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After the Hype, SAP HANA Adoption Is Taking Off

by Alison Bessho | SAPinsider, Volume 15, Issue 3

July 1, 2014

SAP HANA adoption is nearing an inflection point. What is it that makes SAP HANA so appealing, transformative, and vital that organizations are choosing it for their landscapes? This article steps through its benefits, including its capacity to access and deliver information faster than what was traditionally possible, its unparalleled ability to run transactions and perform analytics on a single architecture, and its simplification and cost reduction of IT landscapes.

 

The adoption of innovative core enterprise technology historically has moved at a snail’s pace, with real-world traction taking hold only after years of marketing hype. SAP HANA obliterates this paradigm. Just four years after it was announced, SAP HANA has more than 3,000 customers, 1,300 of whom have implemented the SAP HANA database. Additionally, 1,200 startup companies are currently building products with SAP HANA, according to SAP.1

Considering the frenetic pace of SAP HANA-powered innovation under way within the SAP partner ecosystem, it’s clear that SAP HANA adoption is nearing an inflection point.
 
What makes SAP HANA so appealing, transformative, and vital, prompting such an adoption rate? The answer lies in its capacity to access and deliver information up to 100,000 times faster than what was traditionally possible, its unparalleled ability to run transactions and perform analytics on a single architecture, and its dramatic simplification and cost reduction of IT landscapes.

Timing Is Everything

The confluence of big data, mobility, and cloud computing makes this an ideal time to adopt SAP HANA — for both current and first-time SAP customers.

For SAP customers, SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA is available. Customers can take an iterative approach to adopting SAP HANA, migrating a data warehouse (e.g., SAP Business Warehouse) to the SAP HANA platform, or implementing a rapid deployment solution powered by SAP HANA. 

The confluence of big data, mobility, and cloud computing makes this an ideal time to adopt SAP HANA — for both current and first-time SAP customers.

SAP HANA is equally suited for non-SAP customers due to the capability for custom-built applications to be developed on the SAP HANA platform to fit a company’s unique needs and processes. In fact, in the not-too-distant future, there are likely to be more custom-built SAP HANA applications touching non-SAP systems than commercially available “powered by SAP HANA” solutions marketed by SAP.
 
In addition, SAP HANA Cloud Platform enables customers to quickly build, extend, and run SAP HANA-powered applications while enjoying the cloud benefits of flexibility, scalability, and the ability to classify the purchases as operational expenditures rather than capital expenditures.

Above all, one of the most compelling reasons for SAP HANA’s breakneck adoption rate is its unbridled power to drive innovation and transform how companies create, consume, and share information. As more use cases further validate SAP HANA’s value and accelerate adoption across industries, businesses that fail to move forward with SAP HANA will find themselves consumed, commoditized, or simply crushed.

Capitalize on the Opportunities SAP HANA Presents

Don’t let your company be left behind. Let us help you find your first use case for SAP HANA — one that will drive new business insights and capabilities. NTT DATA offers workshops that identify the best value SAP HANA can provide to support your business strategies. You can also visit our state-of-the-art facility in Irving, TX, to test-drive SAP HANA. There, you can use your own data in an SAP HANA system, build a rock-solid business case, and map out a strategic implementation plan fine-tuned to address your most pressing business challenges and capitalize on your most fruitful opportunities. Contact NTT DATA today at www.nttdata.com/americas to begin or advance your company’s SAP HANA journey.

 

1 IDG, “SAP Lays Out Its Strategy for Growth, with HANA at the Forefront” (April 2014; http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=F5874A9B-E27F-C6B6-C285566005DF7EB2). [back]

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Alison Bessho
Alison Bessho

Director
SAP HANA Solutions
NTT DATA



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