SAP reveals road map details for its HANA in-memory platform

Future planned improvements focus on Hadoop integration, virtualization and security

By , IDG News Service |  Software

When fleet management services provider Automotive Resources International decided to overhaul its aging data warehouse environment, it went with HANA, said Bill Powell, head of information management, in a recent interview.

ARI is not an SAP ERP (enterprise resource planning) shop, but had been using its Business Objects BI (business intelligence) software on top of an Oracle-based infrastructure, he said. It evaluated several platforms for the upgrade, Oracle and IBM's Netezza, but "for our requirements and use cases HANA was the right fit," he said.

SAP has said HANA provides major and in many cases staggering improvements in performance over other types of systems.

But speed alone isn't enough, and customers considering a move over to HANA have some considerations to make, Powell said.

"First and foremost make sure you invest in a formalized [enterprise information management] process," he said. "Understand that it's not just inject HANA and solve all the world's problems." Without closely aligning a HANA project with what the business needs, "the only thing you're going to do is provide bad information really fast," he added.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

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