November 10, 2011 // By: Heather McIlvaine // HANA: The Bigger Picture
By now, most people already know about the impressive speed with which SAP HANA can analyze and process massive amounts of data, to the point where business insights are basically delivered in real time. The fact that it can do this for many different kinds of data – structured data, graphs, pictures, unstructured text – is equally impressive. But these are are not the only reasons why SAP HANA is a breakthrough technology.
At a fundamental level, SAP HANA achieves a massive simplification of IT landscapes, and this will transform the enterprise software industry – from the way applications are developed and designed, to how applications and platforms interact.
As SAP HANA replaces the traditional database in over 14,000 SAP Business Warehouse installations, the data will be preserved, but the unnecessary layers and replications will be removed. Further consolidation will occur when calculations are conducted directly in SAP HANA rather than in the application layer on top.
For companies, the benefits of a simplified IT landscape are obvious: lower TCO and better integration between systems.