November 10, 2011 // By: Heather McIlvaine // HANA: The Bigger Picture
A recurring theme, not only in Sikka’s keynote but also in several other sessions, is the roadmap to bring SAP HANA to all SAP products and platforms. The entire SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 BI suite uses SAP HANA analytics, and in the future, the entire SAP Business Suite will ultimately run on SAP HANA. No conclusive date has been given for when that will occur. It is planned, however, for SAP Business One to run completely on SAP HANA in 2012.
As we mentioned on the previous page, SAP HANA will eventually replace the traditional database in every installation of SAP Business Warehouse. SAP has already taken the first step towards achieving that goal: version 7.3 of SAP Business Warehouse is already running on SAP HANA. Red Bull, the energy drink company, deployed Business Warehouse on HANA less than 48 hours ago. As a result, they managed to compress their database by 80%.
In addition, the SAP NetWeaver 7.3 technology platform is already running both the ABAP and Java-based application server on HANA. The first enhancement package (EHP) for NetWeaver 7.3 is planned for release by the end of 2011. EHP 1 for NetWeaver 7.3 will include improved process orchestration, integration of Solution Manager with Business Process Management (BPM), and connection between SAP StreamWork and BPM.
Further projects to bring SAP HANA to more products and platforms are currently underway. One of them will integrate SAP HANA with Process Integration and BPM. There are also plans for SAP NetWeaver Gateway to allow companies to consume HANA data on any device, be it desktop, browser, smartphone, or tablet.