SAP Positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems for Sixth Consecutive Year


For the sixth consecutive year, Gartner has positioned database solutions from SAP in the Leaders quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems (DBMS) report. The recognition amplifies what we already know: that our vision of the Intelligent Enterprise is strong and it’s growing in momentum.

The Gartner report evaluates completeness of vision and ability to execute, where the operational DBMS market is defined by relational and non-relational database management products that are suitable for traditional transactions used to support business processes and event data in Internet of Things (IoT) use cases.

We believe that the measurable increase of our “ability to execute” in the leaders’ quadrant reflects customer satisfaction regarding SAP HANA product capability expansion and innovation, and the growth of our partner ecosystem. We are dedicated to bringing the Intelligent Enterprise to life via our digital platform, intelligent technologies, and intelligent suite of applications for our ever-growing customer base, which is currently comprised of more than 27,000 SAP HANA customers.

We believe this is an impressive achievement for the entire team at SAP and an illustration of the work we do every day, year after year. At this pivotal moment for our business, we have shown once again how we work tirelessly to help businesses thrive, all thanks to the power of SAP HANA.

SAP HANA in Focus

SAP HANA is without doubt a key highlight. Having evolved from an in-memory DBMS into a robust business data platform, combining multimodel capabilities for graph, spatial, streaming, and a native document store with advanced analytical processing, SAP HANA enables customers to process large and diverse data sets quickly to discover new insights.

With the ability to combine transactions and analytics in the same database (hybrid transaction/analytical processing [HTAP]), SAP HANA can support various workloads and use cases and deliver significant performance improvements and cost savings.

The recently introduced SAP HANA Data Management Suite enables secure, governed enterprise-class applications and analytics by providing an open, hybrid, and multi-cloud enabled-solution suite that orchestrates all of your data, providing a trusted, unified data foundation for the Intelligent Enterprise.

Although it is very much at the heart of SAP’s strategy, SAP HANA is not just for SAP applications. The ability to support our customers in the development of custom applications is also very much a priority for SAP and we are seeing great momentum in this space.

Our Customers Are the Best Storytellers

There is no better testament to the power of the work we do than the voices of our customers. We believe that customer testimonials, in addition to the recognition we’ve received from analysts, are a tribute to the level of innovation we are bringing to SAP.

Ballance Agri-Nutrients, a company that helps farmers create sustainable, viable businesses, turned to SAP to build the right foundation for establishing its digital future. Ballance is executing operations on a technology road map based on simplification and real-time transactions. The company is now helping its customers conduct business and increase productivity. It’s also enabling knowledge growth and decision making for optimal business and customer outcomes.

“In order for us to fulfill our promise to help farmers create sustainable, viable businesses and drive better productivity and profitability, we needed the right data foundation for establishing our digital future,” said Dave Scullin, chief digital officer, Ballance Agri-Nutrients. “By implementing SAP at our digital core, we significantly improved sales productivity and reporting by speeding up key business processes by 75 percent and providing subsecond insight into years’ worth of data. We now operate like an intelligent enterprise that can explore newer technologies surrounding IoT and CRM to create a great customer digital experience across every company touch point.”

For more information, see Ballance Agri-Nutrients: Helping Farmers Prosper with SAP S/4HANA​. Read the announcement: SAP Positioned as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems for Sixth Consecutive Year. And read the full report here.

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