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SAP HANA-One Technology to Watch in 2012 (and Beyond)
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

analytic and evaluative methods and techniques  (MultiDimensional eXpressions) language for analytic and multimedia inquiries and calculations, and the proprietary SQL Script language (a cross-platform SQL language for database interfacing). In addition, there is a planning engine for performing financial operations in the database layer, a disk-based storage (for the data types that do not require the in-memory speed), SAP LiveCache for objects storage (to store non-text files and unstructured data), a data aging system, a persistence layer from

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Sales Force Automation (SFA)

Sales Force Automation (SFA) systems help sales and marketing teams with functions related to taking orders, generating proposals or quotes, managing territories, managing partners, and maintaining contact data. Systems often include various levels of analytic and reporting capabilities. 

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