Sep 27 2011

HANA Like An iPod? More Like A Digital Camera…

Categories: General, HANA Dave Rathbun @ 9:51 am

Timo Elliott published a great blog post this morning:

Why In-Memory Analytics is Like Digital Photography: An Industry Transformation

Timo is an avid photographer as well as a BI evangelist, and in this post he combines his knowledge of both, making some excellent points along the way. It’s well worth hopping over to his blog to check it out.


Jul 26 2011

HANA – By Any Other Name

Categories: HANA Dave Rathbun @ 2:02 pm

There has been some confusion around HANA the product, but also around HANA the name. Originally it was an acronym, but it isn’t anymore as detailed in this blog from SCN that clarifies just what HANA means as far as the product name goes.


Jul 19 2011

Still More HANA: Report from DFW ASUG Chapter Meeting

Categories: ASUG Chapters, HANA Dave Rathbun @ 8:58 pm

A few weeks ago I attended the quarterly meeting for the Dallas/Fort Worth ASUG chapter. I didn’t get to stay for the entire day, but I did get to hear the keynote by Dr. Jeffrey Word about HANA. The talk was less about the technical aspects of HANA and more about the genesis of the idea. He started with a very interesting comparison. It seems that HANA is SAP’s iPod. Continue reading “Still More HANA: Report from DFW ASUG Chapter Meeting”


Jun 15 2011

SAPPHIRE 2011 Wednesday Keynote – HANA, HANA, and More HANA

Categories: 2011 Annual Conference / SAPPHIRE, HANA Dave Rathbun @ 12:14 pm

Author Note: I realize that SAPPHIRE is old news by now, but I felt this post still had enough to offer that I would finish and publish it.

As a technical guy myself, I tend to prefer the SAP Business Objects conference or SAP TechEd over SAPPHIRE, mostly because I find more technical content at those events. However, the Wednesday keynote address from Vishal Sikka and Hasso Plattner of SAP certainly gave me plenty to chew on from a technical perspective.

Vishal Sikka

Vishal kicked off the keynote talking about HANA, and continued that theme throughout his entire (long!) presentation. In a prior post about the conference I answered the question, “what is HANA, exactly?” very simply: HANA is a database. It can be presented in a number of different ways, but ultimately that’s the function that HANA provides. I don’t install HANA to provide new functionality. In order to do anything with it, I need what I have started calling “HANA Plus One” instead. The “plus one” can be Web Intelligence, Xcelsius, or any other query tool. It can also be application code. HANA is an accelerator or an enabler. With HANA I can do the same things I did before but much faster. Or quite possibly I can now do something I wasn’t able to do before because the process took too long. (True story: A very long time ago I was asked to optimize a daily report that was taking 20+ hours to run. By the time the report was finished it was too late. With a few report tweaks and one additional database index I got the report down to 20 seconds.) Continue reading “SAPPHIRE 2011 Wednesday Keynote – HANA, HANA, and More HANA”