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Making good beer is all about innovation.  As generations change and new trends enter the market, brewers have to keep up, take risks, and ensure that their brands are fresh. For the brewers at Molson Coors, innovation comprises the foundation of their business. They innovate in their products, the way it’s

consumed, and even how it’s delivered.


Molson Coors Fun Facts: Did you know?

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  • Bill Coors and his team developed the first recyclable aluminum beer can in 1959? The rest of the beverage world shortly caught on.
  • Blue Moon Belgium White was crafted in 1995 and originally called, “Bellyslide Belgian White.”
  • Coors Light’s Rocky Mountain Cold Activated Bottles and Cans inform the drinker when their beer is cold enough for perfect consumption
  • Carling, Britain's best-selling lager for over three decades is made from 100% British barley

 

With new ideas and brands released consistently through the years, it’s no surprise that Molson Coors is leading the way for internal innovation as well.  Acquisitions make up a key portion of the company’s innovation strategy, and to efficiently measure business performance, Molson Coors needed a larger and faster Business Intelligence space. To meet their IT needs, Molson Coors implemented SAP BW powered by SAP HANA.


Watch this video for details on Molson Coors’ partnership with SAP.

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The new, simplified system allows Molson Coors to develop much faster.  The nightly reporting schedule is completed each day by the time the business begins in the morning, providing employees with data easily and on time.  Their new, incredibly fast system allows Molson Coors to analyze data and put it to work for their business with unprecedented speed.  They’ve shorted the time it takes to develop a requested prototype from five days to one.


In the beer industry, it’s imperative to know what your customer likes and wants, and then predict the next best product based on that knowledge.  Molson Coors’ mantra even states that, “Innovation starts and ends with our beer drinkers.” To put that statement into action, the company is now using SAP BW powered by SAP HANA to analyze customer sentiment based on social media.  They can see the buzz around their products, and through analyzing consumer tweets and Facebook posts, Molson Coors can determine the best existing markets and the best new markets to dive into.


What happens when you combine customer insight, creativity, curiosity, and a passion for great brewing? You get these new Molson Coors products that I’m eager to try:

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  • Coors Light Iced T (available in Canada): the perfect refreshing treat for approaching summer months
  • Blue Moon Caramel Apple Spiced Ale: completely based on suggestions from fans
  • Carling Zest: low alcohol content (2.8%) is designed to quench your thirst from first to last sip
  • Molson Canadian 67: the low calorie option weighing in at 67 calories per bottle
  • Molson M®: the world’s only microcarbonated® lager, brewed to the ideal level of carbonation

With detailed insight into consumer preference provided by SAP BW powered by SAP HANA, Molson Coors has faith that they can achieve their goal of becoming one of the top four brewers in the world within the next five to ten years.  To all the tailgaters, party-goers, bar lovers, and BBQer’s of the world: you can rest easy knowing that Molson Coors is going to keep you stocked with their great tasting products for many years to come.

Cheers with me @CMDonato and on LinkedIn.

The SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA was launched in January 2013 to help drive an entire business in real-time for higher business value and dramatically simplify IT for a lower cost. More than 800 companies already acquired the Suite on HANA just one year after its launch. In this series of blog posts, I will continue to share some of those real-time business experiences and value.

 

Just because a company is small doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a complex business.

 

Take a look at Joskin. The Soumagne, Belgium-based manufacturer of agricultural trailers and related tools produces close to 3,000 machines every year. On the face of it, that doesn’t sound like much of a challenge. But consider this: every agricultural machine it produces is unique to the customer, from slurry spreaders and livestock trailers to field aerators and self-propelled cargo trucks. They manufacture more than 70 different types of machines with more than 1,500 options. They then distribute customized orders from their four European factories to more than 40 countries around the world. The family-owned company is fast-growing, with revenues increasing four-fold since 2000 and an employee base that has expanded from 240 to 790 people. And they’re constantly tweaking and expanding their product lines to meet the changing needs of the agricultural customers they serve.

 

With 107 million euros in revenues a year, Joskin is a midsize manufacturer without outsized customer service challenges. To support its expansion while still providing outstanding service to a growing customer base, they needed to make detailed information available at employees’ fingertips. They also wanted to streamline other key business functions, including material resource planning, financial reporting, and IT management. So last year, they deployed ERP on SAP HANA.

 

Now Joskin’s customer service department can respond to the distinct needs of the farmers who contact them. When answering customer service requests, they can pull up an exact view of the individual machine down to its bill of materials that outlines each piece of equipment’s individual parts and assemblies in a single second. They can also immediately modify the install base of the customer equipment if any modifications or repairs were performed after delivery. Thus they can address customer problems and questions on the phone or online at the speed that customers have come to expect in today’s hyper-connected world.

