Will HANA take us from data servitude to encapsulation?

    By: Mr. Adrian Bridgwater on Dec 10, 2012

    The more we learn about HANA, the more it is there appears that we still have to learn about SAP’s in-memory computing offering as it straddles the worlds of high performance analytical computing appliance, software application development platform, modeling tool, cloud application platform and in-memory database at the same time.

    A be-suited gathering of the firm’s best communications executives whizzed through London last week on a mission to educate, inform and expand our minds with regard to a recent wide-scale implementation of HANA at Anglo–Dutch multinational consumer goods giant Unilever.

    SAP’s Irfan Khan was on hand to explain the new world of HANA saying that the technology operates in a radically new way with a form and function that does not rely on disk-based notions of a pre-aggregated view of data with an index. Working with what Khan describes as “HOT” data for live in-memory computing analysis, HANA now helps us get to a point where data and applications share a new kind of relationship…

    From servitude to encapsulation

    … “previously we had a scenario where the database SERVED the applications, now we get to a point where the database ENCAPSULATES the applications,” he said.

    Computer Weekly provided what is arguably the best summary of the Unilever prepares for global HANA roll-out story and you can read the full account of how the company has been consolidating its SAP systems over the past 20 years and now runs four regional systems at the link in this paragraph.

    “By 2015, the firm plans to run a single instance of SAP, according to Thomas Benthien, director at Unilever's ERP centre of excellence. This will lead to an increase in database transactions, which is why Unilever is looking at ways to optimise the system using the in-memory HANA database. It does not yet know what it takes to run a business system on HANA, so the move to the in-memory database is more mid-term planning,” writes technology editor Cliff Saran on Computer Weekly.

    Unilever’s HANA implementation uses seven IBM machines providing development, live and failover systems. “Switching from batch and a transactional [model] to analytic processing is driven by traditional IT thinking," said Benthien.

    The Unilever story is fascinating insight in itself, but we could face a new challenge according to SAP’s Irfan Khan. “Having the resource to analyse data is one thing, getting the real time data itself could in fact now become the bigger question,” he said.

    Corralling the multiple streams of data now being brought together is the SAP Real Time Data Platform (or SAP RTDP) and you will hear more on this soon.

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    Released: December 10, 2012, 6:54 am | Updated: March 22, 2014, 2:38 pm
    Keywords: Opinion News | HANA




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