SAP HANA SP9 Is A Big Deal, Here’s Why

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SAP HANA Service Pack 9 was announced Leaving the Site Icon in October at SAP TechEd && d-code. The expected release date is before year-end 2014. More than 4,100 SAP HANA customers and 1,700 startups are leveraging the SAP HANA platform today, SAP reports. This traction is astounding, particularly when one considers that SAP first announced HANA only 3 years ago. Talk about collapsing the hype cycle. Arguably, in the world of enterprise technology, never before has the time from inception to adoption of a truly transformative technology passed so quickly.

The breakneck pace of HANA adoption is really no surprise. HANA’s ability to access and deliver information up to 100,000 times faster than what was traditionally possible, its unprecedented ability to run transactions and perform analytics on a single architecture, and its dramatic simplification and cost reduction of IT landscapes makes HANA too appealing, too transformative, too big to ignore.

Just the same, many CEOs, CIOs and IT decision makers remain on the fence when it comes to HANA. While they know that the Cloud is the future and that SAP's breakthrough in-memory database technology affords unprecedented and unequalled ability to wrest big value from Big Data -- whether deployed on-premise or in the Cloud, apprehension about cost, perceived disruption and protecting existing IT investments may keep them from pulling the trigger on HANA.

More’s the pity for these laggards. HANA is here, it is proven, and growing number of customers are reaping the performance benefits, cost savings, agility, sustainable innovation and competitive advantage that HANA delivers.

HANA cost savings are real and substantial

According to ForresterLeaving the Site Icon enterprises opting to implement SAP HANA can expect to see their software costs fall by more than 70%, their hardware costs by 15%, and their administration and development costs by 20%.

Industry watchdog and Diginomica co-founder Den Howlett recently took a hardnosed look at the total cost of ownership of SAP HANALeaving the Site Icon Howlett reviewed a study undertaken on behalf of a large government department running SAP and looking to implement SAP HANA. According to the study, verified by Hewlett, the department's 'as is' cost over a 5-year period is $30 million. With HANA -- including licenses, hardware, project and support -- the cost is $17 million over five years. That’s a 43 percent TCO reduction!

HANA SP 9 delivers more infrastructure savings, performance improvements, and sustainable innovation

SAP HANA Service Pack 9 builds on HANA’s already strong momentum by significantly furthering HANA's cost-savings capabilities, performance potential, and innovation power. Major advances in SP9 include multi-tenancy, tiered data storage, and streaming-data analysis.

Here's why they matter...

Beyond the tired purists' debate over the definition of multi-tenancy, in HANA SP9, multi-tenancy means a dramatically simplified architecture and the attendant reduction in TCO.

Historically, a customer running multiple SAP systems (example: BW and ERP), didn’t have the capability to effectively manage workloads in one environment. Multi-tenancy in SP 9 allows businesses to now run multiple HANA clients on one HANA instance.

Managing all SAP systems in a single environment, while preserving the ability to manage instances separately if I needed, drives significant consolidation savings and considerable performance and efficiency gains.

Multi-tenancy also has implications for applications code customization, which can now be done on the database layer via an on-premise version of HANA or via the hosted “HANA Enterprise Cloud” managed by SAP and/or SAP partners, making it easier for SAP customers to customize and extend critical business applications -- SAP and non-SAP.

Why is this important? Remember that HANA is equally applicable to both the SAP and non-SAP worlds, and because of this, it is conceivable that in the not-too-distant future there are likely to be more custom-built HANA applications than commercially available ‘powered by HANA’ solutions marketed by SAP.

Now onto dynamic tiering…

For the last four years, SAP has been committed to disrupting the database market with innovative solutions that challenge old, expensive and inefficient database architectures. Building on this, the dynamic tiering feature in SP9 allows SAP customers to store "warm" tables of data on conventional (lower-cost) spinning disks while keeping the hot data needed for speedy analysis in memory.

There is no data duplication, which yields significant cost savings, and because dynamic tiering relaxing the hardware specifications for HANA, SAP customers can now manage data on a cost or performance basis.

All features of Hana -- security, replication, backup, high-availability, and so on -- apply to both storage tiers.
According to Björn Goerke, Executive Vice President and Corporate Officer, SAP Product & Innovation Technology, dynamic tiering “allows us to take the cost equation for very large-scale HANA systems off the table once and forever.”

