Top 5 Myths about SAP HANA: Debunked


SAP HANA is an application that's designed to use in-memory database technology to allow the processing of high volumes of data in a short time. This flexible application helps you reduce data redundancy, increase innovation, decrease data management costs, all of which achieves better business outcomes.

With the in-memory computing database infrastructure, HANA is able to process data that's stored in RAM instead of reading it from a disk. In addition, HANA performs advanced analytics and includes an application server as well as ETL capabilities. No software is perfect as there's always room for improvements. However, there are myths surrounding HANA that we'll set straight.


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5 myths about SAP HANA


1. HANA is Expensive

Previously, SAP's license policies were unsettling for those who wanted to purchase it. It's for that reason that HANA was introduced with a price model, which categorizes the investment costs into five tiers.

Businesses are now required to pay just a quarter of the former prices for data above 16 terabytes, while still benefiting from remarkably enhanced storage opportunities. In addition, the only data that's subject to licensing is the one that's stored in the production system.

Others like transferred data, test systems, as well as development systems, are not. Also, by investing in the application's full-use license, you refrain from incurring any additional HANA costs.

2. You Don't Need SAP HANA If You Don't Have Current Analytics Solutions

HANA's main purpose is to support the IT functions that drive modern businesses. This application combines the operations of both OLTP (online transaction processing) and OLAP (online analytical processing) into one system.

Previously HANA was considered a luxury that was only useful to large companies that wanted to add it to their existing infrastructure so as to handle things that were unrealistic. And, even though analytics is a major part of HANA, studies show that the application is used more for transaction processing than it is for analytics.

3. The Application is Only Suitable for SAP Applications

SAP HANA licencing can be categorized into two:

  • the runtime edition,  that is only designed to run SAP applications
  • the full-use license, on the other hand, exploits the platform's full functionality, which means the package can be used to run SAP and non-SAP systems. In addition, the full-use license allows you to function at a database level, develop native applications, process distributed data in hybrid environments, as well as use different function libraries.

4. The Application Isn't Compatible with Your Industry Solution

As a new product, SAP HANA won't probably support all features exactly as they were before. However, the fact is, yesterday's technology cannot handle today's reality. Therefore, businesses need to have a platform for the digital enterprise if they want to stay on top of the competition. Fortunately, you have HANA, which is the Next-Gen enterprise platform that will help you revamp your business.

5. The Application is Only Suitable for Experts

HANA supports quite a number of programming standards, for instance, the famous database language SQL. It's also a database platform that supports applications of third-party suppliers, which makes it unnecessary for in-depth knowledge.

In addition, HANA supports SAPUI5 and SAP Fiori, which allows for native business applications. HANA has upgraded its user experience and design philosophy, which makes SAP Fiori as well as the SAPUI5 development platform the future for the overall user interface to SAP.


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