SAP Improves SAP HANA Platform on 3 Fronts

SAP is beefing up HANA in three key areas to enhance the overall experience with the platform. The improvements include design services to develop better user experiences across any app or solution as well as a better custom app development experience,  features to support high availability/disaster recovery deployment as well as quick subscription-based options enabling deployment in a matter of minutes.

1. SAP Launches Design Services. Based on the success of SAP Fiori, SAP is now launching user experience (UX) design services to help customers take advantage of the "design thinking" approach. SAP Fiori is a collection of apps that provide an easy to use experience for frequently used SAP software functions that work seamlessly across devices. The new UX services will consist of a team of professional designers working alongside customers in a collaborative model with real end-user participation to develop better user experiences across any app or solution. The team will bring together design methodologies, including design thinking, user research, interaction design and visual design, to create end user-focused business scenarios and apps.

With SP7 for SAP HANA, the open application development experience is planned to be broader and language-agnostic. Developers will be able to take advantage of the core data services (CDS) and pre-packaged data quality libraries to foster reuse and rapid development.

In addition, SAP HANA smart data access technology has been enhanced with the capability to write, and has been extended to include sources such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server. Smart data access also provides tighter Hadoop integration via Hortonworks. SAP has also added the ability to create custom text analysis dictionaries for processing unstructured data the way business applications need it.

2. Supporting Mission Critical Deployments. With SAP HANA SP7, SAP plans to add new features supporting high availability and disaster recovery deployment,  such as snapshots and logs for replay as well as cascading system replication for complex configurations. New unified install and patching tools and enhanced monitoring of operations will also simplify the administrative experience.

3. New Cloud Infrastructure Services. SAP plans to introduce new subscription-based options for the infrastructure of SAP HANA to allow simpler deployment. Customers, startups and partners will be able to bring their SAP HANA license and access infrastructure directly from the SAP HANA Marketplace. With the new subscription-based options, scale, access and payment will be simpler and based on the customer's requirements.

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