 

Thanks to SAP HANA’s performance, customer service has improved dramatically. And the company is poised to reinvent other processes throughout the business to take advantage of real-time information. Material resource planning and daily production control reports are processes seven times faster. This means that Joskin can now run MRPs as frequently as needed. Certain financial reports took the accounting department more than ten minutes to run or—worse—often aborted due to a timeout. The accounting staff would have to reload a single report up to six times to get what they needed, taking up an hour of time they could devote to higher level financial analysis and decision-making. Now those accounting professionals can access financial information from general ledger, accounts payable and receivable, and line-item reporting in a few seconds. And closing the books is a lot smoother.

 

IT management is simpler, too. Backups take 40 minutes instead of five hours. With a database that is six times smaller, recovery takes less time. And, like other users of the system, their total cost of IT operations will decrease.

 

More responsive systems and analytics will enable company leaders to meet their stated goals of developing a dealer network closer to their users—for increased customer responsiveness and greater customer input into product development—and closer control and optimization of strategic phases of production at Joskin.

 

To hear from Joskin leaders about their experience with SAP ERP powered by SAP HANA, check out this video.

 

Si-Mohamed Said, Vice President Enterprise Apps and Industries, SAP


This blog was originally posted on SCN and republished with permission



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Have you ever seen this message? No? What a shame! You can find a lot of valuable information in the HANA manuals of SAP HANA platform product documentation.

RTHM - Read The HANA Manuals!

New Blog Series about SAP HANA Platform Product Documentation

In this new blog series the SAP HANA knowledge management team plans to regularly inform you about news and updates to the SAP HANA platform product documentation. Product documentation describes SAP HANA features in a systematic, task-oriented manner. Additionally, this documentation is reviewed and approved by SAP HANA development and product management.

 

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Why do I need to read SAP HANA Platform product documentation?

  • It systematically covers the whole product lifecycle, from initial planning, installation and security configuration of single and multiple hosts systems to operating, administrating, monitoring, and optimizing SAP HANA landscapes through to developing new SAP HANA based applications.
  • It is legally an integral part of the SAP HANA platform software product itself: what’s in the documentation is officially part of the product SAP HANA platform.
  • It is written using a primarily task oriented approach, providing:
    • Tasks and tutorials (What to do?)
    • Concepts for technical background (What's it about?)
    • References for details.

 

You find the SAP HANA product documentation on SAP Help Portal at http://help.sap.com/hana_platform.

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Latest SAP HANA Platform Product Documentation

  • SAP HANA Platform SPS 07 Revision 73 was shipped on 03/17/2014. This revision had been verified by running an internal enterprise application in production at SAP.
  • The complete SAP HANA Platform product documentation set has been updated and is available on SAP Help Portal at http://help.sap.com/hana_platform.
  • What’s New in SAP HANA Platform?
    See the chapter SAP HANA Platform SPS 07, Features Included in Revision 73:
    • Development
      • SAP HANA Interactive Education (SHINE)
      • SAP HANA UI Integration Services: Support of Fiori Launchpad
    • Data Provisioning
      • SAP Smart Data Access (SAP SDA) adapter for SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII)

 

What’s coming next?
The next update of the complete SAP HANA Platform documentation set is planned for the SAP HANA SPS 08 shipment at the end of May 2014.

 

Future Topics RTHM - Read The HANA Manuals! Blog Series

  • SAP HANA Installation Documentation (12/2013)
    Installation in SAP HANA SPS 07 - welcoming hdblcm(gui) to the family
    (Stephanie Lewellen/Doc Lead SAP HANA Installation Documentation)
  • SAP HANA Development Documentation (coming soon)
    Visual roadmap for guiding SAP HANA developers
    (Geoffrey Nolan/Information Architect SAP HANA Developer Documentation)
  • SAP HANA Security Documentation (coming soon)
    E2E roadmap for configuring and implementing SAP HANA security settings
    (Sinead Higgins/Doc Lead SAP HANA Security Documentation)


Found errors? See room for improvement? Please provide feedback for SAP HANA product documentation!
SAP HANA product documentation should serve your needs, it should help you understand and efficiently use SAP HANA platform. To shape and write SAP HANA product documentation according to your needs, we ask you for any kind of feedback, so the documentation really does what it is intended to.

I have just one favor to ask you: When providing feedback for SAP HANA platform product documentation, please be as specific as possible by naming the manual, guide or reference (preferably with a link) and the chapter or section that needs to be corrected or improved. I would appreciate it!


Ralph Schroeder
Doc Lead SAP HANA Platform
SAP HANA platform knowledge management team

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Have you heard? HANA 2014 is headed to Nice, France. Register now!


