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Business Objects or HANA? A guide to SAP analytics environments

Last updated:September 2013

Editor's note

The first step for a company looking to analyze data so it can make better business decisions is to establish a goal for how the analytics will be used. Once a goal is set, the company can then figure out the process it will take to get there and which tools will make the journey fast and easy. SAP has two major programs -- HANA and BusinessObjects -- that meet that criterion. But which one is right for your company?

SAP BusinessObjects BI (also known as BOor BOBJ) is a suite of front-end applications that allow business users to view, sort and analyze business intelligence data. High-Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA) is a platform for processing high volumes of operational and transactional data in real time. But do you really have to choose between the two?

Perhaps not. SAP also offers HANA-ready BusinessObjects Predictive Analytics. The software is available as a standalone application or in conjunction with the SAP HANA platform, and allows customers to perform forecasting functions on large data sets.

Read this guide to discover which analytics tool best fits your organization's needs, and see what other trends and innovations SAP is working on for the future.

1SAP HANA and the power of real time

Many companies choose to adopt SAP HANA to process high volumes of operational and transactional data in real time. And, according to some experts, SAP HANA has established itself as a baseline for further innovation. But does it have the other functions you're looking for? Read on to see if SAP HANA is right for your organization, find tips on adoption and implementation, and discover what future innovations SAP HANA may inspire in the future.

2Case studies in SAP BusinessObjects and SAP HANA

Even with all the information out there about SAP BusinessObjects and SAP HANA, it can still be overwhelming to know which direction to take. Sometimes it's best to hear it straight from the horse's mouth: Read on for some real-world examples of companies that have already adopted and implemented SAP BusinessObjects or SAP HANA. Find out how they approached the decision and made their final choices, as well as how they feel about their chosen platform.

3SAP BusinessObjects and HANA definitions

The amount of information on SAP BusinessObjects and SAP HANA can be confusing. Read on for some important definitions to help you understand the key platforms, terms and technologies.

4Hear what's next for SAP HANA

What do the experts have to say about SAP HANA? Watch as Henry Morris, IDC's senior vice president for worldwide software and services research, and Joshua Greenbaum, president of Enterprise Applications Consulting, give their views on HANA in-memory technology and cloud tools and what they think future innovations will bring for HANA users.

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