50 years in 2011. Part of this is because of extreme poverty, lack of education, and limited healthcare. But there is hope and Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation (RSSC...
Christine Donato | April 15, 2014
Sarah Williams* is a millennial. And like most millennials, Sarah has student loans.  To put herself through college, she worked overtime as a restaurant server; however that was not enough to cover the cost of tuition, rent, car payments, and text books.  Sarah graduated in 2013 with over $31,000 in student loan debt. According to the American Student Association, today, in the US, there is somewhere between $902 billion and $1 trillion in total outstanding student loan de...
Steve Lucas | April 14, 2014
Last week SAP announced that all our solutions powered by SAP HANA, as well as HANA itself are now available via subscription. I think it’s important to note that not only are HANA and our core business suite software licenses available via subscription, but more importantly they are available in the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (i.e. hosted and managed in our data centers).This means that for any company that wants to pay by the month and get the world’s best business applicati...
John Schitka | April 14, 2014
Trust you had a good time at Hadoop Summit Europe in Amsterdam. SAP, ranked fourth in Big Data market share by Wikibon, we certainly did. We were pleased to be able to share our Big Data story and strategy with so many. It was a pleasure and a privilege to meet so many of you and to be part of such a marvelous event. It is rapidly growing with over 750 attendees this year up nearly 60% from last year – showing the growth interest around Big Data in Europe. And in such an ...
Gert Schroeter | April 11, 2014
Recent reports referring to “Heartbleed” (see more at http://heartbleed.com), describe a vulnerability that potentially affect a lot of hard and software vendors – and their customers! It is stated that the vulnerability could potentially allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to retrieve memory from a connected client or server, using an Open SSL library. Due to a missing bounds check in the handling of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) heartbeat extension, an attacker c...
Jan Teichmann | April 11, 2014
At TechED 2013 in Las Vegas it was announced by Vishal Sikka: SAP HANA's availability on a bigger instance type of Amazon Web Services infrastructure: cr1.8xlarge with 16 vCPUs and 244 GB of main memory. Since then, customers have started implementing HANA on it. One of the more technical activities with combined forces of Amazon Web Services and SAP was to officially certify certain instance types for use by SAP HANA. There is a process to go through which looks at the fo...
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 ...
Steve Lucas | April 14, 2014
Last week SAP announced that all our solutions powered by SAP HANA, as well as HANA itself are now available via subscription. I think it’s important to note that not only are HANA and our core business suite software licenses available via subscription, but more importantly they are available in the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (i.e. hosted and managed in our data centers).This means that for any company that wants to pay by the month and get the world’s best business applicati...
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 ...
Rukhshaan Omar | April 8, 2014
I am pleased to announce the SAP Panel of judges for the SAP HANA Innovation Award, selected from departments instrumental in driving HANA adoption. The SAP User group, from list of eligible countries that can participate in the award, have the opportunity to nominate a judge and I will announce them in my next blog. Steve Lucas Watch the message from Steve Lucas about the SAP HANA Innovation Award. Steve is the global president of SAP Platform Solutions, leading the go-t...
SAP HANA | March 17, 2014
By: Ido Shamgar Your customers provide it. Your sales and customer service reps need it. Federal, state, and municipal governments require you to report on it. And your bank’s future depends on it. Do you know what it is? It’s data – and it’s everywhere. However, to manage today’s highly volatile and heavily regulated financial environment and react quickly to changing conditions, simply collecting data is not enough. Banks must be able to access the right inf...
Vishal Sikka | September 16, 2013
Given the new paradigm in enterprise computing that has unfolded with HANA and the power of in-memory technology as the platform for business, I have been thinking a lot about how we can more deeply and accurately measure the value of enterprise systems. I am also keenly aware of grand claims from some vendors, claims that don’t provide context or insight into actual value. Companies struggle to make sense of these claims and in the end are left to guess. I believe there c...
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...
Richard Putz | June 25, 2012
Two major benefits achieved by migrating SAP NetWeaver BW to the SAP HANA database are (1) the dramatic improvement in data load times for Data Store Objects and (2) the significantly boosted performance while reporting from them. With the latest content releases found in SAP NetWeaver 7.30 BI Content 7.37 SP 01 or SAP NetWeaver 7.31 BI Content 7.47 SP 01, a large fraction (about 2/3) of DataStore Objects that were delivered so far have now been prepared for HANA-optimization...
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...
Scott Leatherman | February 22, 2012
The SAP Startup Forum is a day of collaboration and learning focused on big data trends and technologies. Local startup companies are invited to spend a day on the SAP Labs campus in Palo Alto to: Contribute to the big data discussionEngage technical resources and promotional supportHear from and meet with key SAP leadersExplore customer and funding opportunitiesNetwork and win ‘bragging rights’ in a mini-tradeshow contest and mixer (3:30-5:00 Building 1 Cafe) When: March 7,...

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