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WHEN:           May 21 – 23, 2014

WHERE:        Nice, France

WHAT:           SAP HANA Education, Networking, & More

WHO:             SAP HANA Enthusiasts


SAP and SAPInsider have collaborated to bring you the first event of its kind, HANA 2014. This event connects experts from our partner organizations to SAP customers who are evaluating, implementing, or optimizing SAP HANA for big data and real-time analytics.


Register to attend the pre-conference workshops, Tuesday May 20 and join us at any of the 60+ SAP HANA educational sessions and forums May 21-23. This event allows for endless networking opportunities and the chance for you to be one-on-one with SAP HANA professionals. Ask the experts about your most pressing HANA and in-memory computing concerns, and learn what HANA has to offer your business. HANA 2014 is the event you won't want to miss.


Make sure you’re a part of the excitement by registering now.


Nearly two years ago, I collaborated with my good friend Steve Lucas on Does SAP HANA Replace BW? (Hint: No.) and Does SAP HANA Replace BW? (Hint: No.) - Part 2. 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 Business Suite onto HANA and implement the HANA Live reporting layer, then you will have an excellent and real-time Operational Data Store (ODS). Especially if you are a new customer, you might not find it necessary to have SAP BW in addition to HANA Live. If you're an existing customer then you may find that HANA Live takes care of some (or even all) of your reporting needs. There are two major caveats!

 

First, most SAP customers have complex environments with several SAP Business Suites in different countries, and business complexity drives IT complexity. What I see in many cases is that customers want to put BW on HANA first, so they can get used to the technology, learn how to manage the new infrastructure and get a lower risk part of their IT landscape "on HANA". In fact, almost all of my SAP install base customers do SAP BW first. BW is a GREAT place to dip your toe in the HANA ocean!

 

Second, HANA Live solves the problems of Operational Reporting really well! However, BW - when implemented correctly - solves a different set of problems. BW consolidates information from multiple environments - be it geographic, or different SAP components like CRM and SCM. In addition, BW harmonizes master data and provides a single logical target operating model. The SAP Business Suite on HANA does not (and is not intended to) solve these problems!

 

SAP talks about simplifying the platform with HANA. Doesn't BW make things more complex?

 

I have seen SAP Board Member Vishal Sikka talk about the simplification of the SAP landscape. For instance, SAP CRM contains at least 40% duplication of data from SAP ERP, so if you were to combine both systems into one platform, you would see a significant reduction in overall storage and an association simplification in IT landscape. In addition, SAP BW is obviously a duplication of data, when it comes to SAP data stored in another system.

 

It seems likely that in future revisions of SAP BW, SAP will allow a linking of information from SAP BW into the Business Suite, so real-time data won't need to be duplicated into BW. This will also provide more real-time access to data warehouse information.

 

So I wouldn't say so much that BW makes things more complex, but rather that it allows you to encapsulate the complexity of your business in one place - including SAP data from ERP, CRM, SCM and other systems, plus whatever other kinds of data you need from other places in your business.

 

If I'm implementing a new data warehouse, should I implement it in HANA Enterprise or BW on HANA?

 

In my HANA business, there has been a resurgence of data warehouse implementations and this is a common question. What I normally reply to this is that SAP HANA in itself is an excellent database, data platform and application platform. However SAP HANA on its own does not provide a number of the functions that are required in a complex Enterprise Data Warehouse.

 

For those functions, SAP provides the BW EDW platform - BW takes care of SAP security and authorizations, complex hierarchies, non-cumulative data for stock and many other capabilities. In addition, the BW team has worked hard to update SAP BW 7.4 for the HANA generation, with a set of technologies it calls LSA++, which simplify and accelerate the build and operations of an EDW.

 

In short - if you want to build an app, data-mart, data platform or database, then use HANA on its own. If you want to build an Enterprise Data Warehouse, then use BW on HANA.

 

So SAP are still investing in BW?

 

Yes - more than ever, in my opinion, with the latest BW 7.4 version. If you're interested in the detail, there is a good Roadmap available, but the short version is that the BW team have invested to take advantage of the HANA DB. This means faster data loading, fewer layers of information, more agility. It allows you to mash-up BW and non-BW data (if you have a mixed license that allows for this) and real-time with batch. Plus, a lot of the tooling has been reworked. The BW guys have been hard at work and BW 7.4 is a real step change.

 

In addition, because BW uses a very low level of HANA calculation (lower than you can model in HANA Enterprise), for complex reporting requirements and query structures, BW on HANA can be much more flexible and performant than HANA Enterprise. If you're interested in the detail, there is a good explanation by BW lead Thomas Zurek. Yes, in some cases, BW on HANA is more capable than HANA Enterprise.

 

In addition, SAP changed the license late last year, and whilst you should check license detail with your sales rep, you should find that your license allows you to load data into HANA via BW, but then use all the HANA modeling tools to build data-marts, if you so wish. This is very useful for the build of custom data-marts in BW on HANA, though remember, you lose some of the BW functionality by doing this so it must be done with care.

