Key differentiators of SAP HANA

Wondering why SAP HANA is such ground-shaking technology? What are the key advantages of SAP HANA over disk-based database solutions? Well, there are quite a few technical differences between databases that were designed to be stored on a disk versus one that was built to be entirely resident in-memory, as per the SAP HANA Essentials e-book. Here is a brief summary of some of the key advantages of SAP HANA over its disk-based cousins. Continue reading “Key differentiators of SAP HANA”

ABAP for HANA – Strategy and Roadmap

With the rise of key technology trends like Cloud, Mobile, and In-Memory you may start to wonder how these affect the good old ABAP Application Server (AS). A recently published document describes SAP’s vision, strategy, development, and commitment to enable ABAP for SAP HANA. It addresses the following questions:

  • What ABAP support do customers and partners get with regard to the technology trends?
  • How does the AS ABAP help to leverage the benefits of the technology trends?
  • What is the impact on customer-specific developments (existing ones, new ones)?

In essence, SAP has started improving the AS ABAP in a step-by-step approach:

  •  Step1 – “ABAP can access SAP HANA”: ABAP-based applications can use the SAP HANA database as secondary persistence (side-by-side scenarios)
  • Step 2 – “ABAP runs on SAP HANA”: ABAP-based applications can use the SAP HANA database as primary persistence (analytical use-cases)
  • Step 3 – “ABAP optimized for SAP HANA”: the optimization of ABAP-based applications for the SAP HANA database is actively facilitated by the AS ABAP (transactional/hybrid use cases)

The new enhancement package to optimize ABAP for SAP HANA is planned to be available to first customers and partners by the end of 2012. Standard availability is planned for 2013. SAP intends to invest in ABAP technology beyond 2013. This means that SAP plans to continuously update the AS ABAP which might involve the deprecation of some selected functions.

– Mendel

ENSEAD Advisory selected reading – June 2012

Dear Senior and Executive Management in Enterprise IT and staff,

There’s no need to deny it, you are flooded with information. Before you’ve evaluated the one hype, the next buzz word is already dominating your tag cloud and screaming for attention all over your screen. To relieve this burden a bit ENSEAD Advisory started to share a selection of noteworthy reading for you through Facebook.

Topics all relate to the IT Supply side – mainly SAP – and range from planning and preparing for projects and programmes with an IT element; via their inception to the phase out of the delivered IT solution. In other words, topics span across the entire lifecycle of IT solutions. To make it even more compact for you, here’s a summary of topics and items and comments ENSEAD shared with you during June!

Gartner says worldwide spending on Enterprise Application software [Enterprise IT] is expected to increase 4.5 percent in 2012. That’s excellent news for (SAP) Enterprise Architects!  Because what every great architect should understand is that if you don’t get it built, your work doesn’t matter – as per the words of marketing guru Seth Godin.

Gartner even has more encouraging news for senior IT staff. “In spite of clouds and outsourcing, the need for a smart internal group that helps a business explore, define and exploit technology enabled change opportunities will not disappear.” How else can businesses survive this age of “Continual Enterprise Transformation”, as ENSEAD Advisory likes to call it? Happy to help here by the way: this is the core business of ENSEAD Advisory (next to turning opportunities into tangible solutions).

Enterprise IT Applications are sourced more and more as-a-service these days, delivered from the internet (yep, aka cloud-based solutions). Contracts with well-defined and transparent Service Level Agreements are not market standard yet, Gartner seems to say. The debate about what went wrong (and who is to blame) around cloud outages, happens mainly through public interviews, blogs and articles. It seems that when something goes really wrong, transparency quickly becomes the norm again.

Good news for SAP: they celebrate the one-year anniversary of SAP HANA. Reason for a party: SAP’s combination of SAP Sybase ASE, SAP Sybase IQ, SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere and SAP HANA revenue enabled SAP to secure fourth place in global market share, says IDC. ENSEAD Advisory was one of the first to share the news on the SAP HANA Essentials e-book, which causes traffic to the ENSEAD Advisory site to explode… The Newsletter from the Business Process Experts Community also starts with SAP HANA but also features an article on Enterprise Mobility, as well as on when to use PI, BPM and Business (ABAP) Workflow.

