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HANA Seminar Teaser #2: Is your organization ready for SAP HANA?

by Molly Brien

June 25, 2012

By Molly Folan

The 2nd installment of the HANA teaser series is from the session “Is your organization ready for SAP HANA? A guide to the new skills and approaches your IT and business organizations will require,” which will be presented by Hettie Tabor from Accenture at the @SAPinsider #HANAseminar, kicking off in Chicago July 25-27, 2012

In-memory is a new concept in the business warehouse industry. Traditional data warehouse concepts don’t always fit in this new appliance; however, there are certain skills that can translate to this new environment — for example, resources proficient in most of the standard reporting tools can be transitioned over to the HANA toolset.

The grid below provides guidelines to perform a skills gap analysis to determine where your IT organization’s abilities need to be augmented. This is only the beginning of a long list of skills and approaches (offered in the session) to help prepare your IT and business organizations for big data and real-time analytics, but very helpful nonetheless.

Traditional DB Skil l
Project Manager
Focus was on Big Enterprise Data Warehouses
New focus is on shorter implementations; agile development
Train Project Managers
on Agile program management and smaller scope projects
Business Analysts
Empowered Business leaders — Focus was primarily on defining business requirements and user acceptance testing
New focus on having business resources become more self sufficient — Developing their own queries and reports
Train business users “on the job” to use more self-service oriented analytic tools such as SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence (WebI) and SAP BusinessObjects Analysis.
Interface Architects
Focus was on “near real time” data using BW standard extractors for SAP data or ETL tools for non SAP data (pull not push)
Focus is on real-time data from SAP using Sybase replication or SLT replication; still using ETL tools (SAP BusinessObjects Data Services) for non-SAP data
Train interface architects on the art of real-time data  and merging real -time and near real-time data; train architects on the use of SLT and Sybase replication
Data Warehouse Architects
Focus was on multiple layers of data — Heavy calculations and transformations, layers of data stores, InfoCubes (data marts), aggregates with duplicate data at each layer 
Focus is on more detailed data with minimal layers held in memory, accessed with views instead of stored data — Calculations are done on the fly
Train database architects on in-memory modeling techniques and simplification
Reporting Developers
Focus on front end reporting tools; the report developers developed most of the reports for users
Transition reporting to Business Analysts and Power Users — More focus on Web- based and mobile analytics
Train business people to develop more self-service reporting; more focus on Web based tools and mobility
Technical Architect
Focus was on hardware and software installation, database storage techniques, and performance tuning
Hardware and software installation done by the HW vendor; new in-memory technology
Re-training DBA to become comfortable in an in-memory environment

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