 

What about cold data. Does BW on HANA support this?

 

Yes, and it supports it very well with the NLS connector for Sybase IQ. We find that for data warehouses larger than 5TB in Oracle, that a good portion of that 5TB is cold data that is rarely accessed. In this case, it doesn't make sense to buy expensive in-memory hardware to store the cold data, and it makes sense to store it in a separate store. SAP allow this in BW via a connector for Sybase IQ for Near-Line Storage.

 

So your older, non-changing data becomes stored in IQ and is visible the same way in BW and this improves the TCO equation for HANA significantly. If you have a smaller BW system then this won't be necessary but it is a great addition for large-scale systems.

 

Should I implement BW on-premise, or in the cloud?

 

You should do whatever suits your business. I'll be honest with you, most of the BW customers I deal with are big: 5-10TB Oracle or IBM databases, which require large HANA clusters of 10-20 HANA servers (including Dev/Test/QA/Prod/HA/DR plus growth), and right now, most of those customers are still buying on-premise hardware. For large-scale systems, it seems that on-premise may still have a lower TCO, and they also require a lot of network capability, which can be a concern in the cloud.

 

But I'm not sure this is indicative of the future and we are starting to see a shift with some customers considering large BW systems in the cloud - usually the SAP Cloud for large systems. In addition, we see a lot of use of the SAP BW on HANA Trial Edition which runs in the Amazon Cloud, and the Amazon Cloud is also now supported for smaller BW systems, which is also an option. In addition, there will be partner clouds by companies like EMC and T-Systems in 2014, and I'm expecting this to be a serious consideration for customers who have an existing outsourced datacenter agreement.

 

Final Words

 

I'm going to end this blog by stealing Steve's words from his original blog, because they are still perfect 2 years on.

 

So back to the original question: Does HANA replace BW? I suppose the answer is: No. But putting a statement out there like "if you haven't deployed BW you shouldn't" would be incredibly irresponsible. HANA is definitely many things (A database for BW, a high-performance analytical appliance, a platform for new applications), but matching the entire "system" known as BW point-for-point is a huge project for any company.

 

I have no doubt in my mind that most of you who have BW systems today would agree and some people will disagree with me (it’s guaranteed and I expect Inmon/Kimball quotes aplenty), and spurring on conversation was certainly part of the objective.

 

BW is here to stay - it's just changing with the modern HANA based system. And if you're a customer considering what to do with BW - my advice is simple. Put it on HANA.

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 the day with roughly 2 hours of lecture covering several topics including an overview of ABAP on HANA, HANA Native Development, modeling in HANA, SQLScript, oData and server-side Javascript services in HANA, and finally SAPUI5. Afterwards, we will get you right into the system and provide you with a step-by-step instruction guide taking you through several aspects of SAP HANA Native Development and ABAP.

 

Exercises include:

  • Development environment setup
  • Consuming a HANA view from ABAP via an external view
  • Creating an extended view via CDS in ABAP and consuming it via OpenSQL
  • Various SQLScript exercises leveraging database procedure proxies and ABAP Managed Database Procedures (AMDP)
  • Creating oData, server-side javascript, and gateway services
  • Creating user interfaces with SAPUI5

 

We will provide the systems, all you need to do is register and show up with your laptop, ready to get your hands dirty. The pre-conference takes place on Monday June 2nd, 2014 from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Make sure to register soon as space fills up fast and this session is limited to 60 registrants.

 

If the developer topic is not really your cup of tea, but you want to get an overview on SAP HANA, the SAP HANA Product Management group is also hosting another full-day seminar called “Comprehensive End-to-End Introduction to SAP HANA” at the same date and time. The session offers an introduction to all the capabilities of the SAP HANA platform. Each of the product managers will present on their particular focus area, so you will be getting the information straight from the topic expert themselves.


See you in Orlando!

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 results, but they wanted to identify details at a more granular level to gain deeper insight. For example, how much is growth or erosion attributed to macro-economics compared with performance?  For areas showing year over year growth, was performance in line with expected growth?  Should the company exit certain markets, or aggressively grow others? Which customers and locations are most profitable?

 

The railway has no shortage of data. From a volume perspective, there can be multiple years of structured sales and operations data, complemented by thousands of macro-economic indicators, structured and unstructured customer data, competitive information, and even social data. From a complexity point of view, there are hundreds of thousands of combinations (location "x" products "x" customer) that must be validated against thousands of distinct market indicators. Fortunately, the framework of developed by SAP's Data Science team helped the railway gain answers to the questions asked.

