SAP HANA acts as a hub for all SAP's products integration and business road map
July 06, 2021

SAP HANA acts as a hub for all SAP's products integration and business road map

Sanjiv Jain | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
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Software Version

SAP HANA, runtime edition

Overall Satisfaction with SAP HANA

We are using SAP HANA at the company level for all our business units, SAP HANA has helped us getting the SAP reporting performance increased by 10 times as compared to the old system. The database has enabled us to reduce the size by 1/2 as compared to previous versions of the Database.
  • With the upgrade to SAP HANA our database size reduced to 1/2
  • The Reports generation time has reduced to minutes from hours
  • The backup windows time has reduced drastically
  • SAP HANA server shut down abruptly at times of heavy data processing
  • Due to frequent SPS releases and updates in the SAP HANA versions Taking shutdown of production servers is an issue as you need to take the complete backup before any upgrade
  • SAP HANA is a costly investment due to hardware and OS compatability
  • ROI in terms of faster report generation can be calculated
  • With SAP HANA migration you need to invest again in the hardware both at primary and secondary sites
  • Some third party software's may not work after migration due architecture differences
We are still working on the real-time analytics, I feel with the SAP HANA database it should be much faster and easy for running the loads as it is an in-memory database so the IOPs will be less and the results will be fast. SAP HANA needs to give some workaround with old versions of applications for standard functionalities on data analytics.
With multiple data types, including relational, spatial, graph, JSON document store, and text it is easier to convert the old application to get the desired results when the legacy application architecture integration becomes an issue.
With the nature of embedding complex business logic that can be run in the database results in unnecessary data movement to and fro thus making the outputs faster and maintenance easier. Users can run the complex reports with iterations as and when required due to faster results using the SAP HANA database.
As users are comfortable using SAP HANA and now all solutions available with SAP HANA add-on modules the integration becomes much easier and cost effective else you need to have persons of different skill sets to maintain and operate the systems.
SAP HANA needs to improve on the SAP HANA support mechanism, as there are instances when one has to wait for solutions and support.

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Company's that have a plan to migrate to S/4 Hana for them SAP HANA is well suited as it is the foundation.
If the business does not have an urgent need for migration then it does not give you the benefit unless your hardware is due for a refresh as it needs complete new investment in hardware and old cannot be used even as a standby.