SAP demos Business Suite in HANA

ERP specialist draws attention to real-time agility of in-memory DB platform

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SAP demos Business Suite in HANA Gharaibeh: Business Suite on HANA is a massive calling card for SAP in the UAE.
By  Stephen McBride Published  March 27, 2013

SAP demonstrated its Business Suite on HANA to assembled industry experts and media at Dubai Autodrome today, in an attempt to highlight the real-time advantages of the platform.

HANA uses in-memory architecture to amalgamate transaction and analytics operations by performing both on a single, centralised store.

An elongated process of drilling down through global cash flow aggregates to identify a group of bad creditors in a single geographical region was performed in a short series of clicks. SAP demonstrators highlighted the steps in the process as a means to highlight an operation that they claimed would take days in the most agile of ERP infrastructures, while their demo took a handful of minutes.

Business Suite on HANA is the latest manifestation of HANA, an in-memory technology accelerant launched in 2010. SAP claimed the technology was gaining traction across MENA and had "enabled many customers worldwide to speed up business processes by over 100,000 times".

 "The unabated growth in enterprise data - both structured and unstructured - is increasingly driving discussions around the value that can be extracted from that data in order to drive competitive advantage. Big data technologies such as in-memory databases make rapid transactional and analytical processing of that data possible, thus accelerating business processes," said Ranjit Rajan, research director, Software and Services, IDC MEA, who was present at the demonstration.

SAP describes Business Suite on HANA as an accelerant of core processes - such as HR, finance, marketing, sales, maintenance, services, manufacturing, procurement and supply chain - while also offering a unified view of real-time information at any level of granularity and acting as a platform for "real-time interaction and data access of every type, on any device".

SAP also pointed out that platform is configured for continuous incremental change, and operates on a flexible, open architecture that gives customers choice of hardware, database, implementation partners, and solution providers.

"Business Suite on HANA is a massive calling card for SAP in the UAE," said Qais Gharaibeh, UAE managing director, SAP MENA.

"This is a country where business is starting to move at incredible speed and data is growing at a relentless rate. To do nothing is to lose out. SAP is committed to partner with UAE businesses to enhance their ability to react in real time, to dive into oceans of big data and emerge with true insight, and to benefit from new technologies like cloud, mobility, and in-memory computing."

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