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The insideEdge with Aiaz Kazi

by Aiaz Kazi | SAPinsider

April 1, 2013

At its core, SAP HANA is a platform that has been engineered from the ground up to do things in a new way — it provides a new way to manage data and a new way to build and deliver applications. In this executive address from Aiaz Kazi, Senior Vice President Technology and Innovation Platform Strategy at SAP, you'll learn about how SAP HANA supports the innovative efforts of developers and provides a platform that enables them to build applications that wouldn't have been feasible in the past.
 

Aiaz Kazi
Senior Vice President Technology and Innovation Platform Strategy
SAP 

As someone who got his start as a developer (and is still a developer at heart), I feel strongly that developers are truly the drivers of innovation. It is the developers who can imagine and build new applications, opening up new avenues of business. And with a platform like SAP HANA, the development possibilities are endless. Why?

For starters, SAP HANA is an open platform that supports all types of developers. Secondly, at its core, SAP HANA is a platform that has been engineered from the ground up to do things in a new way — it provides a new way to manage data and a new way to build and deliver applications. SAP HANA’s revolutionary architecture allows direct access to realtime data and enables developers to build applications that deliver real-time context.

And, despite what you might have heard, SAP HANA is not simply about speed. There are a number of ways to speed your database in today’s market, if that is all you are looking to do. But the SAP HANA platform goes beyond that. It supports all five dimensions of data — speed, real-time data access, simplicity, granularity, and multiple types of data. Developers looking to deliver applications that have two or more of these dimensions will find that only SAP HANA enables this today. Furthermore, by removing the artificial divides between applications and databases, transactions and analytics, structured and unstructured content, and operations and planning, SAP HANA provides a single platform for developers to deliver new applications in ways they never thought possible.

We’re already seeing examples of this today. One company we worked with on a pilot pointed SAP HANA at an existing database of their salesforce automation application. The data they were working with was not that large — just a few gigabytes. They didn’t require SAP HANA to handle the volume. But they said it was simplicity, not speed or power, that they were after. SAP HANA eliminates the need to build layers of intermediate tables, indexes, and materialized views, and provides an even more accurate report of the business, eliminating a lot of testing and development time, as well as the time it would take to manage the intermediate layers of information. By simplifying that process, SAP HANA opens new possibilities for applications that can go directly against granular real-time data.

We’re excited about what SAP HANA can do and have worked very hard to make it accessible to developers by providing free developer licenses, for example, and setting up the SAP Startup Focus program to bring this platform to a new group of developers that may have never even heard of SAP. We’re also offering on-demand access to SAP HANA in the cloud through SAP HANA One. And we’ve set up an SAP HANA Developer Center where developers can get access to an SAP HANA sandbox system. The www.saphana.com site provides test drives for applications on SAP HANA and educational resources and information on delivering applications with SAP HANA.

I encourage developers who are not yet working on SAP HANA to get a development instance going and start a project. My commitment to developers is that SAP is listening and delivering on their needs and requirements. The new SAP is at work here and at the heart of it is SAP HANA, which enables developers to create new applications and user experiences that they could previously only dream of.

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