SAP Announces Availability of HANA-based ERP




Today is a big day for SAP and its customer base—at the SAP conference in New York the world-leading vendor has announced general availability of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP’s newest technical platform, SAP HANA.

What does it mean for businesses and other organizations that are potential and current clients of SAP? To bypass the technical details and terminology, the HANA platform is capable of capturing and analyzing data on a single in-memory platform with a data operation speed exceeding that of all known existing business solutions by tens of thousands times. This allows users to, for instance, perform business transactions that usually take hours in seconds, or practically in real time. For example, financial close, receivables management, or analysis of massive sales data segments can be done in moments.

As I recently predicted, the widespread availability of such powerful solutions for all organizations will have a ground-shaking and long-standing effect. The truth is that the peerless performance of transactions will not only speed up the usual processes. More importantly, it will allow clients to rethink and reinvent the typical business processes and procedures that they have been performing for years. Many of them now could be heavily modified or even bypassed.

As an example given by SAP, traditional manufacturing requirements planning (MRP) processes that are run overnight at thousands of manufacturing businesses now can be calculated within seconds or minutes, depending on the data volume. This will immediately bring manufacturers into real-time planning procedures, and, as a result, batch-based planning and batch manufacturing may be entirely retracted.

The software is powerful enough to trace and plan a single inventory unit and single manufacturing item, and modify manufacturing plans on the fly. It will inevitably have a huge long-term impact on the entire ERP and other business software industries, as well as on the ways those systems are used.
 
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