SAP HANA Room for Improvement

Software Engineer - Data at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
SAP HANA is a very proprietary tool and there's not as much support available for it as there is for an SQL Server (which is more popular). It requires some internal SAP knowledge to work with the tool and it's a completely graphical modeling kind of a system. You can't come in cold with no knowledge or understanding of the solution and think you can jump in and start working. You have to work with the very few tools that are given to you. It could probably increase its flexibility and there could be more components added, which would make it more versatile. They could improve the solution by adding more components and by making it more feature-rich and including typical features that other more popular tools have. There needs to be better support from the SAP support team. There needs to be more support for other programming languages like high-level C++, Java, or Python. That could be another improvement. HANA needs more integration with open-source tools, and with general reporting and analytics tools that are out there on the market. Once again, more integration on so many levels would be amazing. It's very SAP-centric and very proprietary right now. There are ways to connect SAP HANA with many tools already, however, in particular with open-source tools, if there could be even more integration, that would be helpful. There needs to be more data transformation and more ELT features that can be implemented in the view. View full review »
Managing Director at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
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 some interface changes. You expect it to be easy to get into the menu, but you can't. Instead of changing the console you wanted to reject it, for example, if a tender that does not meet a specific qualification. Basically, the customization of the interface needs to be more friendly. I think we are also going towards mobile technology, so I would like to see the integration of a mobile app. View full review »
Development & ERP Technologies Department Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Unlike other databases, it lacks management features that legacy databases like Oracle or SQL servers have. They need to make the solution easier to manage and offer tools that make management more effective. A lot of things you have on traditional databases you have to develop into HANA. View full review »
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Head IT at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
I don't think that there is a feature that is lacking. It's quite good as a solution and we're pretty happy with most aspects of the product. I'd just like to see some more improvements done on the training, both on the functional training and technical training sides as a part of the complete solution. Currently, training is assumed to be a separate part of the solution. You have to purchase it separately. This should be a part of the solution's mandatory requirements. Most of the time, people fail to purchase training, and they fall back on it afterward, during implementation, as they realize how crucial it is. View full review »
Ali Mirnia
Chief Executive Officer at Redment
We use SAP HANA in our projects but it's very expensive for our projects. We need a relational database in-memory that can handle these issues. The solution is very expensive for us. It's hard for us to find test users and sometimes we need them to connect to SAP from Iran, however, this is an issue due to the sanctions against the country. View full review »
Ali Mirnia
Chief Executive Officer at Redment
Oracle tends to have better features than SAP HANA. They should work to add the kinds of features clients expect from Oracle. With Oracle, you can install their cloud and that enables you to see more of the database and multiple accounts. This is better than what SAP has on offer. SAP could really work on its monitoring capabilities. There's data aging that needs to be dealt with on the solution. It's not ideal. You might have a lot of raw data and aging can really affect it. It would be help if the solution had a graph database. They're lacking that right now. There's an issue in the partition. When you record more than two million records, partitioning does not work well. In Oracle it's easy. SAP must resolve this issue in order to be more competitive with Oracle. View full review »
Solution Architect at SAFE-SAS
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. View full review »
Test Manager (global) at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
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 the same location as the rest of the cloud of the vendor. They should improve the speed and scalability View full review »
SAP Consultant at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
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 will corruption everything in the production database. When there are a large number of records to process in a transaction, it is not any faster than Oracle. View full review »
Consultant at a mining and metals company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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. View full review »
Section Head at a energy/utilities company
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. View full review »
Vinayak Shenoy Katarsal
Senior Consultant at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
The solution needs to improve its integration capabilities. There could be some debugging techniques when the solution goes wrong or if some of the data is wrong. The solution needs to work a little bit faster. When you do a report on a non-SAP platform, you face some compatibility problems. View full review »
Consultant Application Manager at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 minimum requirement assets. View full review »
Process Mining Data Scientist (CELONIS) at a consumer goods company with 10,001+ employees
The user experience should be better. Its user interface is not good. I also don't like the transition concept. View full review »
SAP Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
If the developers were to enhance or improve the application logic while processing the transactions, that would be great. For example, if you are accessing a transection, it takes about 10 seconds. So the logic behind the transection usually is part of the development part and a product code is not from the database. View full review »
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