Finally, SAP’s Approach to In-memory Analysis

A note last week from announced the availability of SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA), as well as it’s the release of SAP BusinessObjects Strategic Workforce Planning Application as the first application to take advantage of SAP HANA.

On another note, Oliver Bussmann, CIO of SAP AG, says of SAP HANA:
It is a technology that allows the processing of massive quantities of real-time data in the main memory of the appliance to provide immediate results from an analysis and transaction point of view. So what does it mean? It is all about a huge amount of data that we are now able to process because we now have the technology in place to move 2 or 4 terabytes of data, literally all information into the memory and present that real-time, which would usually take days; the outcome of this process is available in real real-time.

In-memory technologies are going to play a major role in the business intelligence and analytics space, and SAP is taking the necessary steps to provide customer with these sorts of capabilities. HANA will enable SAP to enter the in-memory analytics niche along with other products like QlikTech’s QlikView [Evaluate the product] and Microsoft’s PowerPivot.

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