September 19, 2012 // By: Holger Eriksdotter
SAP introduced its SAP HANA platform in the spring of 2010. Just about two years later, the company reported a turnover of €200 million, more than 400 customers adopting the new technology, 160+ live installations, and more than 65,000 end-users.
Customers replacing a conventional database with SAP HANA in-memory technology typically enjoy process response-times improved 100-fold to 1000-fold. With SAP HANA, a query that once took many hours (or even overnight) can be completed in less than two seconds. SAP Executive Board member Dr. Vishal Sikka recently announced what he calls ‘The 10,000 plus Club” – SAP HANA customers who have increased the speed of their queries more than 10,000 times, as compared to hard-disk-based databases.
Originally conceived as an add-on technology for speeding up BI and data warehouse queries, SAP HANA is increasingly taking center stage in the world of enterprise IT. “We are in the process of expanding SAP HANA into a full-fledged database and comprehensive platform that supports SAP applications as well as third-party applications,” says Ingo Brenckmann, a senior developer and SAP HANA program director.
SAP is promoting SAP HANA know-how and innovation with the SAP HANA Distinguished Engineer Program. Established in collaboration with experts from Bluefin Solutions, Deloitte Consulting, and IBM Global Business Solutions, the program is available to all developers, database administrators, and technologists who wish to develop and expand their expertise in supporting SAP HANA-based customer solutions.
Meanwhile, SAP HANA development instances have been available free of charge via Amazon Web Services since mid-May. Developers can use the online platform to design SAP HANA business applications and access the SAP HANA Studio modeling environment, which helps developers create visual data models; more complex logic can be implemented directly as SQL script code and linked with models.
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