What is our primary use case?
I have an analytics background and I perform work for my clients using this product.
There are many use case for HANA cloud, One of them is a type of Data Mart, and my clients use it when they don't want to invest in a complete data warehousing solution. A data warehouse would be expensive, and using this product will offer them that type of functionality.
For example, if there are customers and they only have a requirement for few reports, they don't have to invest in bigger data warehouse products like SAP BW. That would be a considerable and expensive investment. Instead, the SAP HANA Cloud would be a better choice because since it is much cheaper than the other options. Please note it is not replacement for BW or any data warehouse.
How has it helped my organization?
There are many applications for HANA cloud. One of them, can act as Data Mart, this solution is useful if you're looking for a set of reports that need to be done, and you don't have a data warehouse, one can bring all the data from different sources model them in HANA cloud and expose them to SAP Analytics cloud to build an end to end solution.
What is most valuable?
The most valuable feature is virtual modeling, which is beneficial because you don't really save the data multiple times the way we did in the past. If you want to make changes to the logic, you can change it virtually and it does not affect the data that has been stored. It's on the fly, so if you want to change something then it does not much affect the existing object.
There is functionality included for predictive analytics.
For merging and massaging data, this can be an option.
What needs improvement?
The over product features are good to start with, currently it may not have all the features of the on premise HANA solution and over the period of time , SAP will add additional features as needed.
For how long have I used the solution?
I have been using the HANA Cloud for six months.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
Since this product is on cloud, it can be extended any time.
How are customer service and technical support?
The SAP technical support is Good. It can definitely be improved.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup for HANA Cloud is very straightforward, but connectivity to other systems are challenging and initially it may take some time to understand and needs good amount of time .
What was our ROI?
HANA cloud is not like customer has to buy the high priced hardware, they can initially try how it suits to their organization for small price and once done they can go for longer contracts.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
The licensing fees for this product depend on what you pick. If you choose the minimum, it will probably cost around $1,500 USD per month if you take a contract for a year or two, it will go down If you buy in bulk, there will be a larger discount.
What other advice do I have?
It is important to remember that this product is not a replacement for a data warehouse. We can use this as a Data mart/data lake.
It does have additional features such as predictive analytics but again, it is not meant to replace the data warehouse.
This is a product that I recommend for others. It is powerful, without a doubt. In time, I think that it will be mature enough to handle more situations.
I would rate this solution a eight out of ten.