We spoke with the CTO of a local multinational organisation who shared his insights into the way SAP HANA is revolutionising business technology across the board.
Big Data is a common buzzword at the moment – how does HANA help the Big Data stress felt by many companies?
“HANA can help in several ways. The demands from key business users for insight and analytics are increasing in their volume and complexity. The data they require for the best insights does not only include high volume operational data, but also data accumulating from their social media channels, sentiment data and other forms of unstructured data such as mobile, text, documents and web.
On top this, you have aging IT infrastructure that struggles in many organisations to generate reports based on the build-up of ERP data from several decades of operations. This can lead to a lot of headaches and stress for the CTO as well as the key decision makers.
Managers and leaders need to make sense of their data building up over multiple channels, regions and product groups in order to stay ahead of their competition and predict consumer trends and behaviours. Now that they know there are solutions out there, such as SAP HANA, that offer better visualisation of this Big Data, they are keen to adopt it as soon as possible.”
What are the top 5 benefits SAP HANA brings to a business?
“Information is a vital asset companies use to make better decisions. The ability to capitalise on this asset remains one of the highest priorities for organisations around the world. However, delivering on that need – for everyone in the organisation – remains elusive. In-memory computing is a disruptive force that provides the speed and agility to power analytics at unprecedented performance levels, while remaining cost-effective. In summary, SAP HANA delivers:
The business imperative for rapid change is driving new demands for business and technology. The need to get all the right information to business users without the delay of typical enterprise data warehouses is critical to using data as a competitive differentiator. Traditional disk-based data warehouses have limits in terms of their ability to benefit from major technology trends such as multi-core CPUs, in-memory processing, and columnar storage. The move to SAP in-memory computing technology is a move to a future-proof foundation that can truly fulfill the promise of real-time business by delivering predictive insights with in-database data mining.
Amazing new applications
Drive rapid innovation and meet strategic challenges with a new wave of real-time applications. In every vertical solution and functional area of business there are common themes of information needs. At the same time, every organisation is unique in the way it can use data to drive their business in new ways. Customers need the ability to use powerful technology to easily leverage all their data, so they can flexibly model their business in a rapidly changing, competitive environment.
Reduce complexity to lower cost and accelerate value delivery from IT. New hardware technologies and advances in software have dramatically improved performance, with similar reduction in costs, making new computing paradigms possible. Business requirements demand that business analysts have the flexibility to define their view of the information and the application. Efficient IT organisations strive for low redundancy and high re-use of system, information, and human resources.
Beyond the basics
SAP HANA integrates predictive analytics, text and big data in a single package and goes beyond OLAP analysis. With the in-memory computing platform from SAP HANA organisations can run Big Data analytics on 80 terabytes of data, integrate with Hadoop, search text content, harness the power of real-time predictive analytics, and more. Where previously we would analyse hundreds of billions of data rows in days, it now takes just seconds.”
As a CTO, how does HANA support your activities?
“It simplifies our IT infrastructure by enabling us to address key user reporting and analytics requirements in much quicker ways. By combining speed and simplicity, HANA has fewer moving parts, and dissolves layers between where the data lives and where it is consumed – this provides benefit across the board, especially to end users and customers.”
When organisations want to access analytics, how does HANA help them?
“HANA eliminates barriers to fast, informed decision processing by leveraging in-memory analytics. This powerful in-memory database is the only solution that delivers across the five dimensions of decision processing:
Analyse Big Data from multiple sources and answer complex and interactive questions by drilling down to granular data
Ask complex questions on granular data
Receive fast, interactive responses, providing immediate answers to any kind of business question – even on Big Data
Eliminate the need for data preparation and leverages open source R analytic processing
Run real-time queries on real-time data, removing data latency caused by ETL through real-time replication. HANA also removes data latency caused by ETL through real-time replication.”
What’s your favourite HANA feature?
“Other database management systems on the market are typically either good at transactional workloads, or analytical workloads, but not both. When transactional DBMS products are used for analytical workloads, they require you to separate your workloads into different databases (OLAP and OLTP). You have to extract data from your transactional system (ERP), transform that data for reporting, and load it into a reporting database (BW). The reporting database still requires significant effort in creating and maintaining tuning structures such as aggregates and indexes to provide even moderate performance.
Due to its hybrid structure for processing transactional workloads and analytical workloads fully in-memory, SAP HANA combines the best of both worlds. You don’t need to take the time to load data from your transactional database into your reporting database, or even build traditional tuning structures to enable that reporting. As transactions are happening, you can report against them live. By consolidating two landscapes (OLAP and OLTP) into a single database, SAP HANA provides companies with massively lower TCO in addition to mind-blowing speed.”
Thanks to Bobby Jimenez for speaking so passionately about SAP HANA!
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