SAP has invested a lot of its energies into a database called Hana. A major chunk of the SAP workforce is said to be working on Hana related projects. After having interacted with the SAP Hana team in a facilitated workshop, I was able to appreciate what SAP Hana got to the table. Some important points to consider …
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- Hana is all about in memory computing which means that you get immediate real time results. This is because the data resides in the RAM. This feature is a great benefit for those who want super-fast results.
- Hana has many advantages such as mass data, agility, total cost of ownership, any data type processing etc.
- Hana empowers the business user as opposed to the developer. Now the CEO will be seeing more value and won’t need the CTO to convince him about the technology decisions.
- Apparently the Hana database speed is approx. 3600 times faster compared to traditional databases. In other words, it can compute 50 terabytes of data in 0.04 seconds!!!
- What SAP has essentially done is put the entire ERP into Hana. This is revolutionary to say the least.
- Hana has a multi core massively parallel platform and also integrates with databases like Hadoop.
- Hana is available on the cloud and also has a mobility platform. So SAP retains the advantage of working on bleeding edge technology!
- Hana helps a lot in predictive analysis and also has an analytical library which has more than 4,000 native algorithms. Surely sounds like fun for those with the scientific bent of mind.
- iPad apps that are built on the HTML5 platform can connect directly to Hana. This is an example of how Hana encourages talking with different technologies.
- Hana is available as a physical box. Hence this makes you feel secure that you have all your data under your control.
Rajiv Mathew is the Head of Marketing at Compassites. He is a hands-on technology marketing & communications professional with proven expertise in multiple facets of the marketing spectrum. He is specialized in creating brand value by being a business driver, digital catalyst & legacy builder. Prior to joining Compassites he worked at ThoughtWorks Inc and Oracle. His passions include public speaking, writing and filmmaking. He holds an MBA degree from Christ College Institute of Management, Bangalore.