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August 2013, Volume 1, Number 4

ERP software migration and HANA: Tackling the questions

Attendees at SAP AG's SapphireNow conference in May heard about little else but HANA, the in-memory database platform unveiled three years ago. With so much of the company's R&D and marketing efforts focused on HANA, where does that leave the older, on-premises ERP systems that run most SAP customers' businesses? Where does HANA fit in SAP's ERP roadmap and, more important, the long-term plans of its customers? To hear SAP tell it, the ERP software migration to HANA is coming along nicely, thanks to the recent porting of the flagship, Business Suite. Consultants and analysts who are helping SAP users draft their HANA plans, and who admittedly have an interest in talking up the complexity without bashing SAP, describe a mosaic that weaves narrowly focused HANA analytics applications into hybrid on-premises and cloud ERP systems. That's hardly a wholesale move of Business Suite to HANA, but it is a major change, forcing SAP users to reassess their enterprise systems. "Clients are moving into HANA in small steps," said Nicola ...

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