SAP TechEd Barcelona 2016

ACN takes a trip to Barcelona to attend the annual SAP TechEd conference and discover the latest announcements from the enterprise technology company

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SAP TechEd Barcelona 2016 The Fira de Barcelona in Spain.
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  December 12, 2016

Celebrating over 20 years of delivering enterprise technologies, SAP SE decided to go all out at the annual SAP TechEd conference in Barcelona. Numerous announcements were made at the global technology event that caters to the world’s technologists, IT engineers, and developers.

These included the launch of SAP Hana 2 and the Earth Observation Analysis service, the latter a result of SAP’s collaboration with the European Space Agency. Here are some of the top stories from SAP TechEd Barcelona 2016.

SAP Hana 2

Easily the biggest announcement at the event, SAP Hana 2 is the next-generation iteration of the in-memory computing platform. Building on from SAP Hana SPS 12, the latest release is designed to support organisations pushing for digital transformation.

“SAP Hana 2 is the next generation of our data management platform. Partly it came about to be that way because, we hit a level of maturity both with the product and also amongst our customer usage,” comments Marie H Goodell, vice president, SAP Hana Platform.

While SAP SPS 12 will become a stable platform for the next three years, SAP Hana 2 will continue to evolve adding new technological enhancements sought out enterprises striving to remain at the forefront of IT.

New improvements include algorithms that have been added to the predictive analytics library, improving the platform’s overall analytical intelligence capabilities, as well as expanded support for application development.

“The application development piece has always been in SAP Hana, but we did make some enhancements to it. There was a common set of languages for developers — java, java script, C++ — these were very common languages that developers would use” explains Goodell.

“But in this age of new digital data, there is Python and Scala. Some of these languages have evolved because they are great for doing predictive analysis … in the new release we have an app development framework that allows you to bring your own environment in.”

Other enhancements for SAP Hana 2 include tools for improved data management, such as the active/active read-enabled option that allows IT organisations to leverage
secondary systems.

The addition of data management tools, such as the latest edition of SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer Web application allows IT departments to manage intricate information architectures.

Also coupled alongside the unveiling of SAP Hana 2 was the launch of Hana Express Edition.

“When we first sold Hana, you could purchase it [Hana Express Edition] as a software, but it ran on hardware, which was provided by partners such as Dell, IBM, HP, and Cisco,” comments Goodell.

“So what we did was that we downsized it so it could fit on PC or a Mac and this allows developers to get up and running really fast, and they can use all the capabilities … you can build, develop and deploy applications up to 32GB of memory for free.

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