The significance of data streaming…

Data-streaming capabilities in HANA SP 9, adapted from Sybase ESP (Event Stream Processing), make it possible to look at events streams coming from “Internet of Things” sensors or data from a manufacturing plant and feed it in streaming mode into HANA, enabling businesses to process, analyze and capture millions of IoT events in a second.  Gartner Leaving the Site Icon predicts the number of devices will reach 26 billion by 2020.

This capability alone opens the way for a wealth of a new applications ideally suited to help businesses thrive in today's Big Data world.

Making the HANA choice simple…

SAP also announced at SAP TechEd && d-code its Simpler Choice Database ProgramLeaving the Site Icon a bundling of new offers to get customers quickly realizing the benefits of SAP in-memory and data management solutions.

A three-step program, Simpler Choice begins with Try Simple, where SAP provides the resources to help customers assess current IT landscape complexity; discover what their IT landscape costs; and ascertain where they can save time and resources.

Buy Simple protects customers’ investment by simplifying licensing terms for flexible deployment options (on-premise and Cloud) now and as their business needs evolve.

Run Simple helps customers migrate by lowering the cost and risk of migration via services credit for database migrations and reduced maintenance costs during the period of migration.

Simply put, the Simpler Choice DB Program obliterates any lingering barriers to HANA adoption for SMEs and LEs alike.

Test drive HANA today in the NTT DATA SAP Solution Center

SAP has made it clear that HANA is the future, and that HANA is the platform for every single thing the company will do going forward. SAP customers (existing and prospective) are well advised to take a hard look at how SAP HANA can transform their business, and begin mapping out a strategy for HANA adoption that makes sense for their business.

In this spirit, we encourage SAP customers, new and prospective, to visit one of the two NTT DATA SAP Solution Centers in North America.

The NTT DATA SAP Solution Centers are state of the art facilities featuring a wide array of integrated SAP industry, line of business, analytical, and technical products where IT decision makers, using their own data, can experience live demonstrations of the very latest SAP solutions, build business cases for investing in SAP, test enhancements to their existing SAP landscapes, and learn first hand how mobility, enterprise performance management (EPM), enterprise information management (EIM), the cloud, analytics and the power of SAP HANA can drive process improvements, efficiency gains, competitiveness and profits.

At NTT DATA, we invest in SAP to ensure that our customers always get the most from their SAP investment.

Our customer can expect HANA SP9 to be up and running in the NTT DATA Solution Centers within 45 day of the release.

SAP HANA Service Pack 9 was announced Leaving the Site Icon in October at SAP TechEd && d-code. The expected release date is before year-end 2014. More than 4,100 SAP HANA customers and 1,700 startups are leveraging the SAP HANA platform today, SAP reports. This traction is astounding, particularly when one considers that SAP first announced HANA only 3 years ago. Talk about collapsing the hype cycle. Arguably, in the world of enterprise technology, never before has the time from inception to adoption of a truly transformative technology passed so quickly.

The breakneck pace of HANA adoption is really no surprise. HANA’s ability to access and deliver information up to 100,000 times faster than what was traditionally possible, its unprecedented ability to run transactions and perform analytics on a single architecture, and its dramatic simplification and cost reduction of IT landscapes makes HANA too appealing, too transformative, too big to ignore.

Just the same, many CEOs, CIOs and IT decision makers remain on the fence when it comes to HANA. While they know that the Cloud is the future and that SAP's breakthrough in-memory database technology affords unprecedented and unequalled ability to wrest big value from Big Data -- whether deployed on-premise or in the Cloud, apprehension about cost, perceived disruption and protecting existing IT investments may keep them from pulling the trigger on HANA.

More’s the pity for these laggards. HANA is here, it is proven, and growing number of customers are reaping the performance benefits, cost savings, agility, sustainable innovation and competitive advantage that HANA delivers.

HANA cost savings are real and substantial

According to ForresterLeaving the Site Icon enterprises opting to implement SAP HANA can expect to see their software costs fall by more than 70%, their hardware costs by 15%, and their administration and development costs by 20%.

Industry watchdog and Diginomica co-founder Den Howlett recently took a hardnosed look at the total cost of ownership of SAP HANALeaving the Site Icon Howlett reviewed a study undertaken on behalf of a large government department running SAP and looking to implement SAP HANA. According to the study, verified by Hewlett, the department's 'as is' cost over a 5-year period is $30 million. With HANA -- including licenses, hardware, project and support -- the cost is $17 million over five years. That’s a 43 percent TCO reduction!

HANA SP 9 delivers more infrastructure savings, performance improvements, and sustainable innovation

SAP HANA Service Pack 9 builds on HANA’s already strong momentum by significantly furthering HANA's cost-savings capabilities, performance potential, and innovation power. Major advances in SP9 include multi-tenancy, tiered data storage, and streaming-data analysis.

