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 help organizations cut both their IT expenditure and their business overheads. The study provides examples of how much it would cost to implement SAP HANA and how much an organization could save by doing so. Forrester Consulting found that organizations opting to implement SAP HANA could expect to see their software costs fall by more than 70 percent, their hardware costs by 15 percent, and their administration and development costs by 20 percent. Forrester interviewed several customers with multiple years of experience using the SAP HANA platform and conducted a survey of 25 additional SAP HANA platform users. Drawing on the experiences of these customers, as well as own expertise in this area, Forrester constructed a financial model to represent the potential savings associated with using SAP HANA as a replacement for a traditional database platform in several different ways. In this financial analysis, Forrester looked into the impact of using SAP HANA in conjunction with the SAP Business Warehouse (BW), SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and a custom-developed application.
The cost savings were realized by reduced hardware and lower software costs, resulting six areas of simplification we have seen as being impacted from how SAP brings in-memory technology into business software: from a simpler data footprint, a simpler system landscape and simpler setup procedures for SAP HANA, as well as from more efficient application development processes and an increased productivity for administrators caused by simpler data processing and operations and a simpler user experience.
To learn more about how to unlock business value and deliver breakthrough Innovation while simplifying your IT and to download the Forrester study and ist executive summary, visit www.sap.com/innovation-and-me.