SAP Launches Data Warehousing Platform Built on HANA

SAP is releasing a next generation data warehouse solution for running a real-time digital enterprise on-premise and in the cloud.

The new solution, SAP BW/4HANA, will be available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) so companies can modernize their data warehousing environments and accelerate their digital journey into the cloud.

“Similar to S4 HANA, SAP BW/4HANA is natively built on the HANA platform so it’s leveraging the in-memory technology,” said Ken Tsai, vice president, heat of cloud platform & data management, product marketing at SAP. “Why we are doing this is because what we have seen is the traditional data warehouses are just simply not agile enough.”

With SAP BW/4HANA, customers will have a way of achieving real-time analytics through a new foundation for logical data warehousing that provides the interactivity with historical and live data residing in a diverse IT landscape, whether within or outside the enterprise.

“We want to really leverage this product to transform the traditional data warehouse into a more modern data warehousing architecture where a data warehouse can be distributed versus consolidated to one area,” Tsai said. “The way you build data models can be a lot more simplified versus the traditional way of doing that.”

SAP BW/4HANA will provide an open data warehousing environment for rapid application development, a modern user interface, advanced multi-temperature data handling, and support for cloud-ready offerings including Amazon AWS and SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) with other third party cloud platforms expected to follow.

The platform will feature an end-to-end data management platform for running a live digital business through the automatic generation of SAP HANA views that combine SQL data logic and native application data taken directly from SAP S/4HANA; offer extreme performance through advanced, in-memory analytics and algorithm pushdown; provide faster application development with a fully redesigned user interface for enhanced data flow modeling;  reduce data management and storage costs through automatic partitioning of multi-temperature data; and offer efficient data warehouse migration and implementation with unified data load management and full scale-out support, as a de facto standard for customers.

It will also integrate live streaming and time-series sensor data collected from Internet of Things (IoT) environments via smart data streaming, an event stream processing option in SAP HANA.

Data warehousing engineers and administrators will benefit the most from this new platform, according to Tsai.

Additionally, business users who don’t see the data warehousing environment but see the consumer BI toolset they use will benefit from this as well.

“Data should be accessible to everyone no matter where data resides,” Tsai said.

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