Here's why they matter...

Beyond the tired purists' debate over the definition of multi-tenancy, in HANA SP9, multi-tenancy means a dramatically simplified architecture and the attendant reduction in TCO.

Historically, a customer running multiple SAP systems (example: BW and ERP), didn’t have the capability to effectively manage workloads in one environment. Multi-tenancy in SP 9 allows businesses to now run multiple HANA clients on one HANA instance.

Managing all SAP systems in a single environment, while preserving the ability to manage instances separately if I needed, drives significant consolidation savings and considerable performance and efficiency gains.

Multi-tenancy also has implications for applications code customization, which can now be done on the database layer via an on-premise version of HANA or via the hosted “HANA Enterprise Cloud” managed by SAP and/or SAP partners, making it easier for SAP customers to customize and extend critical business applications -- SAP and non-SAP.

Why is this important? Remember that HANA is equally applicable to both the SAP and non-SAP worlds, and because of this, it is conceivable that in the not-too-distant future there are likely to be more custom-built HANA applications than commercially available ‘powered by HANA’ solutions marketed by SAP.

Now onto dynamic tiering…

For the last four years, SAP has been committed to disrupting the database market with innovative solutions that challenge old, expensive and inefficient database architectures. Building on this, the dynamic tiering feature in SP9 allows SAP customers to store "warm" tables of data on conventional (lower-cost) spinning disks while keeping the hot data needed for speedy analysis in memory.

There is no data duplication, which yields significant cost savings, and because dynamic tiering relaxing the hardware specifications for HANA, SAP customers can now manage data on a cost or performance basis.

All features of Hana -- security, replication, backup, high-availability, and so on -- apply to both storage tiers.
According to Björn Goerke, Executive Vice President and Corporate Officer, SAP Product & Innovation Technology, dynamic tiering “allows us to take the cost equation for very large-scale HANA systems off the table once and forever.”

The significance of data streaming…

Data-streaming capabilities in HANA SP 9, adapted from Sybase ESP (Event Stream Processing), make it possible to look at events streams coming from “Internet of Things” sensors or data from a manufacturing plant and feed it in streaming mode into HANA, enabling businesses to process, analyze and capture millions of IoT events in a second.  Gartner Leaving the Site Icon predicts the number of devices will reach 26 billion by 2020.

This capability alone opens the way for a wealth of a new applications ideally suited to help businesses thrive in today's Big Data world.

Making the HANA choice simple…

SAP also announced at SAP TechEd && d-code its Simpler Choice Database ProgramLeaving the Site Icon a bundling of new offers to get customers quickly realizing the benefits of SAP in-memory and data management solutions.

A three-step program, Simpler Choice begins with Try Simple, where SAP provides the resources to help customers assess current IT landscape complexity; discover what their IT landscape costs; and ascertain where they can save time and resources.

Buy Simple protects customers’ investment by simplifying licensing terms for flexible deployment options (on-premise and Cloud) now and as their business needs evolve.

Run Simple helps customers migrate by lowering the cost and risk of migration via services credit for database migrations and reduced maintenance costs during the period of migration.

Simply put, the Simpler Choice DB Program obliterates any lingering barriers to HANA adoption for SMEs and LEs alike.

Test drive HANA today in the NTT DATA SAP Solution Center

SAP has made it clear that HANA is the future, and that HANA is the platform for every single thing the company will do going forward. SAP customers (existing and prospective) are well advised to take a hard look at how SAP HANA can transform their business, and begin mapping out a strategy for HANA adoption that makes sense for their business.

In this spirit, we encourage SAP customers, new and prospective, to visit one of the two NTT DATA SAP Solution Centers in North America.

The NTT DATA SAP Solution Centers are state of the art facilities featuring a wide array of integrated SAP industry, line of business, analytical, and technical products where IT decision makers, using their own data, can experience live demonstrations of the very latest SAP solutions, build business cases for investing in SAP, test enhancements to their existing SAP landscapes, and learn first hand how mobility, enterprise performance management (EPM), enterprise information management (EIM), the cloud, analytics and the power of SAP HANA can drive process improvements, efficiency gains, competitiveness and profits.

At NTT DATA, we invest in SAP to ensure that our customers always get the most from their SAP investment.

Our customer can expect HANA SP9 to be up and running in the NTT DATA Solution Centers within 45 day of the release.

Schedule a visit to the NTT DATA SAP Solution Center today!

Post Date: 11/20/2014

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