SAP HANA for transactional and analytic workloads – when does it make sense?

Helena Schwenk

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by

It’s been a busy start to 2013 for SAP. Earlier this month the company launched Business Suite on HANA, providing capabilities to marry both transactional processing with analytics on its in-memory platform. Then shortly afterwards the company released its Q4 figures providing a clearer indication of how the companyís HANA strategy is measuring up in terms of real-world adoption.

For the record, the company has stated the HANA analytics platform has 1000 customers and has made around $270 million in software sales in Q4, with revenue for 2012 coming in at around $540 million. But SAP doesnít intend to stop there; the company has been reported as saying it believes HANA could end up being a half billion US dollar business (although no particular timescales were given as to when this would be achieved).

No-one would doubt these figures represent a positive start for SAP, especially considering that HANA was only introduced to the market in 2010. But behind the numbers itís also useful to understand exactly how HANA has evolved both in terms of its core positioning as well as its key technology capabilities to garner so much industry as well as customer attention.

I’ve just published a new three-page In Brief report which takes a look at how HANA has evolved to become the analytics platform it is today and what the implications are for Business Suite customers looking to migrate to HANA and exactly whatís involved – there are quite a few things you’ll need to take into account on several levels. The report is available to download free from our research library – all you need is a free MWD Advisors account (or you can log in using your LinkedIn account).

You can find the report here in our library. I hope you find it helpful. If you’re already using HANA and are a Business Suite customer, do let me know how you’re getting on – you can reach me at

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