 

SAP’s Data Science team developed unique forecasting models that reside on the SAP HANA platform, and the results can be viewed via SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards and SAP BusinessObjects Explorer views. Crucially, the models separate company performance from market performance at all levels of the hierarchy. Instead of looking at year-to-year comparisons occasionally, growth and erosion can be quantified and ranked at any point in time at all levels. Forecasts are more accurate, and can be updated regularly with the latest data.

 

Data_Science_color_logo.pngAt the C-suite level, the company can assess future financial performance and where and how assets should be deployed. For each business area, management can assess how well they are performing; not just how much the overall market is growing. Account managers can assess where their corporate clients are growing the business, and where it is eroding. Data Science and Big Data go beyond forecasting future performance. Strategic insights are possible too. Is pricing a factor for lost business, and how does customer service impact the business? Where is business growing most, and where are the biggest challenges?

 

In summary, SAP is able to fulfill the promise of Big Data by combining a flexible platform, a range of important software applications, and data science as the secret sauce. For more information, visit www.sap.com/bigdata.

 

Follow David Ginsberg, SAP's Chief Data Scientist, on Twitter at @DavidWGinsberg

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 debt, and in 2013, the average American student graduated with about $29,000 in debt.  Add interest onto that number and incorporate the struggle to gain employment after graduation and you have a recipe for years of living paycheck to paycheck. Ask most millennials and they will tell you: it’s not fun.

 

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However the University of Kentucky, a state and federally funded public institution teaching 28,000+ students, is determined to make a difference. In an effort to use data and analytics to improve graduation rate (avoiding a hike in tuition costs) and to achieve operational efficiencies, the University of Kentucky (UK) transitioned away from its large data warehouse and went live with the in-memory data analysis capabilities of SAP HANA in March 2012.

 

According to an ROI study by IDC, by running SAP HANA, the school will achieve:

     -$6.17 million in benefits (discounted) over five years

     -509% return on investment of the SAP HANA purchase

     -Payback in 9.5 months


In addition, UK will save an average of $210,800 per year in increased tuition over five years by improving its graduation rate through the use of analytics enabled by SAP HANA.


The ROI study also projected many technological benefits due to SAP HANA.  They include:

     -Up to 420 times faster data reporting than the legacy system (large data warehouse)

     -Up to 15 times improvement in query load times

     -Average data compression improvement of 77%

     -Up to 87% reduction in extract, transform, and load (ETL) times

     -Up to 80% of data updated in real time

 

With the in-memory data analysis capabilities of SAP HANA, The University of Kentucky can view granular reporting data in minutes rather than days.  Now, UK has real-time access to information on student performance and can detect the need to provide personalized services to struggling students much earlier, significantly reducing the likelihood that the students will leave school. By reducing attrition and increasing the graduation rate, the university will bring in more tuition dollars without raising cost.

 

Although the University of Kentucky can’t completely relieve the stress of student loans, by utilizing SAP HANA for its in-memory computing, the university is making a proactive effort to save funds, avoid hikes in tuition rates, and increase the efficiency of operations and staff.  The university is now better achieving its mission of providing higher education to as many students as possible.  And for students like Sarah Williams, the effort is appreciated and makes the difference between eating instant noodles for dinner each night and affording fresh groceries.

 

Read the original blog release here.

 

Follow me on twitter: @CMDonato and on LinkedIn.

 

*Name has been changed to protect the privacy of the individual.

This blog post originally appeared on SCN on SAP Business Trends.

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 swaziland.jpgpopulation 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) plays a significant role in the development of rural Swaziland with over 6,000 people currently involved in sugar cane production. The importance of the sugar sector to Swaziland’s economy is unprecedented, accounting for 59% of agricultural output, 18% of GDP, and 35% of agricultural wage employment. Since RSSC produces two-thirds of the nations’ sugar, they’re afforded the opportunity to give back to the community by providing for the people in many ways:


  • Managed housing for ALL employees and dependents within the estates’ various towns and villages. Aside from employees, another 20,000 people live on the estates as well.
  • Two healthcare facilities focused on primary healthcare and HIV and TB prevention
  • 1st class primary education for the children at a private, English speaking school  (and much more)

 

RSSC’s vision is to be a leading producer and marketer of sugar and renewable energy, so they turned to SAP (becoming the first SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA <SoH> customer in Africa). The challenge? To revamp and simplify their IT landscape through modernization focused on eliminating disparate systems and reducing costs from lack of visibility and over expenditure.

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“SAP as a company stood out from an innovation and cost standpoint and because of its global presence. From a technology platform perspective, SAP’s SoH could deliver on RSSC’s requirements for the future,” said Rob Coombe, RSSC Group IT Manager.

 

RSSC aims to reduce the planning process from two weeks, to a few hours. And the company will also gain immediate visibility into areas where value is lost. From a leak in a pipe, to more accurate predictions on amounts of water and sugar cane required for the factory, these estimates could cost RSSC over $100,000 per day if not on target. “We can now dedicate more time and resources to innovation and less to ‘keeping the lights on’. With SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA we now have a modern, competitive analytics engine with comprehensive integration, so we can offer more benefits to the farm, the factory, and the families here at RSSC.”

