SAP Readies SAP HANA® Platform for Mission-Critical Applications in the Enterprise

   SAP Readies SAP HANA® Platform for Mission-Critical Applications in the

SAP HANA® to Converge Transactions, Analytics and Text Processing in One
Platform, Deliver Open Innovation With 150 Startups and Support for
Large-Scale Data Center Deployments

PR Newswire

MADRID, Nov. 14, 2012

MADRID, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced the
SAP HANA® platform support pack stack 5 (SPS5) to power mission-critical
transactional and analytical applications in one platform. SAP HANA will
further collapse the architectural layers between application and data
processing. It will converge database services for transaction, analytics,
text and predictive processing together with application services for the
application server, planning, rules and event stream processing within one
in-memory based architecture. SAP HANA SPS5 will also support large-scale data
center deployments with expanded support for high availability, disaster
recovery and security. In addition, SAP is aggressively fostering open
innovation with more than 150 startups delivering solutions on top of SAP HANA
as well as introducing a certification program planned to support
best-of-breed third-party business intelligence (BI), ETL and back-up/recovery
solutions. The announcement was made at SAPPHIRE® NOW + SAP® TechEd, being
held as a co-located event in Madrid from November 13-16.


"We made a bold commitment earlier this year to deliver mission-critical
applications on the SAP HANA platform and we have reached that goal with our
own CRM solution powered by SAP HANA," said Vishal Sikka, member of the SAP
Executive Board, Technology & Innovation. "Besides SAP solutions, we're also
seeing groundbreaking innovations from over 150 startups and partners building
purposeful big data solutions on top of the SAP HANA platform."

SAP HANA SPS5 to Collapse Layers to Enable Real-Time Enterprise
New features in SAP HANA will help further eliminate the inherent latency and
complexity that exist in today's application architecture. Converging data and
application processing all within one in-memory platform architecture will
help companies gain insight in real time. Key features in SAP HANA will

  oSingle environment for transactional (OLTP) and analytical (OLAP) data
    processing: SAP HANA will be both a read-optimized column store ideally
    suited for OLAP applications and a write-optimized row store suited for
    OLTP applications, such as the SAP® 360 Customer solution.
  oNatural language-based text analytics: By expanding advanced text search
    with natural language processing, organizations will be able to process
    text and social sentiment data within SAP HANA to filter files, identify
    entities and analyze sentiment across 31 languages.
  oExpanding predictive analytics for SAP HANA: SAP HANA will continue to
    expand on embedded predictive algorithms to enable enterprises to perform
    segmentation and clustering analyses to identify and retain profitable
    customers, improve upsell opportunities and detect fraud. New predictive
    analysis library functions for SAP HANA SPS5 will include classification,
    clustering, outlier detection and data preparation algorithms. In
    addition, SAP HANA will also support predictive model markup language
    (PMML) for the integration and sharing of predictive models. The
    additional native predictive functions within the in-memory SAP HANA
    database engine will allow developers, partners and customers to continue
    developing powerful and fast predictive applications on the platform.
  oExpanding extended application services for SAP HANA: New extended
    application services in SAP HANA will deliver native application server
    capabilities as a service to help developers quickly develop and deploy 2
    and 2½ tier applications directly within the SAP HANA platform using
    HTLM5, Javascript, SQLScript, XML/A, JSON and ODATA. Additionally, these
    services can be exposed for consumption by device-based applications or by
    other application servers.

       oEnhanced business rules management: Business rules management in SAP
         HANA will be a core component of the extended application services
         built into SAP HANA. This will empower developers to easily add
         business rules to their applications without embedding these directly
         within software codes. These rules are designed to be easily
         maintained by end users without writing code and through a simple
         intuitive interface. It will have the ability to simulate, mine for
         trends and patterns and modify physical data based on actions.
       oApplication functional library framework: Developers can easily
         access embedded algorithms and business functions through extended
         application service capabilities via SQLScript or JavaScript. This
         new level of support will make it easier for developers to build
         applications that embed advanced analytics.

Additional SAP Real-Time Data Platform Features in Support of SAP HANA
In addition to delivering SAP HANA SPS5, the flagship in-memory solution
within the SAP real-time data platform, SAP also plans to add real-time stream
data processing and enhanced enterprise information management (EIM)
capabilities to the SAP HANA platform to further consolidate data processing
and deliver real-time and accurate insights.

  oReal-time stream data processing support: High velocity, streaming data
    typically produced by machines, financial exchanges and massive
    websiteswill be able to be processed in real time using SAP® Sybase®
    Event Stream Processor (SAP Sybase ESP), enabling organizations to
    identify significant events that impact business. Organizations will be
    able to efficiently store events identified by SAP Sybase ESP directly
    into SAP HANA in high speed for storage and further analysis.
    Additionally, SAP Sybase ESP will be able to take advantage of the
    real-time analytic features of SAP HANA to evaluate complex decisions
    based on deep multi-sourced data in SAP HANA.
  oCommon modeling environment across data stores via SAP® Sybase®
    PowerDesigner, is intended to enable organizations to develop a logical
    information view regardless of where data is stored.
  oHigh-performance bulk loading of data into SAP HANA or SAP Sybase IQ from
    a variety of new data sources including Hadoop via SAP® Data Services
    software is planned to be available.
  oEnhanced data profiling user interface is planned to enable business users
    to manage metadata as business terms, monitor data quality scorecards and
    identify data quality issues across the enterprise — no matter where the
    data resides — via SAP® Information Steward software.

SAP HANA Platform for Large-Scale Data Center Deployment
With SAP HANA SPS5, SAP plans to expand support for SAP HANA deployments in
enterprise data centers for 24/7 operation. High availability of SAP HANA with
hot and warm standby servers is planned to be added. Integrations to
third-party backup tools are intended to be expanded to deliver synchronized
backup for improved disaster tolerance, with the option to fail over to a
remote data center. Security enhancements such as encryption to protect data
at rest and enhanced authentication, access authorization and audit logging
capabilities are also planned to be included.

To help lower the cost of SAP HANA deployment, multiple instances of the SAP
HANA database are intended to be deployed in single SAP HANA appliance for
development, testing and sandboxing use.

To illustrate the readiness of SAP HANA for large scale-out deployment, SAP
has published a white paper, "SAP HANA One Petabyte Performance," which
details the performance of SAP HANA conducting queries against 1 petabyte of
enterprise data containing 10 years of transactional history holding 1.2
trillion records.

SAP HANA Platform Fosters Open Ecosystem Co-Innovation
The partner ecosystem for SAP HANA continues to expand, with more than 150
startups now in the SAP Startup Focus program and eight independent software
vendors (ISVs) building innovation on the SAP HANA platform. SAP is also
introducing additional third-party certification programs to foster BI, ETL
and back-up tools to integrate with SAP HANA in order to provide wider user
enablement, data sourcing and reuse of existing investments. This program will
help ensure that the third-party tools adhere to the SAP HANA connectivity,
security, supported structure requirements and take advantage of innovative
functionalities for SAP HANA. In addition, client interfaces such as ODBC and
JDBC will be open for customers and partners to create applications and
solutions on SAP HANA.

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