How it Works
SAP HANA is both a database and a platform. The dual IT system runs on servers and processes data in real time to deliver operation insights, such as text analysis and predictive analytics.
The software is not only multifunctional but flexible as well. It can be used on the cloud or with on-premise infrastructure. It can also be part of a hybrid cloud environment which in itself can be a combination of both cloud and on-premise infrastructure.
SAP HANA is considered a “high-performance analytics appliance” (and some people consider this its definition but let’s not limit the impressive software) because it processes data stored in RAM and IT can make many applications to run on the software. This leads to a faster analysis of data which can ultimately save companies time and money. Companies get back what they invest in the software rapidly.
How HANA Has Made an Impact
Mercy, a health system located in the Midwest, added SAP HANA wanted to integrate internal and external data sources to help improve patient outcomes through real-time insights.
Mercy earned $65 million in additional revenue by improving clinical documentation to ensure physicians properly capture a clinical diagnosis and saved $9.42 million by eliminating or minimizing the use of certain surgical products, reducing variation in surgical protocols, and establishing best practices across surgical departments. In terms of time, it managed a Three-hour reduction in administering critical medication to patients suffering from heart failure and pneumonia.
SAP HANA proves that it’s diverse by collaborating with different sectors. As it worked seamlessly with healthcare it did the same with retail.
La Chapelle, a fast-growing multi-brand fashion group in China, noticed significant improvements by adding SAP HANA and integrating data between ERP and enterprise systems and making it available in real time leading to a change in how La Chapelle distributed its merchandise.
The company noticed a 5 percent increase in sales, a 30% reduction in logistics costs, and increased frequency of distribution and transfers to 48 distributions per year and one transfer in the region per week.
But those aren’t the only Positive numbers for HANA, as SAP currently claims over 21,000 HANA and 7,900 S/4HANA licensed customers.
Overall, 34 percent said it helped them optimize costs, while 24 percent thought it enabled innovation by the CFO or finance department.
65 percent of organizations use Business Warehouse on HANA, which is followed by Business Suite, HANA custom analytics, HANA enterprise applications and HANA Enterprise cloud.
A HANA Overview
- Typical customers for HANA: Small business, Medium business, Large business
- Platforms for HANA: Desktop & Cloud
- Software for HANA: Standalone, SaaS
- Offers Data Import/Export, Basic Reports, Online Customer Support
- Accurate pricing is only available upon request
HANA is the symbol of innovation because it’s about improvement. It’s the step to faster computing because it’s so malleable but like any new technology, it will need its time to prove itself. So far, it’s leaving a good impression as it has changed how many businesses analyze data and build applications.