 

In the future, Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation intends to integrate with myAgri® Agriculture Management Software, SAP’s Farming Solution, allowing for continued innovation with an organization that is providing a positive footprint through housing, healthcare, and education in a nation that needs it. Recent stats show that Swaziland is in the stabilization phase of its HIV epidemic with infection rates dropping slightly from 2008 to 2013 and with companies like RSSC doing their part; the Swazis can keep hope alive
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Learn More about RSSC's Journey Here

 

Connect with me on LinkedIn & Twitter

 

This blog originally appeared on SAP Business Trends

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 amazing venue in such a beautiful city. Though it was a quick, work focused trip I really enjoyed my time in Amsterdam. I just love the city. My travels back home were smooth and I hope that yours were safe and uneventful as well. I really enjoyed the event and opportunity to share what SAP is doing around Big Data, Hadoop, predictive analytics and to validate why SAP was ranked #4 for Big Data market share by Wikibon. in its “Big Data Vendor Revenue and Market Forecast” report. - read it here


The survey looked at Big Data market share based on hardware, services and software revenue. SAP was ranked 4 out of 74, a very respective showing indeed, behind IBM, HP, and Dell, all known for their hardware, and all respected SAP partners.

 

I really enjoyed being in the same space as, and being able to interact with, some remarkable companies, like Hortonworks, a respected SAP partner with whom SAP has a reseller agreement, Wandisco, Splunk, MapR, Cloudera and so many others. I also found it extremely valuable to be offered, and have the ability to be able to attend so many informative sessions. To me the video that kicked everything off at the beginning the keynote sessions on day 1 really struck a chord with me – comparing the Big Data revolution of the information age to the industrial revolution. And it rings very true and the disruptive changes just keep coming. Look at the impact of 3D printing is having on the world, from value chain to evaluating postponement - moving production closer to the end point. Big Data properly applied can have the same disruptive impact on business models and processes. I also liked the reference Mike Gualtieri of Forrester made in his keynote about companies only looking in the light – at the areas and data they see and understand - and ignoring the vast amounts dark data they have. And the need for Data Scientists to help companies shed light on the dark areas and enable Big Data projects. This is why SAP provides services so customers can engage design thinking experts to uncover critical business needs and opportunities. Services that can range from a one-time expert advice session to ongoing management and support enabling customers to quickly gain value from their Big Data – learn more about SAP Services here. SAP Data Science can help organizations define and implement a Big Data strategy, transforming volumes of data into clear business insights and to optimize execution to maximize business performance. The SAP Data Science team can help you define a specific plan for your business by offering: industry-specific business knowledge, differentiating data science along with visualization and decision support - learn more about SAP Data Science here.

 

And of course this is a Hadoop show. There were a number of session of great value and I found •Rob Bearden, CEO, Hortonworks, keynote on the first day and Shaun Connolly, VP Strategy, Hortonworks keynote on the second day very interesting. Hadoop is a part of the SAP Big Data story and a part of the SAP HANA platform for Big Data ecosystem. Ideally data is held and processes happen in the best place; one optimized for the given activity or use case. As I have noted Hortonworks is values SAP partner and SAP actually has a resell agreement with Hortonworks.

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While many of the people I spoke with understood the synergies and interactions between Hortonworks and SAP, some still came with a perceived conflict between the two. Timo Elliott,  who was at the show, did a great blog on the synergies of Hadoop and SAP and how they are complementary entitled No Hadoop Isn’t Going to Replace Your Data Warehouse. – read it here

 

Hope you got true value out of Hadoop Summit Europe 2014 and I wish you well on your Big Data journey. Hope to see you at Hadoop
Summit San Jose 2104 in June or next year in Amsterdam.

 

  • Watch the keynote David Parker, VP Big Data, SAP, gave at Hadoop Summit Europe about how to change your world with Big Data. Watch it here
  • Learn more about how the SAP HANA Platform for Big Data can help you take a simplified approach to making data work for you, along with Hadoop, to help you derive true value from Big Data for your business at: www.sap.com/bigdata.

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 application suite running on the fastest data platform on the market, they can!

 

Put simply - we are making a promise that organizations who choose SAP will get the best cloud based industry solutions at the lowest TCO which business users will absolutely love, and best of all they can buy in whatever manner they prefer! 

Our vision for SAP is to become the business cloud company powered by HANA. You can't do that unless you actually have your core software available via subscription in the cloud…hence the reason for the announcement. What this really means in the long term is that we are all in on the cloud and making it easy to do business with SAP.

