HANA is a new platform by software giant SAP which has transformed the functioning of the database industry. It is able to combine application platform capabilities, data processing and databases into a single memory platform. Due to this compact package, applications and analytics can be recalculated without any information latency. More information about the architecture and technical functionalities needed to work on this platform can be obtained from a HANA training course.
Uses of HANA
Data analysts can query huge volumes of data in real-time with SAP HANA. Its in-memory database infrastructure prevents analysts from needing to load or write-back data. HANA has a column-based data store which is capable of supporting SQL and multi-dimensional expression (MDX). It comes with a programming component that permits an organisation’s IT department to be able to run customised programs above HANA, along with several predictive and text analytics libraries across a number of data sources.
How HANA is available for organisations?
One of the ways to use it is to have the platform deployed as an appliance at the work site. HANA can also be purchased as a cloud or hybrid cloud service. SAP HANA was earlier called as SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance.
Data Provisioning in SAP HANA
SAP HANA is available in three versions:
Platform- It is intended for customers in possession of ETL licenses.
Enterprise- This comes with the SLT replication server and SAP business objects data services.
Extended- Enterprise + Sybase
Data provisioning is the technique to transfer data from non SAP/SAP systems into SAP HANA. It is done using the following four methods:
SAP LT replication server– This device is meant for real-time data replication from SAP as well as non-SAP sources (those which are SAP supported databases only). It is recommended for the real time data application business scenario.
SAP Data Services– These are positioned to handle batch load-based data replication using non-SAP sources and SAP sources (Only SAP-supported databases). SAP recommends them for batch type data replication scenarios.
SAP HANA Direct Extractor Connection (DXC)– DXC can be considered as a simple option in batch mode for data replication. This will be from current SAP Data Source extractors (ERP) into SAP HANA. It is ideal for batch type data replication in standalone business scenarios of HANA.
Other Data Provisioning options– Sybase Event Stream Processor (ESP) can transfer real time event streams from Sybase ESP into SAP HANA.
Future of Data Provisioning- loT applications
Applications that harness data flows can transform the way we live and conduct business. loT applications, based on SAP HANA data provisioning, will be able to create unprecedented offers and services, innovative business models and more business opportunities. An example of this is real time fleet management through sensors.
Data provisioning is the product of digitisation. As we delve into the future, the scope for it will keep moving up.