My SAP HANA Review
November 29, 2020

My SAP HANA Review

Filippo Orlando | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

SAP HANA, enterprise edition

Overall Satisfaction with SAP HANA

We have faced the transition for the change to the new ERP and all the structures that support the analytical architecture is based on this tool. It therefore acts as a power base for all DWH, Cloud and DB. The versatility and performance it offers are undoubtedly adequate, the limit we have identified is linked to the lack of connectivity with non-SAP systems.

Pros

  • Benefit from a cloud-native solution that delivers scalability, speed, and flexibility, while eliminating information silos with a single instance of data.
  • The advantage of in-memory data platform that combines database, advanced analytics, data integration, and application services, it is certainly one of the strong points.
  • Deepen insights and situational awareness with broad, multimodal, and advanced analytics capabilities.

Cons

  • SAP HANA is only compatible to and thus will run only on SAP or SUSE Linux certified hardware. It creates an issue for all the users who want to run it on any other kind of hardware as prices of licensing are very high.
  • Due to frequent SPS releases and updates in the SAP HANA versions, the older version gets outdated very soon. And, it might trouble the user at times as they have to purchase the new update every time and updating is time-consuming.
  • Usually, developers who still continue with their old ways of working with database technologies, are not able to use SAP HANA to its full potential. They only use it as a fast in-memory database, while there are many other features and functionalities that SAP HANA provides.
  • SAP HANA provides real-time analysis and decision-making capability.
  • The in-memory database technology makes data processing and transactions very fast as the data stores in RAM.
  • You can store the business insights in a Persistent Data Repository and recover it from here in case of a system break down.
The choice of the SAP HANA solution was mainly determined by the choice of the new company ERP, which having been SAP, naturally led to the choice of its DB solution.
I believe that by balancing the pros and cons, albeit bound to the choice as mentioned above, the product offers good news and potential, albeit with the limits listed above.

Do you think SAP HANA Cloud delivers good value for the price?

No

Are you happy with SAP HANA Cloud's feature set?

Yes

Did SAP HANA Cloud live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of SAP HANA Cloud go as expected?

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

Would you buy SAP HANA Cloud again?

Yes

In addition to the points described in the previous parts of the review, I believe that as I gain more experience with the product over time, I will be able to better describe my experience with this tool. Meanwhile, I can confirm that the possibilities presented to my organization by the change to SAP HANA, at the moment, have been very important to evolve the analytical and strategic field towards a new path.
SAP HANA allows data to store and process in columns as well as rows in the database. Also, many operations can be parallelly processed in SAP HANA as opposed to only a single operation processing in the traditional database for executing one query. Thus, parallel processing increases the speed of operation manifold.

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