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Real User
Managing Director at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Sep 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most value for us was in terms of using it to issue tenders online. We host our server, but it is open to the public, so clients who want to buy those tenders were able to go online, put their tender documents up, and we could evaluate… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It helped us because some of the people who are busy supporting us are not local. We opened SAP HANA more for the management. We even got some tenders that we were able to submit documents online and sending it to our servers. The key value… more»

What needs improvement?

One is the menu. There is a part of the menu where the button should be "reject." The interface is a little bit hard to customize. You almost have to consult the SAP original developer to change it. Now we have to consult SAP just to do… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used another solution, but it was more of a client-oriented system, where you get developers to make and customize them for you. It's more local or in-house than regular IT systems. When you only have one company developer to make some… more»

What other advice do I have?

The main lesson is the importance of ERP capability, stability, and speed. The other lesson is about knowledge transfer because that is how you learn. At the end of the day, I like it because it's one of the affordable ERP systems. I would… more»
Ahmed_Adel
Real User
Solution Architect at SAFE-SAS
Jul 29 2019

What is most valuable?

It is a memory database that has all the content of the database. Once the database is turned on, it is loaded in the server RAM. It has a very huge bandwidth and data transfer. Once you try to do any queries against this database you can get the result very fast. You can get real-time output or… more»

What needs improvement?

From the deployment-side, I don't have any issues with the solution and haven't heard of any problems from clients. The solution is very expensive, however. The pricing depends on the number of users and many other factors that affect licensing.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Before using SAP HANA, we used other SAP products.

What other advice do I have?

The SAP portfolio is huge. It covers all industries and fields. It is very wide horizontally or vertically. It has modules for all industries, fields, and for all departments: accounts, HR, production, they have a solution for each industry and for each department in any organization. There are some… more»
TestManager9901
Real User
Test Manager (global) at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 28 2019

What needs improvement?

In terms of improvement, the speed is not as good as we thought it would be. That is why we are trying different solutions that will be built with different technologies. Also, the cost is an issue. SAP HANA is extremely expensive, especially in the cloud. Right now that has changed because you can actually purchase modules of that size but, for example, two years ago when we had a database of 10 terabytes, then we would have to purchase the hardware on our own and then put it in the cloud foreign location of the vendor. It runs on our own software that we have purchased. It's just placed in… more»

What other advice do I have?

We're moving away from HANA and currently implementing a new solution which is not yet productive. Only the first part of it has become productive and I can't really say whether it's better or worse. During testing, we can see it's faster than HANA and provides the same data which is promising. I would restrain myself from providing any recommendations because that might give a false impression. I would not recommend SAP HANA because it has some issues with the speed and scalability of the size. It's also extremely expensive. It's probably the most expensive solution of all and you could… more»
Consultant
SAP Consultant at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 30 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution is very fast.

What needs improvement?

The backup solution and time machine should be more accurate, reliable, and comfortable to use. The inclusion of a well-performing Time Machine is vital. If the interface were more comfortable and easy to use then it would be excellent. Sometimes, an incorrect request is taken to production and it… more»

What other advice do I have?

We do not use the HANA features, for example, embedded scripts. This is something that we may use in the future. My advice to anybody looking to implement a relational database is to use Oracle, rather than HANA. HANA consultants are very rare and therefore costly. My testing has also shown that… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have more than nineteen years of experience with the Oracle database, from version 7.2 through to RAC. I know the administration, as well as backup and recovery very well. There are not many differences between Oracle and HANA. As an example, for transactional purposes, it is very similar to… more»
Consultant
Consultant at a mining and metals company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Oct 14 2019

What is most valuable?

The speed of the solution, and the clarity offered are the solution's most valuable features. The functionality is of the solution is very good.

What needs improvement?

The challenge right now is all databases are on S4 HANA architecture. You're running it for HANA, but not all the functionalities are available. If they can speed up getting all the databases on S4 HANA that would help.

What other advice do I have?

I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. Right now, they say the solution is S4 HANA, but, not everything on there is S4 HANA, so it is kind of confusing that they say that they're moving us to S4 HANA, but we are not really on it. Because of that, we're not 100% happy. Once everything is properly moved over, it might be better.
RamyShaaban
Real User
Section Head at a energy/utilities company
Sep 24 2019

What is most valuable?

Integration is the most valuable feature we use SAP HANA for.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution did improve my organization. We had some changes to better our organization, especially in the procurement process. Here in the Middle East, we have some processes that are not according to standard business processes. Through our change management processes, we had to re-change or… more»

What needs improvement?

FI, or the financial module of SAP, has room for improvement. It has to have some better localization for the Middle East, especially in regards to taxes and the letter of a credit cycle. I would like to see better localization from the HCM.

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson learned was that we started late. We all should have started earlier. Out of ten, I would rate this solution as eleven.
Param T
Real User
SAP Enterprise Solution Architect at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Apr 10 2018

What is most valuable?

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

How has it helped my organization?

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

What needs improvement?

Graphical programming without coding.

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… more»

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… more»

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.
Consultant
Consultant Application Manager at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Oct 18 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the unique style of this solution, on the performance side and then the data. The data storage requirement is reduced from the original database to the HANA database. Previously the data takes 100% storage space, but when moved to HANA, the data was 70% to 75%. The data… more»

What needs improvement?

I think that the pricing is high and it needs improvement. In the next release, they could separate the modules from the costing of the database. If they bundle it together with a new affordable price then customers will be ready to purchase it. They need an affordable price to achieve most of the… more»

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

The pricing is expensive and it should be broken into two products. People who are technical will accept the cost, but financially they will assess whether this solution will bring them revenue or not. People often ask, how will I profit when the cost is so high? If you value a good product and can… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
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The SAP HANA® platform helps you reimagine business by combining a robust database with services for creating innovative applications. It enables real-time business by converging trans-actions and analytics on one in-memory platform. Running on premise or in the cloud, SAP HANA untangles IT complexity, bringing huge savings in data management and empowering decision makers everywhere with new insight and predictive power.

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