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Enhance Application Performance by Moving Your Legacy Systems to SAP HANA and the Cloud

by Stefan Hetges | SAPinsider, Volume 15, Issue 1

January 1, 2014

Migrating legacy applications to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform comes with its own set of challenges, such as how to reduce overall cost, eliminate errors, and achieve greater application speed. Find out how automated migration tools can ease these challenges by transforming an SAP environment, including ABAP applications, and bring the benefits of the cloud to SAP applications.

Discover more about how automated solutions can help increase application speed by up to 10,000 times, significantly reduce cost, eliminate errors, and preserve time and money invested in ABAP. Learn about key components of the migration, such as:

    •  Achieving immediate application performance improvements by moving core business functionality to the database layer

    •  How to pinpoint security challenges and, once identified, automatically modifying code to ensure protection against outside security threats.

    •  Maintaining your existing relational database during the migration to SAP HANA to ensure minimal risk and disruption


Making the right decisions at the right time and harnessing innovation are at the heart of gaining a competitive advantage. Technologies such as in-memory computing and the cloud enable organizations to capitalize on innovative solutions by providing real-time business insight to accelerate decision making. For SAP customers, SAP HANA Cloud Platform provides the in-memory computing benefits of SAP HANA, in addition to the elasticity, scalability, and cost-effectiveness of the cloud.

You might think that a move to SAP HANA and the cloud is only viable for new SAP applications. And you may have experienced the time-consuming, error-prone, and costly process of manually updating ABAP code. Here is the good news: An automated solution can migrate your legacy applications to the cloud and SAP HANA. This process can increase your application speed by up to 10,000 times, eliminate errors, and significantly reduce overall cost. And you can preserve the time and money you’ve invested in ABAP for your strategic business processes.

A Path to Better Application Performance

An automatic migration process to the cloud involves four main components:

  • Move core business functionality to the database layer. This move is key to unlocking the in-memory computing power of the SAP HANA database and can result in immediate application performance improvements. While legacy ABAP functionality would take months to change hundreds or thousands of lines of code manually, automation can accomplish this feat in days with less expense.
  • Increase performance. Source patterns embedded within the ABAP code, such as non-optimized data access and unused columns in queries, can slow performance. A rules-based engine with an automated migration process is far more effective — and it’s error free. You can identify and fix the issues typically associated with a manual process. At the same time, far more rules can be applied to increase application stability and maintainability.
  • Enhance data security. Moving your existing, on-premise SAP Business Suite applications to the cloud delivers faster performance, increased scalability, and lower costs. As with any cloud-based solution, security is paramount. An automated process can quickly identify potential security breaches on the application level within the code, and on the infrastructure level for data in flight and at rest. The automated process provides an efficient way to pinpoint security challenges. Once identified, the code is automatically modified to ensure protection against outside security threats. 
  • Create a cloud instance. An automated process creates a cloud environment that allows you to maintain your existing relational database during the migration to SAP HANA and ensures minimal risk and disruption to your business. With a cloud instance in place, whenever a change is made in your production system, that change is automatically integrated into SAP HANA — without slowing down your existing business processes.
Providing the Acumen and Know-How to Get You There

Although you can implement an automated mi­gration process on your own, you may not have the time, resources, or expertise to execute a migration to SAP HANA efficiently, effectively, and safely. smartShift Technologies does.

smartShift Technologies’ automated tools can help you transform your SAP environment — including your legacy ABAP applications — and bring the benefits of the cloud to your SAP applications. smartShift Technologies has the expertise to modernize your SAP investment, so you can take full advantage of the in-memory performance of SAP HANA quickly, easily, and with less risk.

To learn how smartShift Technologies can transform your SAP environment by moving it to the cloud, visit

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Stefan Hetges
Stefan Hetges

smartShift Technologies


Stefan Hetges
Stefan Hetges

smartShift Technologies

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