SAP HANA Revs Up Reporting

Feature Article | March 1, 2012 by Debra Sieloff

World land speed records for an unmanned vehicle are already an impressive Mach 8.5. But that accomplishment is little match for the data processing speed of SAP HANA, SAP’s in-memory software. At processing speeds of close to 100GB per second, SAP’s latest in-memory innovations accelerate operational updates for enhanced decision making, giving companies a real competitive edge.

You may wonder just how fast that is in terms of accelerating the speed of reporting in business operations. Ian Kimbell, SAP solution evangelist, puts the power of SAP HANA into perspective by way of practical illustration: “It used to be impractical for a retail company to get real-time information on how a particular promotion was working, as the time taken to analyze millions of point of sale records took hours. With SAP HANA, information is available in seconds, allowing for optimum stock allocation and therefore higher profit.”

That’s impressive (visit Experience SAP HANA to learn more). However, the performance of the new SAP HANA technology is almost overshadowed by the ease of deploying it – especially now that SAP has introduced SAP ERP for operational reporting with SAP HANA as an SAP rapid-deployment solution. This new offering hands the keys of that Mach 1 racing machine to CIOs ready to take their businesses to a new supersonic level.  It’s simple, practical, and fast.

It’s easier than you think

Just as the average driver wouldn’t think of riding a land speed-racing machine for fear of it running out of control, many traditional organizations balk at adopting something new like in-memory technology for fear of a never-ending project with no goal in sight.  “With any new technologies, obviously some people are hesitant about adopting that technology,” says Kimbell. “So, what we’re doing now is making it very easy for customers to experience the benefits of HANA in-memory technology.”

SAP has taken the most commonly-used reports in the areas of procurement, financials, sales, and marketing and packaged them into a rapid-deployment solution. What does this mean for customers? “With SAP HANA, SAP supplies the hardware, the services, and the user licenses that customers need to be up and running—in literally a matter of hours,” says Kimbell. To learn more, watch Kimbell’s video presentation on SAP ERP rapid-deployment solution for operational reporting with SAP HANA.

With SAP’s Rapid Deployment solutions for SAP HANA, customers are able to deploy the latest in-memory technology with real business value based in a matter of weeks. Susanne Knopp, SAP Rapid Deployment solutions rollout lead for SAP HANA, remarked, “SAP ERP rapid-deployment solution for operational reporting with SAP HANA allows the tech expert to get up to speed and experience the innovations of HANA in a limited scope project that provides immediate value to the organization. It’s a win-win situation for the technology and the business managers.”

Take the wheel of something new

The new SAP ERP rapid-deployment solution for operational reporting with SAP HANA allows customers to take the wheel of in-memory technology. They can experience the new power, speed, and efficiency when reporting on millions of ERP records processed by their organization. It offers not only a compelling solution quickly, the package also comes with a fixed price and schedule. Under the hood, this SAP solution has prepackaged content that contains ready-made SAP HANA models and SAP BusinessObjects reports for ERP designed around sales reporting, purchasing reporting, financial reporting, shipping reporting, and master data reporting.

Customers can choose the reports they want and run them “as is” or customize them with additional content to meet their requirements. Once the report has been modeled, it can be displayed in a variety of tools, such as SAP Crystal Reports, SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, or even in Microsoft Excel with the appropriate connectors.

SAP customers are elated because they’re able to process millions of lines of ERP data and view it in real time. The blazing speed that they achieve is unheralded. In the past, processing this much data took hours or days. Now, updates seem instant.

Jump start the race to in-memory adoption

Mathias Poehling, Director in the Global Center of Excellence for SAP HANA and Data Warehousing, says, “Customers like the operational reporting idea we have combined with SAP HANA. They love that they can jump-start an SAP HANA project by using one of the twenty-one reporting models.”

The SAP Rapid Deployment solutions approach provides some of the fastest enablement on the market. “It is one thing to get trained in the hippest tools, like you would in a class,” says Poehling. “But the transfer of learning to the project can be difficult with new technology if the training is too obscure — even if you’re an expert.”

SAP Rapid Deployment solution training is different, explains Poehling, “You don’t have to hire experts to come in and train users after an implementation. SAP enablement that ships with an SAP Rapid Deployment solution is specific to the solution deployment with practical work-related instruction—so people don’t need to stretch a concept they learned in a class to the actual system they’re working in and guess about what they’re doing.”

There are many places to launch an SAP ERP rapid-deployment solution for operational reporting with SAP HANA. It´s possible to jump start a deployment by selecting a fixed-price service offering and implementing as many as five options from the existing dashboards and reports. Customers choose this rapid-deployment option when they want to experience the benefits of their SAP HANA in 6 to 8 weeks. They can start building new HANA models and SAP BusinessObjects reports in a matter of weeks.

One SAP customer recently deployed SAP HANA in just 16 days using SAP ERP rapid-deployment solution for operational reporting with SAP HANA. The implementation team used the SAP Rapid Deployment solution content, step-by-step guides, and enablement programs to support the fixed-price, fixed-schedule, fixed-scope approach that is characteristic of rapid-deployment solutions. The organization achieved the competitive business advantage of deploying in-memory technology with its real-time reporting efforts, as well as implementing SAP HANA quickly to gain an advantage over its market competitors.

Drafting for competitive advantage

SAP rapid-deployment solutions for SAP HANA provide a business advantage that is much like the one racers gain through drafting behind the race leader. This well-known race technique lets drafters conserve energy during the race and make a final big push for the finish line — and victory. The same can happen in business. There are three main reasons.

First, the project scope is researched and content established by experts at SAP. Second, the schedule is calculated by the SAP experts and is both specific and reliable. Third, the implementation price is pre-defined. (Watch a video about SAP Rapid Deployment solutions to learn more, or read more at SAP.com.)

Unlike a new IT initiative that embraces innovation regardless of the unknown, the SAP ERP rapid-deployment solution for operational reporting with SAP HANA is different. The main project parameters are firm, dependable, and backed by SAP. Much in the way drafting allows the racer to conserve energy, a rapid-deployment solution allows the organization’s IT department to conserve resources by using SAP’s work on the front end.

The value proposition of the combined fixed-price, fixed-schedule, and fixed-scope approach also incorporates SAP best practices. SAP has done the benchmarking so the CIO’s team can save energy doing research and specifying configuration details.  The organization can take advantage of SAP’s leadership position in the in-memory technology race and gain an advantage over the rest of the competition. With SAP ERP rapid-deployment solution for operational reporting with SAP HANA, the approach allows the organization to boost their speed and pass the competition – much like completing a four-hour-long race in one second.

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