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Calling all Small and Medium Enterprises – SAP HANA is right-sized for you!

By Jodie Jordanger - HP Converged Application Systems


If you are a small or medium company, and have been interested in SAP HANA but thought it was only for large enterprises, this will be welcome news for you.  SAP HANA is a real-time in-memory analytics platform that gives you fast access to operational and strategic business information.   It offers an integrated information management system that combines data from multiple sources, significantly improving processing speeds, and supporting powerful, real-time text searching and data mining modeling abilities.  


According to SAP, ‘the data fire hose is running at full blast and shows little signs of abating. But, the big gap in big data is painfully evident for small businesses: Just 18% have purchased/upgraded a business intelligence solution in the past 24 months, and only 17% plan to do so in the next 12 months.’


SAP is helping to resolve this by tailoring SAP HANA for SME customers, which can make a dramatic impact on business as these videos from SAP demonstrate. 


SAP is now extending the power of SAP HANA to the small and medium enterprise market with three new product offerings: 


  • SAP HANA Edge edition – empowers operational and analytics systems such as SAP Business All-in-One solutions or SAP Business Objects Business Intelligence (BI), Edge edition
  • SAP Business One, analytics powered by SAP HANA - runs beside your existing SAP Business One system
  • SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA – offers option to use SAP HANA as the database for Business One solution


In support of SAP’s SME offerings, HP developed the HP Small and Medium Enterprise Solution for SAP HANA, which includes certified hardware based on the HP ProLiant ML350p Gen8 server. HP ProLiant Gen8 servers are the first to use built-in intelligence to continuously analyze thousands of system parameters to deliver automation across the lifecycle of the data center, optimize application performance, and proactively improve uptime. 


Our HP and SAP reseller communities are also very involved with the delivery of this solution.  As a trusted HP partner, Arrow is working with HP to pilot a delivery model of HP Small and Medium Enterprise Solution for SAP HANA, powered by HP ProLiant ML350p Gen8 server. 


“Arrow, a long-time reseller of HP products and a SAP distributor, will be one of the first HP distributors to configure and sell the HP Small and Medium Enterprise Solution for SAP HANA, through both our systems integration and value-added center and select integration partners,” said Andy Bratton, Vice President of the North American HP group for the enterprise computing solutions segment of Arrow Electronics Inc.


“The incomparable performance of SAP HANA software, combined with the power and simplicity of the HP ProLiant Gen8 server technology, has allowed Answerthink and HP to pilot new solutions delivering optimized analytics to Small and Medium Enterprise customers. These solutions will enable our customers to achieve deeper insights into their business.” said Richard Rodriguez, Senior Director at Answerthink, a division of The Hackett Group and SAP Gold Partner.


As Answerthink’s first customer for the HP Small and Medium Enterprise Solution for SAP HANA, “ConRes is very excited to use this revolutionary technology built on the HP Converged Infrastructure and looking forward to capitalizing on the amazing speeds and reliability that SAP HANA delivers.” said Sam Schoelen, CIO, Continental Resources.


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