– Mendel

SAP update June 2012

SAP StreamWork analyses collaborative decision-making with strong visualization and use of data held in the SAP HANA memory store, in addition to other sources. SAP Cloud Strategy will be based on its acquired SuccessFactors business, which will be built up into a new global business unit with initially 5000 staff and launch a complete range of business apps starting with a version of SAP Payroll. SAP Visual Intelligence introduces a new generation of Business Intelligence based on HANA that allows users to ask ad hoc questions across the content held in HANA with no predefined structure. SAP ERP applications will be re-engineered to run on HANA with the claim that transactional operation can be made on HANA databases and the resulting data made useable for all types of business intelligence purposes according to direction announcements at SAP SAPPHIRE event. SAP is to acquire Ariba, a long established ecommerce services provider, to add to its new ‘Cloud services’ based business unit.

SAP HANA Essentials e-book now available for free

SAP HANAEssentials e-bookThe new SAP HANA Essentials e-book by Jeffrey Word is being published intermittently. The first version is now available free of charge and contains a good overview with customer success stories and use cases, an overview of hardware vendors and their solutions, as well as a chapter on implementation projects . A bit annoying is the hammering all the time on selecting the right consulting partner. Expected around fall 2012 are the chapters on SAP HANA Architecture, Business Cases & ROI Model, SAP HANA Applications, SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse on SAP, Data Provisioning with SAP HANA, Data Modeling with SAP HANA, Application Development with SAP HANA, SAP HANA Administration & Operations, and SAP HANA Resources.

– Mendel

A BPMN process modelling tool for free – from SAP. The catch?

A BPMN process modelling tool from SAP for free. Where’s the catch? Well, you need to pay if you want to:

  • Create  an organization to easily manage users and company activities
  • Integrate with enterprise solutions
  • Add advanced security
  • Provide single sign-on
  • Set password restrictions
  • Automatically add or remove users via Active Directory or LDAP
  • Set data retention rules
  • Audit activities and content
  • Add confidentiality labels to content
  • Extend profiles and define relationships
  • Customize branding elements

But hey, worth checking it out I guess!

SAP update May 2012

Here’s brief overview of what is happening in SAP land: SAP Predictive Analytics update to the BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform uses data uploaded into HANA to add new prediction capabilities. SAP is to acquire Syclo a mobility vendor and integrate its products into the existing SAP platform based on Sybase. SAP makes a change in its database strategy, instead of keeping Sybase IQ, Sybase ASE and SAP HANA as separate databases, SAP will now be integrating all three to create a single data base able to manage structured transactional data and unstructured ‘Big Data’.

COBIT version 5 has arrived

COBIT version 5 has arrived. COBIT 5 builds and expands on COBIT 4.1 by integrating other major frameworks, standards and resources. COBIT is a framework for the governance and management of enterprise IT. In the opinion of ENSEAD Advisory, ArchitectedERP complements COBIT with lots of other aspects of Continual Enterprise Transformation

SAP RUN world-class – 14 organizational design principles

In practice, many businesses running SAP struggle with finding the optimal balance between systems adaptability with systems stability. The SAP department often is predominantly focused on servicing and operating the existing ‘live’ SAP estate rather than on catalyzing business growth. The SAP department even not rarely is perceived to be a road block, an obstacle to swiftly adapting systems functionality to changed business circumstances. Businesses thus on the one hand require stable systems to support executing their business processes. On the other, they want their systems functionality to be changed in like the blink of an eye. One to chew on, huh? Well, one of the answers can be found in properly organizing for this. Continue reading “SAP RUN world-class – 14 organizational design principles”

Happy New Year’s 2012!

2011 saw the start of ENSEAD Advisory. It’s mission is  – and will continue to be – to keep your SAP solution lifecycle as simple as possible, now and in future;
but no simpler than that. Impossible? That’s just an opinion! Isn’t that just
a great new year’s resolution?

Happy holidays and all the best wishes on your business and personal resolutions and chang(c)es, whatever they may be!

– Mendel

Proudly introducing: ENSEAD!

Per 1st July 2011, ENSEAD came to live as a company dedicated to supporting clients in getting and staying in control of their ever-evolving SAP lifecycle. The core competencies are in Enterprise & IT Architecture as well as Project and Interim Management.