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SAP HANA Innovations Touch All Aspects of an Organization

SAP S/4HANA Is the Latest in a Long Line of Releases

by Philippe Dendievel | SAPinsider, Volume 16, Issue 2

April 1, 2015

SAP’s innovation touches all aspects of the enterprise, from finance to operations, supply chain, and the warehouse. Learn how SAP’s latest innovations use SAP HANA to deliver a new features and functionality that enable companies to gain real-time business insights, run smarter apps built for specific roles in the enterprise, and deliver a sophisticated user experience while maintaining a low total cost of ownership.


The speed of innovation at SAP is fast, and it only shows signs of accelerating. The consistent evolution of the SAP HANA platform most recently produced its newest iteration: SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA).

SAP S/4HANA builds upon SAP HANA-based innovations, with a simplified database (no materialized aggregates) and rewritten, optimized code. It fully leverages SAP HANA’s transactional and real-time analytics capabilities through SAP HANA Live and delivers an improved end-user interface based on SAP Fiori. SAP S/4HANA is available on premise and in the cloud on a multitenant SAP HANA database.

SAP’s innovation spreads across all facets of the enterprise, from the finance department to operations, supply chain, and the warehouse. These innovations allow companies to gain real-time business insights, run smarter apps built for specific roles in the enterprise, and deliver unprecedented user experience while maintaining a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

SAP S/4HANA builds upon SAP HANA-based innovations, with a simplified database and rewritten, optimized code.

A Wave of New Features, Flexibility, and Functionality

One prominent place of innovation for SAP solutions is finance. SAP Simple Finance delivers the new generation of accounting, cash management, and integrated business planning capabilities with higher agility, simulation, and real-time insights.

In business intelligence, SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) customers now have more agility and self-service ability. With new Eclipse-based modeling, real-time options, self-service with SAP Lumira, solutions for nearline storage, and dynamic tiering to store data, companies can publish SAP BW objects into SAP HANA views that deliver self-service capabilities at a stunning performance.

SAP HANA Live brings more than 1,000 views on SAP ERP, enabling real-time operational reporting and dashboards. In fact, they can be combined with SAP BW powered by SAP HANA views, enabling you to combine operational reporting with historical data based on the data warehouse.

Multitenancy, available in SAP HANA service pack 9, supports multitenant database containers. This upgrade is vital in enabling multiple SAP applications to run on a single SAP HANA system, which optimizes investments in hardware and results in a lower TCO. Additional innovations include expansion in the area of virtualization, SAP HANA tailored data center integration options for reusing storage networks, and support for less expensive central processing units.

But there is more than just the database. SAP HANA allows the seamless integration of any data in SAP Business Suite, such as point-of-sale (POS) data. SAP for Retail is being enhanced with SAP Customer Activity Repository and SAP hybris Marketing. SAP Customer Activity Repository includes key performance indicator dashboards on consumer views and product views.

SAP hybris Marketing embeds advanced analytics with SAP Audience Discovery and Targeting. This enables the segmentation of customers as well as information gleaned from recommendation engines that make use of SAP HANA’s predictive analysis library. SAP Customer Activity Repository and SAP hybris Marketing currently integrate with SAP Cloud for Customer.

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Delaware Consulting specializes in SAP HANA implementations, including SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA, SAP Fiori, and more. We are the proud recipients of the 2015 EMEA Partner Excellence Award for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA.1 

Delaware Consulting is a global business consulting leader offering advanced solutions and services to organizations striving for a sustainable competitive advantage. As a certified partner of SAP, OpenText, Microsoft, and Sitecore, Delaware Consulting helps organizations reach the next level of customer experience, operational excellence, or business insights. For more information, visit


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