Good Things, Small Packages

There’s no use denying it: big data has taken over the business world. Whether in the finance industry or utilities, companies today are dealing with massive amounts of transactional and unstructured data. Even small businesses aren’t exempt. In fact, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are often the ones with extremely large amounts of unstructured, social media data.

SAP Business One customers, at least, can breathe a sigh of relief. Back in March, the software company announced a new offering that would deliver in-memory analytics to its SME customers: Analytics powered by SAP HANA for SAP Business One. It’s a mouthful, yes, but this integration is also quite comprehensive and powerful. It works with all types of data sources (read, big data), enables enterprise-wide search, delivers new dashboards, and creates reports up to 25 times faster than was possible before.

But the software – no matter how impressive – is only half the package. Customers also need specially configured and SAP-certified hardware that will support in-memory computing. And right now, the only SAP partner to offer a certified HANA server for analytics for SAP Business One is Fujitsu.

What’s under the hood?

Fujitsu’s new appliance for SAP HANA for Business One is based on cost-efficient industry standard architecture and it’s ready-to-run out of the box. It includes the pre-installed SAP software, SUSE Linux, and the certified hardware. The hardware is based on Fujitsu’s robust PRIMERGY TX300 S6 tower server technology. This is ideal for business critical use in smaller and medium enterprises or at remote sites of large organizations. It’s small enough to fit into a server room or slide easily into a data center rack.

Since Analytics powered by SAP HANA for SAP Business One is pre-installed, it ensures a fast, non-disruptive implementation. Customer experience shows a typical customer installation time of less than 6 hours.  Fujitsu also optimizes internal processes, like system set-up, ahead of time, so customers of different sizes and technical requirements can start using HANA quickly and without needing to call in external IT.

This appliance is just the latest development in Fujitsu’s strategic effort to support SAP HANA technology. In June 2011, for example, the company introduced an SAP-certified platform to run SAP HANA, and in November of last year, they became certified for multi-node environments to run SAP HANA. It’s no wonder, therefore, that SAP gave the 2012 SAP Pinnacle Award for “Technology Innovator of the Year” to Fujitsu. This category honors a partner that has excelled in developing and growing their partnership with SAP and driving customer success. Fujitsu certainly fits the description, as is evident by its intense commitment to HANA right from the start and the fact that it is the only hardware provider of the SAP HANA offering for SAP Business One at this point of time.