SAP Releases HANA SPS5

sap_logo1102.pngDuring SAP's SAPPHIRE NOW conference in Madrid, the recent support pack for HANA was released (SPS5), providing additional capabilities to HANA's functionality set. Along with enhancements for mission-critical applications, SAP has worked on HANA's architecture to collapse the different layers of the platform—data and application, so that both reside within an in-memory-based architecture.

Along with this big change to HANA's architecture, SAP has added important functionality features to enhance support for large-scale datacenter deployments and mission-critical deployments, as well as new features to enhance the general offering of HANA. These enhancements include the following:

  • Natural language-based text analytics

  • Native predictive analysis functionality

  • Enhanced business rules management features

  • An application functional library framework

HANA SPS5 presents an important update for the HANA platform—with extensive new features across many of its components. Following is what Dr. Vishal Sikka, member of the SAP Executive Board, Technology & Innovation, mentioned at the conference in regard to this new release:
We made a bold commitment earlier this year to deliver mission-critical applications on the SAP HANA platform and we have reached that goal with our own CRM solution powered by SAP HANA. SAP HANA, with its completely in-memory, massively parallel design since inception, has brought breakthrough performance for OLTP, OLAP, and unstructured data apps in one platform. Following up on delivery of SAP Business One on SAP HANA in the third quarter, we have now demonstrated the mission-critical OLTP capabilities of SAP HANA by delivering SAP CRM on SAP HANA. I am also proud that we have delivered application services in SAP HANA, thereby collapsing the divide between application services and database and optimizing across layers, a true example of timeless software.

SAP is aiming to position its new in-memory platform for both large-scale and mid-market organizations, conveying a single message to all of these businesses: better performance, reliability, and ease of use—and offering SAP HANA in different computing architectures (on premise and cloud) for an expanding number of SAP's solutions.
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