If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you have heard of SAP HANA already. BW on HANA is one of the most popular use cases of HANA amongst SAP customers .
As part of the customer engagement team, we have been getting a lot of people in the ecosystem on what are the obstacles standing in the way of BW adoptions. The most common ones include
- Hardware procurment takes a lot of time in some cases
- When we have hardware, it takes a lot of time to install BW on HANA, and connect it to BI 4
- There is not enough information on what is different in BW on HANA
- Can you tell us more about benefits of BI 4.x working on BW on HANA ?
- We spend more time in the mechanics of installation than in actual data modelling and reporting
and so on.
So we wanted to fix it, and started exploring various solutions. The result is today's announcement of BW on HANA Trial Offering on the SAP HANA Marketplace.
How do you access it ?
From the SAP HANA Marketplace, choose the trial. After you provide some information - the system will create an AWS image that has a 128 GB BW on HANA system, with a BI 4 system connected to it. This takes less than 30 minutes - which is a lot less than getting hardware, doing installations and so on.
Here is more information on how to get started
What is in it ?
A fully configured BW on HANA system, connected to a fully configured BI 4.0 system. These systems have a lot of pre built content, and sample data for BW, HANA and BI. There is also a 300+ page tutorial on everything you need to know on how to work on BW on HANA . Everything works out of the box.
This system cannot be used for production purposes - it is strictly for trial purposes.
What do you have to pay?
SAP does not charge you anything at all. You pay to Amazon directly for the time you use the system. The trial is valid for 30 days.
What can you do with it?
You can use the system as-is. You can also use it to load your own data, model your own objects in BW, HANA and BI. You can do the exercises in the tutorial. You can spend all your time prototyping solutions to your problems without worrying about infrastructure, basis etc.
How do you get help?
Is AWS the only option?
Depending on the success of this trial, we may offer it in additional clouds including HANA Enterprise Cloud.
How to buy BW on HANA ?
If you are happy with the trial, and want to buy BW on HANA licenses, please use the "contact us" button on marketplace. As always, existing customers should talk to their Account Executives from SAP to find out the best way to purchase.
For more sophisticated POCs and for production deployment in cloud, the recommended option is HANA Enterprise Cloud.
I hope this offer is of value to you - please check it out, and let us know your feedback . We are always listening !
PS : last but not least, here is a huge shout out to Ingo Hilgefort , Rohit Kamath and all my colleagues at SAP for making this happen. Thanks team.