SAP HANA Review

Provides us with predictive capabilities for asset maintenance, and real-time forecasts


How has it helped my organization?

Provides us with predictive capabilities for asset maintenance and real-time forecasts.

What is most valuable?

Real-time database, near zero downtime for production business.

What needs improvement?

Graphical programming without coding.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

System recovery in version 1.0 failed due to corrupt log files. Version 2.0 is stable now.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Should have scalibity from terabytes to petabytes/zetabytes/yotabytes for both scale-up and scale-out, multi-tenancy approach.

How is customer service and technical support?

Excellent.

How was the initial setup?

Gradual deployment from straightforward to complex, on-premise and then to cloud platform.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Set up a consortium of consulting partners and hardware vendors to define your tech. Landscape TCO (total cost of ownership) and then approach the OEM for pricing (on-premise or on cloud or a hybrid model).

Check if you can bring your own licenses for some of the existing application licenses on the new platform, to reduce TCO.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Product was the first of its kind for us. However, we later evaluated other products: Oracle Exadata, Exalytics, Teradata, Hadoop, MongoDB.

What other advice do I have?

  • Check out the cloud option to reduce your initial cost of deploying the dev/test system.
  • Strategize on side car approach, remember to try out the best practice model company to get look and feel for your business users.
  • Maintain non-disruptive approach while migrating via demo. 
  • Try out the rapid deployment solutions (RDS) for industry-specific modules.
  • Start end-user training/simulations early on to reduce pushback.
  • Split go-live into two (technical go-live and then business go-live) to maintain stage-wise roll-out.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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