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Scenarios for Adding HANA to SAP Business Suite Landscapes

Companies can utilize several methods to integrate the power of SAP HANA into their existing SAP Business Suite environments. These methods can  range from simply adding a SAP HANA Live deployment in side-car mode to fully migrating their entire landscape to SAP HANA as the primary data store.

New SAP HANA Live for SAP Business Suite

The new SAP HANA Live for SAP Business Suite provides an  open environment that enables business users to perform operational analytics  and reporting on real-time SAP Business Suite transactional data. Based on analytical views in a virtual data model (VDM), SAP HANA Live provides users with new strategies to analyze operational data to build their own reports and documents. The current offering contains predefined analytical content for SAP Business Suite applications (e.g., SAP ERP,  SAP CRM). SAP  HANA Live  also serves as the foundation for a new class of analytic applications including SAP Working Capital Analytics, DSO scope; SAP Invoice and Goods Receipt Reconciliation; SAP Supply Chain Info Center; and SAP Access Control Role Analytics.

Please note: SAP HANA Live is available as a separate package for SAP  Business Suite.

SAP HANA Live provides the following benefits:

  • Views for easy analysis of SAP Business Suite data with SAP HANA
  • Open for a wide variety of reporting frontends
  • Maintained by SAP
  • Operational reporting based on real-time Business Suite data
  • Foundation for a new class of analytics applications

     The SAP Live enables you to efficiently build operational reporting on SAP Business Suite data. Going further, in spite of all these great capabilities, it does not make SAP BW obsolete, which remains SAP’s core enterprise datawarehouse for consolidating data from SAP and Non-SAP sources. Think of this new capability more as an upgrade or a real-time evolution of standard ABAP and ALV reports. It is basically a pipeline directly into the transactional tables under an SAP Business Suite system that allows  you to display real- time operational data in a very flexible and user-friendly format.

The SAP Business Suite application data models — enhanced for real-time data throughput and top performance in transactional scenarios — are optimized for analytic purposes using views in the SAP HANA database. These views form a virtual data model that customers and partners can reuse. Not only does this model benefit current users, but it serves as a foundation for future SAP analytic development.

Data provided by the virtual data model can be presented through multipurpose analytical UIs such as SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite UIs and domain-specific Web applications.

SAP HANA Live for SAP Business Suite provides the following advantages compared to regular reporting solutions:

  • Open

     Any access to the reporting framework is based on standard mechanisms such as SQL or MDX. No BW modeling or ABAP programming is required.

  • Uniform

     A single approach is chosen for all Suite applications, enabling a common reporting across application boundaries.

  • Intuitive

     The virtual data model will hide the complexity and customizing dependencies of our Suite data model to make data available without requiring users to possess a deep understanding of the various SAP models.

  • Fast

The suite features SAP HANA as the underlying computing engine, enabling fast analytics on high data volumes and high levels of data.

  • Real-time

     Because all reporting is based on primary data (or a real-time replication of it), there is no need to wait for data warehousing loading jobs to finish. Thus, the cycle time from recording to reporting is dramatically reduced.

The SAP HANA Live rapid-deployment solution enables real-time reporting on operational data from SAP Business Suite software.

The rapid-deployment solution provides prebuilt BI reports in the areas of finance, controlling, sales and distribution, governance, risk, and compliance, global trade services, customer relationship management, insurance, and more on SAP HANA.

SAP HANA Live rapid-deployment solution can be deployed on  SAP  Business Suite running directly on SAP HANA, but it is also possible to deploy it on a Business Suite system running on your existing database with data being replicated into a side by side HANA Appliance.

Additionally, customers and SAP partners can extend the solution through flexible HANA models and business intelligence reports

Real-Time Solutions powered by SAP HANA

SAP and its partners are delivering a new class of solutions on top of the SAP HANA platform that provide real-time insights on “Big Data” as well as state-of-the-art analysis such as machine learning, pattern recognition, and predictive capabilities. These solutions can help transform the way you run your business, from enabling rapid, sense-and-respond processes and targeted actions, to even rethinking business models in your industry. Furthermore, you can continue to utilize the SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) component — also powered by SAP HANA — as your enterprise data warehouse.

SAP HANA apps can also help customers extend their SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA investments by providing them with a wide array of complementary use cases beyond their traditional business processes. They also provide a low risk, low cost opportunity for customers to test the SAP HANA Platform with tried and tested applications that solve specific industry business problems.

From a business value perspective, there are 3 broad categories of In memory based application that are available today from SAP.

