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.
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:
The SAP Live enables you to eficiently 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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Below are a few more examples of new and existing SAP applications that are now powered by SAP HANA.
Want a super-charged data warehouse?
Real-time, in-memory predictive and next-generation visualization and modeling
Gather, analyze, and present the facts to solve your most pressing business questions.
Integrated business planning to align your business to profitably meet future demand
Turn revenue into cash faster with real-time mobile collaboration tools and collections information.
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.