SAP SE today announced SAP HANA Vora™ software, a new in-memory computing innovation for Hadoop and new capabilities planned for SAP HANA® Cloud Platform. These new offerings from SAP intend to help companies simplify how their businesses will run in the digital world. It is planned to be released to customers in late September; a cloud-based developer edition is planned to be available at the same time.
“We realized that lack of contextual relevance was a hindrance when it came to enhancing business agility and scalability in the digitization process. We have addressed this need by launching SAP HANA Vora designed to help businesses succeed in their quest to have contextual awareness in a hyper-connected era. With capabilities of SAP HANA Cloud Platform, we aim to make our customers leaders in the digital economy” said Mr. Greg McStravick, Global head of Database & Technology, SAP SE.
As companies take part in their digital transformation journey, they face complex hurdles in dealing with distributed Big Data everywhere, compounded by the lack of business process awareness across enterprise apps, analytics, Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT) sources. SAP HANA Vora is a new in-memory query engine that leverages and extendsthe Apache Spark execution framework to provide enriched interactive analytics on Hadoop. It helps to extend in-memory computing innovation from SAP to distributed data, and provides OLAP-like analytics with a business semantic understanding of data in and around the Hadoop ecosystem, helping companies enhance their decision-making with full understanding of their business activities in context. Data access also can become democratized for data scientists and developers, making it easier to mashup corporate and Hadoop data together to discover answers to unknown questions.
SAP HANA Vora is planned to help benefit customers in various industries where highly interactive Big Data analytics in business process context is paramount, such as financial services, telecommunications, healthcare and manufacturing.
Operational points where SAP HANA Vora can potentially benefit customers include:
- Mitigate risk and fraud by detecting new anomalies in financial transactions and customer history data
- Optimize telecommunication bandwidth by analyzing traffic patterns to help avoid network bottlenecks and improve network quality of service (QoS).
- Deliver preventive maintenance and improve product re-call process by analyzing bill-of-material, services records and sensor data together
SAP HANA Cloud Platform enables rapid application development and extensibility for Software as Service (SaaS) as well as on premise applications. SAP also plans to expand SAP HANA Cloud Platform’s ability to power digital transformation, collaboration and application development while improving time to value with more pre-delivered business apps. Highlights include:
- Enhanced digital connectivity:Companies can go from sensor to action with SAP HANA Cloud Platform for the IoT, generally available starting in late September. With the services, customers and partners can add device management, device data connectivity and bi-directional device data synchronization capabilities. Additionally, SAP® API Management technology powers and manages secure, enterprise-grade API connections to any SAP or non-SAP application. Leveraging both with SAP HANA Cloud Platform, customers can connect edge devices to business action, build extended business networks and share digital assets.
- Enhanced collaboration:New work patterns for the SAP Jam™ social software platform, available now, enable developers to build better, more collaborative apps quickly and easily with in-context information to get work done. Additionally, the new cloud trial of SAP HANA Cloud Platform gamification services aims to allow developers to quickly incorporate game concepts into new and existing applications with a workbench, software development kits (SDKs) and widgets.
- Enhanced mobile security: With the addition of SAP Mobile Secure solutions and mobile app protection, enterprises can now deploy a more secure mobile environment. These capabilities help enterprises simplify the security and management of mobile devices and applications, including application management and remote locking, as well as wiping of managed devices. Additionally, customers can easily build, configure and distribute mobile apps to end-users in a streamlined workflow.
- Pre-delivered applications: With the new cloud trial of the SAP Fiori® user experience (UX), cloud edition, it is planned that users can leverage a set of SAP Fiori apps to connect with their own systems to try the new SAP Fiori UX or extend an existing SAP Fiori app or create a new SAP Fiori-like app.
- Business services: SAP is providing cloud trial access to business services, which aims to encapsulate best-practice business functions and expose these functions as APIs. These business services are intended to be quickly combined to create powerful, personalized cloud and mobile apps using SAP HANA Cloud Platform.
- SAP hybris® as a Service on SAP HANA Cloud Platform (public beta) plans to offer a wide range of diverse business developer services, starting with a new set of services that augment and enhance the SAP hybris front office, which aims to include products such as the SAP hybris Commerce and SAP hybris Marketing solutions and others. SAP hybris as a Service on SAP HANA Cloud Platform is planned to be open to developers, solution providers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and IT organizations for building their own business services and then offering them to customers or other developers.
- SAP tax calculation service (limited trial) intends to provide a tax determination and computation services as an API. This service also plans to offer global tax compliance by covering the legal aspects of tax computation for over 75 countries.