SAP HANA: The In-Memory Platform for Digital Transformation

July 3, 2018

Digital transformation is a top priority. IT systems must adapt quickly to technologies and business models that arise at a dizzying pace. Let the SAP HANA platform replace complex systems and isolated applications to help you transform IT. It supports modern applications that help you reimagine business processes and deliver real-time insights from data that’s always fresh.

 

SAP HANA is one of the first data management platforms to handle both transactions and analytics in memory on a single data copy. It converges a state-of-the-art database with advanced analytical processing, application development capabilities, data integration, and data quality. You gain a single secure environment for all your mission-critical data assets, so you can manage large volumes of structured and unstructured data efficiently to improve total cost of ownership. At the same time, you can simplify your IT landscape and reduce administrative effort by consolidating multiple workloads onto SAP HANA. Being able to Run Simple helps you deliver insight into ongoing trans-actions, so your organization can respond in real time to market change, seizing new opportunities more quickly than your competitors. And you can develop innovative applications on SAP HANA that combine transactions and analytics and deliver engaging personalized experiences over any device.

 

Reimagine your database

SAP HANA is built on an in-memory columnar store that optimizes the benefits of multicore pro-cessing and the single-instruction, multiple-data instruction set. It’s fully compliant with require-ments for the atomicity, consistency, isolation, and durability (ACID) standards.Intuitive modeling tools and preconfigured func-tion libraries let you run complex business logic directly inside the database. And that means you avoid latencies from moving data between the database and the application servers. Stored pro-cedures take advantage of optimized in-memory calculation engines to run faster.

 

When you set up multitenant database contain-ers, you can manage several databases as one while maintaining their isolation from one another. You can perform administrative tasks such as backup and patching on all tenants at once and optionally allocate resources to each tenant sepa-rately to protect performance. You can meet service-level requirements handily while lowering capital and operating costs.With multistore tables in SAP HANA dynamic tier-ing software, you can keep frequently accessed data in memory while moving rarely accessed data to disk, managing Big Data economically without the constraints of memory size. Applications can access data independently of storage location, and you can modify storage preferences whenever demand changes.

 

Accelerate analytics exponentially

With in-memory processing, you can run on-the-fly aggregation, eliminating the need for pre-aggregates, materialized views, analytic indexes, or database accelerators. Business users can retrieve high-level summaries quickly and also drill down to granular details.

 

SAP HANA includes native high-performance predictive and machine learning algorithms and integration with TensorFlow and R Server to reveal meaningful patterns in data and build applications that can learn and automate some of the manual business processes. Text search and text analysis extract meaning from semistructured text and transform it into a data model for analysis. SAP HANA provides native support for spatial data – points, lines, and polygons – and spatial functions. Base maps in SAP HANA – with political boundaries and points of interest – help accelerate development of location-aware business applications.

 

You can also process and analyze streaming data from sensors, plant equipment, the Internet of Things, or financial transactions with SAP HANA. Series data processing helps you store and query time-series data like price fluctuations, seasonal trends, and information on machine efficiency and network flow. Finally, SAP HANA can store highly interconnected graph data in a dynamic data model.

 

SAP HANA is a single platform for building applications that combine text analysis, spatial analysis, predictive analysis, and graph data processing on the same live transactional data, streaming data, series data, and data from exter-nal sources. A wealth of new possibilities helps you reimagine business models, design new services, and expand into new markets.

 

Create and manage  innovative applications

SAP HANA connects with existing applications using open standards and offers a choice of ways to build Web-based applications and applications based on microservices. SAP® Web IDE for SAP HANA offers a comprehensive lightweight tool set for data modeling and application development. You also can use the edition of the SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer Web application that works with SAP HANA to model data for building enter-prise architecture. ABAP® programming language programmers and users of SAP PowerDesigner® software can exploit the power of SAP HANA with their preferred tools as well. Integrated lifecycle management features help you define application structure, track object changes, and assemble applications and deploy them to the production system.

 

SAP HANA supports a variety of programming languages, including Java, JavaScript, Python, Go, Node.js, and JSON, so you can use a familiar language for development. It contains several preconfigured business functions, dis-counted cash flow, and interest rate management, to further accelerate development. These run inside the database for optimal performance and can be called directly from SQLScript. SAP HANA also includes a framework that lets you create your own data processing algorithms to run inside the database.


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