HANA Spatial is Special!
April 22, 2022

HANA Spatial is Special!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

SAP HANA, standard edition

Overall Satisfaction with SAP HANA

It is used as a spatial data warehouse and spatial analysis tool.
  • Fast execution of spatial queries
  • Simplified management of spatial data
  • Pre-integrated connectivity to other SAP and third party products
  • Image processing and analysis
  • Support for more spatial data formats in ETL processes
  • More advanced spatial analysis tools
  • Consolidation or sometimes elimination of multiple spatial data management tools.
  • Enabled spatial analysis too impractical to perform on other platforms.
  • Pre-integration with other SAP and non-SAP tools improves business processes
Integration with IoT data has resulted in real-time situational analysis
EAM analytics have helped with planning and executing maintenance activities
Extremely important for bringing spatial data and analysis to business processes.
In addition to improving speed of calculation it helps standardize analytics and results across multiple teams.
Oracle and SQL Server, spatial. HANA is not as mature in some areas but since it supports over 80% of the use cases it makes sense to use it as the main spatial platform and use the others as sidecars where needed.
Outstanding online support and communities.

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Best suited for enterprise-scale spatial data management and analysis, where multiple spatial systems or databases exist in silos.
Too expensive for project level analysis and lacks advanced spatial analysis tools as well as support for more spatial data formats for ingestion.


1 - Consulting across multiple business functions and industries
1 - Some level of database knowledge for cloud, much more varied IT skills for on prem. Some level of SQL in both cases.
  • Consolidation of spatial data
  • Fast execution of spatial queries
  • Integration with other SAP products.
  • Running large spatial analysis tasks not practical on other platforms
  • Use for image analysis when fully supported
It is the best product for an SAP environment and often for non-SAP shops as well

Evaluating SAP HANA and Competitors

  • Product Features
  • Prior Experience with the Product
Been involved in HANA (spatial features) since its beginning.
I would start with the assumption that HANA is the standard and put the burden of proof on other platforms.

SAP HANA Implementation

Professional GIS people are some of the most risk-averse there are, and it's difficult to get them to move to HANA in one step. Start with small projects building to 80% use of HANA spatial over time.
Change management was a minor issue with the implementation - People are not comfortable with changing from something they know and poses no risk to something that is unfamiliar with risk. They must be converted by clearly demonstrating how their job will be easier and expanded.
  • Data quality issues discovered during migration
  • Re-building interfaces to legacy apps


Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
  • Formulating and running queries
  • Managing spatial data
  • Integration with other SAP and non-SAP products (Esri)
  • Getting spatial data into it
  • Geocoding
Well documented and good online training. Not a hard lift for someone with a basic knowledge of databases and SQL.