SAP launches first in-memory application
SAP HANA enabled apps to allow rapid processing of large volumes of data
SAP has announced the launch of its new High Performance Analytic Appliance (SAP HANA) and the first application based on it.
The technology uses in-memory processing to handle a large quantity of data processing, at much greater speeds than with traditional computing.
SAP says the technology is simplifying existing computing layers and allowing applications to directly benefit from hardware improvements for the first time
"SAP HANA and the first applications built on it are already showing customers the unprecedented speed of in-memory computing, as well as the latency they have in the layers of their current IT systems," said Vishal Sikka, executive board member, Technology and Innovation Platform, SAP AG. "The customers we are working with are already recognizing the great potential of SAP HANA to deliver solutions that were previously not feasible, and re-thinking how to run their businesses better, now that they can analyze, simulate and react in real time."
The SAP HANA enabled application is the SAP BusinessObjects Strategic Workforce Planning application, which will allow managers to run predictive modeling and planning scenarios in real time, drawing on large quantities of data from multiple sources to plan workforce requirements.
The company says that it plans to work with its customer and partner base to deliver more SAP HANA-enabled applications, with a focus on applications to help utility companies manage power supply in real time, provide retailers more timely analysis of point-of-sale data and enable more accurate sales pipeline forecasting for all types of companies over the coming year.
Early response from customers that have helped developed SAP HANA was good, the company said.
"We participated in the co-innovation program for SAP HANA and saw how SAP in-memory computing can dramatically improve our processes," said Martin Petry, CIO, Hilti Corporation. "Hilti provided over nine million customer records to SAP. By loading these into SAP HANA, it was possible to comb through these records in a matter of seconds, versus the days it took previously to extract them from our data warehouse and SAP Business Suite. We're looking forward to further exploring the transformative impact of SAP in-memory computing on our business."