Today at 6 p.m. central European time, SAP co-founder and chairman, Hasso Plattner, and member of the executive board, Vishal Sikka announced the availability of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. This new offering, two years in the making, allows companies to run core business applications completely on SAP HANA, the company’s in-memory platform. For the first time, it is possible to both create operational data and analyze it in real time.
SAP’s new technology allows businesses to tap into opportunities that weren’t possible before. The agricultural machinery manufacturer, John Deere, for example, is now able to carry out materials planning in real time. With SAP ERP powered by SAP HANA, the company can also conduct maintenance forecasts, so it knows ahead of time when repairs might be necessary. Financial reporting, claims management, online sentiment analysis, and marketing analysis are other business scenarios that could benefit from an integrated platform for transactions and analytics.
The end of parallel, redundant systems
For the Walldorf-based software company, SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA is about more than just making everyday business processes faster. SAP sees the simplification of companies’ IT landscape as one of the main benefits. Currently, most companies run parallel systems: one to record their transactional data and one to do analyses on that data. With a single, integrated platform for both processes, companies have an opportunity to reduce their IT costs.
SAP plans to release a new Rapid Deployment solution before the end of Q1 2013 that will help existing customers migrate to the SAP HANA platform and go live in less than six months. It has also made a service pack available for existing customers that want to profit from the new SAP Business Suite. The price model is competitive with other offerings on the database market and was developed with input from the SAP user groups and customers, says SAP.