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SAP HANA Fundamentally Reshapes Information Management

How In-Memory Computing Unlocks Business Value in Your Analytics and Transactional Systems

by Lee A. Dittmar and Chris Dinkel, Director, Deloitte Consulting, LLP | SAPinsider, Volume 15, Issue 3

July 1, 2014

Companies that have recognized that in-memory computing allows them to do things differently have realized many benefits, among them the ease of integrating data from multiple sources, increased speed to deployment and speed to value, and the power to turn data into action. This article explores how Deloitte — an early investor in SAP HANA — has focused significant talent, effort, and energy on developing innovative solutions that leverage the power of SAP HANA.


In-memory computing is not new, but what some organizations are doing today with SAP HANA is truly revolutionary. As the technology expands from analytics to transactional systems, the potential to fundamentally reshape business processes grows. Moving existing data warehouse and ERP engines to in-memory databases offers performance and total cost of ownership improvements, but the bigger value lies in using in-memory technologies to solve tough business problems.
In-memory technology enables significant gains in speed, with analytics number crunching and large-scale transaction processing able to run concurrently. It opens the door to real-time operations, with analytical insights informing transactional decisions at the individual level in a virtuous cycle. Opportunities for significant business improvement are emerging in every industry and for every function. Successful deployments are generating value in a variety of areas, including finance, supply chain, customer operations, sales, marketing, human resources, and risk management.    

Some focus on the details of the technology. But why should business leaders care? Those who have recognized that in-memory computing allows them to do things differently have realized these benefits:

  • Ease of integrating data from multiple sources
  • Increased speed to deployment and speed to value
  • Flexibility to meet changing business needs
  • Enhanced mobile analytics
  • The power to turn data into action

In-memory computing is not about incremental improvement, but about much bigger change.

Business Solutions Enabled by SAP HANA

Moving existing data warehouse and ERP engines to in-memory databases offers performance improvements, but the bigger value lies in using in-memory technologies to solve tough business problems.

Deloitte has focused significant effort, talent, and energy on developing innovative solutions leveraging the power of SAP HANA. Since Deloitte invested early in SAP HANA, we’ve created practical applications that utilize its capabilities. We have applied this innovation for clients across multiple industries, sectors, and domains — and also internally at Deloitte. We have 16 SAP HANA-enabled solutions — devoted to areas such as core finance, expense management, tax jurisdiction, training and development, time reporting, vendor management, and client relationship analytics — in production at the time of this writing, with more in the works. 
From our earliest work with SAP HANA, we believed that new approaches and principles were needed to guide the design and creation of solutions enabled by SAP HANA. This drove our decision to emphasize hands-on development work in real SAP HANA environments, and to focus on building SAP HANA-enabled solutions to solve real business problems. Today, Deloitte’s portfolio of solutions developed for specific client use cases includes Component Lead Time Management, Finance Transformation Accelerator, Predictive Maintenance, Predictive Asset Management, Integrated Capital Project Management, Process X-Ray, Aggregated Risk on Demand, Out-of-Stock Analytics, Pricing-Promotion-Profitability (P3), and many more.

The Time Is Now

If your company is ready to accelerate your SAP HANA journey, Deloitte can help. We are ready to share our extensive hands-on experience, proven solutions, and innovative methods. Whether you are just starting out on or were an early adopter of SAP HANA to improve analytics or transactional processes, we have the combination of skills, knowledge, and experience you need. We have global capabilities, resources, and assets, enabling us to develop and deploy innovative SAP HANA-enabled solutions quickly and efficiently.

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Lee Dittmar
Lee A. Dittmar

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Chris Dinkel
Chris Dinkel

Chris Dinkel is a managing director at Deloitte Consulting, LLP, co-leading the SAP HANA analytics capability, which focuses on delivering business intelligence and data analytics to Deloitte customers. With more than 19 years of experience managing, developing, and implementing large-scale complex information systems, Chris has recently helped enterprise customers understand the business value of SAP HANA and develop plans to leverage the technology. Currently, Chris acts as a strategic technical advisor in the areas of SAP HANA, SAP Business Warehouse, SAP S/4HANA, SAP BusinessObjects, QlikView, and Tableau. He is also advising on the analytics portion of Deloitte’s internal greenfield implementation of SAP S/4HANA Finance.

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Dave Hannon

7/21/2014 12:58:22 PM

Thank you for your comment Trevor. You can find more detail by reading the other articles in the Excelling with SAP HANA special report, which can be found here: You can also find a series of HANA-focused case studies here: I hope this is helpful.

Trevor Pinto

7/21/2014 12:03:44 PM

Your article is interesting. However, the article would be more useful if you gave greater details on at least one example. Perhaps you have have a series of articles.