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SAP to focus on HANA-optimized apps at Sapphire Now 2014, says expert


More than a year after it announced customers could run the Business Suite on HANA, SAP will use the upcoming Sapphire Now 2014 conference to begin rolling out versions of those apps that have now been optimized for the in-memory platform, beginning with SAP ERP Financials, according to analyst Jon Reed.

"I know we're going to hear quite a bit about ERP on HANA in general," said Reed, an independent analyst and co-founder of "[But] I really think this is going to be SAP talking about going back into its core applications" and re-writing them so that they perform at a higher level than in the past.

Reed pointed to a blog post last fall in which SAP co-founder and chairman of the board Hasso Plattner wrote about the new version of SAP Financials. In it, Plattner goes into detail about the changes to the software, which will amount to "by far the biggest improvements in the history of SAP's enterprise systems."

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Last fall, in his report "SAP Bets Its Future On Hana And SaaS," Forrester Research Inc. analyst Paul Hamerman also wrote about SAP's evolution on this issue.

"While SAP will not completely refactor the ABAP code base of the Business Suite for HANA, it will rewrite certain processes and functions to leverage HANA's parallel processing and fast data access, eliminating unnecessary storage of aggregated data," Hamerman wrote. 

"Although SAP is moving quickly to deliver the HANA-optimized Business Suite, this effort is likely to be a multiyear process, with financials functions being a top priority."

Stay tuned for future coverage of SAP Sapphire Now 2014 as the June conference approaches.

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