1.    Customer Engagement Applications

First and foremost there are the Customer Engagement Applications categories. These are the applications that help our customers build personalized 1-on-1 sales and marketing engagements with their customers and do things like run targeted and personalized marketing campaigns and deliver automated selling recommendations to their Sales Force.

These Customer Engagement applications  can also help you understand  the present and future value of your customers and be able to segment and stratify them into core, opportunistic, marginal and service drain customers and develop distinct and targeted sales and marketing strategies for each of them. This was not possible in the past because customers could only rely on Revenue and Margin numbers to analyze their customers. But with SAP HANA, you can now look into the full picture and bring in other factors like cost to serve, order frequency, loyalty, and buying power into the equation, all based on real time information.

SAP Customer Value Intelligence

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SAP Account Intelligence

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2. Sense and Response Applications

The second category is Sense and Response Applications. These are apps that are built around helping customers’ capture and analyze large amounts  of both external and internal data to help them detect hidden trends and capture deviations and respond to market changes in real time.

One example in this category of applications is SAP Demand Signal Management which helps Manufacturing companies in Consumer Products, High Tech, and Automotive industries enterprise their downstream market and demand data-like Point of Sale data, syndicated data and social media data — to develop a consolidated view of market demand information that they can then leverage across their organization whether that is in Sales, Marketing or Supply Chain to optimize trade promotions, and inventory planning and launch new products.

So if you are a Consumer Product company for example running a trade promotion instead of waiting for weeks after the trade promotion is over    to understand how it performed in the market you can do that today in near real time by accessing and analyzing Point of Sale data directly from your retailers and understanding how your products are performing on the retail shelves, which retailers are complying with your promotions and detecting critical issues like out of stock to reduce lost sales.

SAP Demand Signal Management powered by SAP HANA

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3. Planning and Business Optimization Apps

Finally there are Planning and Business Optimization Apps, which are applications that leverage the Planning and Calculation Engine and Simulation capabilities in the SAP HANA platform to help companies leverage their big data to do things like better forecast their cash flows, manage their liquidity risk and optimize their working capital.

One example of application in this category is SAP Liquidity Risk Management which helps banks manage their liquidity risk in real time. One of the problems that large banks face today is that they execute millions of cash transactions each day in different countries, with different currencies and across  different  and complex  financial products.  Building a  solid real  time understanding of their liquidity becomes a huge challenge when operating in such an environment. Adding to that challenge there are new and stricter regulatory requirements that are being put into place after the recent financial meltdown that require banks not just to report on specific liquidity metrics but also to simulate these results based on different future economic stress scenarios. SAP HANA allows banks to consolidate  large  numbers  of cash flows and run stress simulations so they can get a better understating of their liquidity risk profile.

SAP Liquidity Risk Management

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Another example in this category is SAP Fraud Management. It’s estimated that trillions of dollars are lost every year by governments and corporations in fraud abuses. SAP Fraud Management uses the power of the SAP HANA platform to detect, investigate and prevent fraud. The application helps minimize false positive signals through real-time calibration and simulation capabilities on very large volumes of data. With that, the workload (and cost) of the investigation team can be significantly reduced. For instance, the user can run simulations by testing fraud detection criteria, to determine the right level of severity and avoid excessive load of false positives to be sent to the fraud investigation team. In addition by combining rules and predictive methods SAP Fraud Management users can optimize fraud scenario   analysis, and adapt measures to changing fraud patterns to better prevent fraud situations from happening.

SAP Fraud Management powered by SAP HANA

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Below are a few more examples of new and existing SAP applications that are now powered by SAP HANA.

SAP BW powered by SAP HANA

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Want a super-charged data warehouse?

SAP Predictive Analysis powered by SAP HANA

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Real-time,  in-memory   predictive  and   next-generation   visualization  and modeling

SAP Visual Intelligence with SAP HANA

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Gather, analyze, and present the facts to solve your most pressing business questions.

SAP Sales and Operations Planning

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Integrated business planning to align your business to profitably meet future demand

SAP  Collections Insight

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Turn revenue into cash faster with real-time mobile collaboration tools and collections information.

SAP Accelerated Trade Promotion Planning

Maximize trade with deeper and faster trade promotion planning

SAP Invoice Receipts and Goods Receipts

Accelerate your financial close while ensuring compliance with your corporate rules

SAP Working Capital Analytics

Monitor and analyze your Days Sales Outstanding in real time

SAP Supply Chain Info Centre

Fully exploit your Demand and Supply Planning data for better decision making,


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