 

More broadly, the announcement continues to drive our “HANA Everywhere” strategy, which simply put is to make HANA a core part of every type of business application available.

 

Since we first launched HANA in 2011, literally thousands of customers have made the decision to leverage HANA to transform their business from batch oriented to real-time. When we started that journey, we introduced a new “per gigabyte” licensing model that a company would purchase up front (which you still can and should feel free to do so!). The fundamentals of the license are still the same – i.e. per gigabyte, but as a monthly subscription option I believe that we will see an even more dramatic acceleration in the adoption of HANA.

 

Choice actually matters…

As you may know, we introduced the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) last year,  which enables companies to run their SAP software solutions on our cloud infrastructure in SAP’s datacenters.  It’s a simple model. We own and operate the infrastructure and provide managed services so our customers don’t have to deal with the expense and commitment involved in buying and installing hardware. This means software purchases remain capex investments, but deployment on SAP’s systems becomes an operating expense, reducing costs for customers dramatically.

This is a transformative move, enabling enterprises to shift their entire investment model from capex to opex, leading to huge savings. While still supporting the “classic” model of licensing software through up front purchases, leveraging our new subscription-based offering opens an incredible array of interesting choices for net-new and existing customers. Enterprises now have more choice from SAP than with any other enterprise software company on the market. SAP HANA is available on premise, in the SAP Cloud, in the Amazon Cloud, in partner clouds, and in virtual environments. In other words, HANA is Everywhere!

 

A simpler landscape

What I like the most about all this is that the end to end solution is dramatically simplified by offering everything in a neat and simple cloud package. We run SAP HEC securely from SAP’s 16 regional data centers around the world.  With more than 15,000 professionals in our service delivery centers, SAP Services will help customers migrate to SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud simply and efficiently. In fact, we are expanding our global presence even more to comply with local restrictions and regulations and make it even easier for our customers, regardless of their location. Of course, all SAP data centers are in-memory centric to dramatically simplify the IT landscape and include high-end servers optimized for enterprise mission-critical workloads.

 

Consider what really matters to you and your company

I will go back to my earlier statement: “…organizations who choose SAP will get the best cloud based industry solutions at the lowest TCO which business users will absolutely love and best of all they can buy in whatever manner they prefer!”

This is what I believe matters:

1) Will your business users love it and use it? Yes.

2) Will it dramatically simplify your landscape? Yes.

3) Will your organization be more nimble because of this? Yes.

4) Will it fit your preferred financial model? Yes. 

5) Will it save you money? Yes.

 

We’re already helping customers such as McLaren, Schaidt Innovations and Levi Strauss transition their landscapes from on premise to either hybrid or full cloud models without disruption. Many others are moving their business step by step to the cloud.  Uni-Select, a North American auto parts distributor will be using SAP HEC to deliver BI content containing specific operational KPIs for warehouse management activities and workflows such as budgeting, planning and consolidation. SAP HEC will allow Uni-Select to significantly accelerate their daily operations reporting along with budgeting, planning, and consolidation processes while reducing risk. This is a key benefit for Uni-Select as they have very limited resources. Overall, the project acceleration and unique capabilities of HANA will provide Uni-Select with a competitive advantage with significant impact to their bottom line.

 

Stories like this just fuel my passion for SAP HANA whether it’s on premise, in the cloud or both. Let’s see where we can go from here…and our competitors will have to update their powerpoint slides.

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 could exploit this vulnerability. As a possible result, the disclosed portions of memory could contain sensitive information that may include private keys and passwords.

 

SAP takes any security-related report very seriously, and has immediately started an evaluation process to determine, if, which and how SAP product lines might be affected. The evaluation process is still ongoing since a multitude of application scenarios require a proper evaluation, quality measures and execution, but at the current state of investigations SAP has no indications that SAP HANA Platform is affected by this vulnerability.

 

Background: the SSL/TLS protocol can be used to encrypt communication between client and server of SAP HANA, or between SAP HANA servers. In order to encrypt client-server connection for JDBC/ODBC access of SAP HANA Database (or communication encryption in system replication scenarios), customers can choose to use OpenSSL as an alternative to the recommended CommonCryptoLib by SAP.

 

In case OpenSSL is selected and used, SAP HANA Platform uses the OpenSSL library, included and supported in the SUSE LINUX ENTERPRISE (SLES) 11distribution. SLES 11 distribution contains a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed vulnerability (see http://support.novell.com/security/cve/CVE-2014-0160.html).
Access via http (extended application services of SAP HANA) uses CommonCryptoLib from SAP and is therefore not affected by this vulnerability.

 

SAP will notify customers as new information on this topic becomes available.

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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 fighter jets it helps equip. Having data is only half the battle; to be of value, Sagem needs to be able to quickly access and analyze mission critical information.

