Visitors to Hall 4 can’t fail to notice SAP HANA. But how does SAP use its own revolutionary technology? In his presentation, SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann revealed everything from how SAP went about planning its SAP HANA implementation to how it uses the technology today. Here are the key points.
Reports take seconds, not hours. Profitability analyses run seven times faster, and less energy is required. These are just a few of the most significant changes the new technology has brought. SAP began its implementation three years ago, and ran SAP HANA alongside its transaction systems. “We then started using SAP HANA as our primary database for our data warehouse, meaning our analyses, simulations, and forecasts showed real-time data,” said Oliver Bussmann. For instance, SAP can monitor energy consumption at its facilities every hour of the day, identify the largest consumers, and detect excessive energy usage, helping it achieve its sustainability goals.
Now SAP is moving to the next level: “We are now using our in-memory technology for our SAP CRM system. Our salesforce now has real-time data that it can analyze in the same application,” said Bussmann.
What experience can SAP pass on? “We advise all our customers before they do anything else to think about the scenarios in which they need high-availability for big data.” said Bussmann. “Their IT has to work closely with the business – SAP HANA is not just a faster database; it enables us to have processes that simply weren’t possible before.