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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prevents multiple users from changing the same data at the same time. Row and Columnar Databases Traditional relational SQL-based databases store data as rows, as that is often the fastest way to look up a single value, such as employee salary, skills, or age, given a key value, such as the employee ID. But, as explained earlier, it is difficult to conduct analysis and decision making based on this ever-changing flat formatted data. In contrast, columnar databases group data by, well, column. Within a