For years, companies built business processes on long-running batch processes because there was no other choice; available technology simply did not allow for real-time insights in the enterprise. In-memory computing with SAP HANA has helped to flip that script, with companies clearly seeing the value in a database that accommodates the processing of both transactional and analytical workloads.
Nearly three years ago SAP released SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, and customers have enjoyed significant performance gains with the newfound ability to run business processes in real-time. With the February 2015 release of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), SAP dialed it up a notch by optimizing SAP HANA for the business suite; rather than port applications to SAP HANA as before, a new unified data model in SAP S/4HANA means that the applications themselves are architected to deliver massive simplifications, such as eliminating indexes, aggregates, and redundancies that conspire to create business process latencies.
Hu Yoshida, Chief Technology Officer of Hitachi Data Systems, explores the major advantages of simplification with SAP S/4HANA in his latest “Hu’s Place” blog, detailing the various benefits that a dramatically smaller data footprint can mean to the business. Simplified business processes and a simplified architecture tell only part of the SAP S/4HANA story, however, and Yoshida also explains the importance of having an ideal infrastructure that is tailored specifically for SAP S/4HANA. Simplification, Yoshida writes, includes a converged solution infrastructure that is preconfigured and certified for SAP HANA.