As any fighter pilot will tell you, speed and agility are always relative. In a competitive contest, its not just how good you are, but how good you are relative to your competitor.

For Sagem’s IT team, the challenge was improving reporting and analytics performance on the margin.


Solution:


Sagem already relied on SAP’s industry-leading NetWeaver Business Warehouse application for reporting and analytics. Migrating its SAP Netweaver Business Warehouse to the SAP HANA platform, though, opened up the possibility of dramatically improving performance.

This was exactly what Sagem’s IT team was looking for.

SAP Active Global Support delivered SAP MaxAttention helped Sagem migrate its existing NetWeaver Business Warehouse to the SAP HANA platform without disruption, enabling Sagem to dramatically improve reporting speed and analytical agility.


Benefits:


The results were dramatic.

From a technical perspective, with its SAP Netweaver Business Warehouse running on SAP HANA, Sagem saw blazingly fast query execution, data activation and cache execution paired with significant database compression.

Translated into business speak, the company was able to significantly improve the speed with which its analysts could access and analyze mission critical data—transforming information into insight much more quickly and agilely than they were able to previously.

And they were able to do this while avoiding disruptions.


“I have never seen such a successful project in terms of planning. It was delivered on time, notably thanks to SAP MaxAttention services.”

- Thierry Milhe, CIO, Sagem, a SAFRAN Company


That’s the kind of advantage a Top Gun pilot would definitely appreciate.


See Sagem's full success story [link]

Find out how more customers used support to lower costs and help them run better [link]

Learn more about SAP MaxAttention [link]

Well, the University of Kentucky just did. Or, I should say that IDC (in an SAP-sponsored study) just did for the University of Kentucky.

 

The university was looking at how it could better use data about its student body,staff, and facilities. At about the same time, it also sought to increase its graduation rate from 60% to 70% over a 10-year window. To accomplish these goals, the university needed to develop "better and approachable insight" into its operations and the behavior of its students. SAP HANA became the force of choice.

 

IDC conducted the study using its standard methodology and crunched the numbers with input and validation from the University of Kentucky. The study reports that SAP HANA has 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, an ROI of 509% might seem unreal to some, but that’s what the numbers add up to! Check out the attached PDF for the full story.

 

So, if you are a user of SAP HANA, ask yourself what your ROI is and how soon you might expect to recover your investment. If you need assistance with that, reach out to your SAP account executive or SAP HANA expert and let’s get this conversation started.

The SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA was launched in January 2013 to help drive an entire business in real-time for higher business value and dramatically simplify IT for a lower cost. More than 800 companies already acquired the Suite on HANA just one year after its launch. In this series of blog posts, I will continue to share some of those real-time business experiences and value.

 

 

Fire and Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW) is Australia’s largest urban fire and rescue service. Last year, the agency responded to more than 130,000 emergency incidents, from fires and natural disasters to counterterrorism and industrial accidents. To save lives, and keep its thousands of employees and volunteers safe in the process, requires tremendous coordination of data and assets.

 

In 2013, FRNSW along with its sister agencies New South Wales State Emergency Service and New South Wales Rural Fire Service deployed SAP Business Suite on the SAP HANA platform for all operational functions, including finance, HR, maintenance and logistics. They’re already seeing vast improvements, like reports that used to take a day running in seconds. But it’s the predictive possibilities that will be truly transformational for the communities the fire and rescue agencies serve.

 

FRNSW CIO Richard Host told The Australian newspaper that he wanted to use SAP HANA’s real-time capabilities to “fight the tyranny of death and destruction out there.” FRNSW manages a vast network of resources, including 337 fire stations, a central office, a logistics support center, four operational communication centers, a fleet of 645 firefighting vehicles, 14,000 firefighters and volunteers, and a BK117 helicopter. The agency could analyze real-time information to predict what’s likely to happen in the future and make resource deployment recommendations based on that intelligence. “We’ll be able to dispatch crews to areas where they are most likely to be needed,” says Host, “either to put a quick end to incidents or keep them from happening in the first place.” Arson, for example, tends to occur given certain combinations of locality, weather, and time of year, according to Host. And the presence of a fire crew can prevent it from happening. FRNSW will be able to predict the likelihood of fires and other natural disasters in certain areas, offering citizens protective measures to take to keep themselves and their property safe.

 

The ultimate goal is to create a comprehensive view of fire and disaster risk throughout the region with the ability to make predictions up to a week in advance of potential problems. And by marrying their real-time and predictive insight with a mobile application, FRNSW will enable residents to access those predictions and recommendations from anywhere in the state.

 

As population growth and increases in the number and severity of natural disasters raise the demand for emergency services, this real-time transformation will enable FRNSW to respond to the needs of its communities.

 

To hear from FRNSW’s leaders about their experience with SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, check out this video.

 

This post originally published on SCN and has been republished with permission.

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