Did you know that SAP HANA is much more than a high-speed analytic appliance? TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic reveals how HANA is a universal database that will enable companies to analyze large volumes of operational and transactional information in real time, from virtually any data source, and that will eventually deliver an entirely new class of applications that will change the way people think, work, plan, and operate.
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and access times. Other advantages of columnar databases are better reporting performance, parallel data entry and processing, elimination of some aggregation types, etc. In SAP HANA, users can decide whether to configure each individual table, and more likely a range of tables, in a row or columnar organization. If users change their minds later, they can change the data organization in a table on the fly. This operation literally requires that the table is read, copied to another entry format, and the