Hi all,

 

let me raise your awareness on an interesting webcast from SAP expert Kim Mathaess on Rapid Database Migration of SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse to SAP HANA coming up on Thursday 24.10.2014. See the registration link at the end of the invitation below. This webcast is free of charge.

 

Best regards,

Susanne

 

Invitation

Discover how you can optimize your data warehouse in as little as 10 weeks with the Rapid Database Migration of SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse to SAP HANA rapid-deployment solution. 

This solution enables you to run SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse directly on SAP HANA so you can immediately start leveraging in-memory technology to  accelerate planning, data loading, and decision making.

During this informative webcast you will learn how to:

 

  • migrate without reimplementation and without disruption of existing scenarios,
  • ensure secured planning due to fixed price and timeline for migration,
  • benefit from a simplified administration and a streamlined IT landscape.

 

You will also hear how you can leverage SAP best practices so you can go live quickly and efficiently while controlling costs.

 

Join us free of charge on

October 24th, 2013, at 10:00 am CET

to hear how you can quickly get the benefits of SAP HANA.

Near-line storage is a concept in the big data topic that many analysts are talking about. What is it? Near-line storage is the activity of storing data the organization is not continuously using, in an easily-accessible place that can quickly be made available to the user’s analytical tools—on demand—efficiently. While it is not real-time access—like with SAP HANA—it is near-line: near the tools, but not exactly “off-line.” Your data is within reach in the SAP NetWeaver BW Near-Line Storage and available in seconds.

 

October 1, SAP released the SAP NetWeaver BW Near-Line Storage rapid-deployment solution. Based on best practices, this rapid-deployment solution helps to implement the NLS solution in a really short timeframe. We’re talking about weeks.

 

Let me give you some background on the NLS solution and the rapid-deployment solution:

 

 

What´s the concept of the near-line storage solution and how fast is it?

 

The SAP NetWeaver BW Near-Line Storage solution helps to have huge amounts of data on hand - quickly. This is valid for both types of data, current or frequently used data held in memory as well as large volumes of rarely used data stored on disk.

 

With SAP NetWeaver BW Near-Line Storage, the users can access their data via SAP NetWeaver BW in almost real-time without any disruption in the look and feel of their reports.

 

“It feels like real time—that’s how fast it is.”

 

 

The NLS solution is a combination of the following main parts:

  

  • The native near-line storage connector in SAP NetWeaver BW. This connector enables organizations to manage, combine, and query data from online in-memory data from SAP HANA or disk-based data from SAP Sybase IQ. It allows archiving online data from the SAP NetWeaver BW system and storing it into SAP Sybase IQ as a near-line store.

 

  • The SAP HANA database (optional). This flexible in-memory database allows you to analyze SAP NetWeaver BW data in real-time, even at large volumes. Replacing the underlying database for SAP NetWeaver with SAP HANA gives you more speed, more flexibility and an easier way of maintaining your IT landscape.

 

  • The SAP Sybase IQ software that stores massive volumes of rarely used data, cost-effectively on disk. It has great data compression rates (70 % -90 % smaller than the original input data) which, by the way, will help to lower your TCO drastically, with reductions in data storage costs. Like SAP HANA, it is a column-oriented database management system, it stores and retrieves data by columns of attributes. This is a proven way to make data highly accessible for analysis.

 

As indicated with the word optional behind the SAP HANA database, the SAP NetWeaver BW Near-Line Storage solution can be implemented for traditional SAP NetWeaver BW (SAP BW) customers or for customers that are using SAP NetWeaver BW, powered by HANA (BW on HANA). In both cases, you will benefit from a leaner SAP BW system, which allocates less memory in your database. Considering this, you might lower the TCO for your SAP HANA database.

 

 

What are the benefits of this solution?

 

Besides achieving a complete data archiving strategy, you will

 

  • Gain a high-performance near-line storage with the functionalities of query and reporting.
  • Reduce your total cost of ownership for your BW on HANA system, by implementing a clear and scheduled data aging strategy (which reduces the storage on your HANA system)
  • Avoid further interfaces to near-line storage, as there is full access to data by SAP NetWeaver BW
  • Reduce maintenance efforts for SAP NetWeaver BW
  • Reduce system downtimes for SAP NetWeaver BW

 

  

How can SAP NetWeaver BW Near-Line Storage help you?

 

Are you wondering if NLS is the right solution for you? It´ll be the right solution if you can answer one or more of the following statements with yes.
Do you (or your customer) have…

 

  • Massive amounts of data in your SAP BW system combined with a high maintenance effort
  • Long downtimes for SAP BW system maintenance 
  • Need to transfer data into a new data archiving landscape
  • Intent to reduce the total cost of ownership of your SAP BW or BW on HANA system
  • Heterogeneous system landscapes including non-SAP near-line storage solutions
  • Need to have archived data still at hand.

 

If you feel nodding at one of these statements, NLS will be the right solution for you.

 

 

How can you implement the solution for your enterprise (or your customer)?

 

SAP offers the SAP NetWeaver BW Near-Line Storage rapid-deployment solution which can be implemented in a matter of weeks. This rapid-deployment solution delivers additional content and services that guide you safely through the implementation of your data archiving strategy. A detailed step-by-step-guide delivers all important assets and steps in a clear and understandable way. The rapid-deployment solution has the following main components:

 

  • Implementation of a data aging strategy – A document that guides through the process of setting up a data aging strategy, with an example of a data aging strategy for sample info cubes in SAP BW

 

  • SAP Sybase IQ general configuration – A configuration guide and templates for a fast and easier installation and configuration of SAP Sybase IQ software

 

  • Near-line storage configuration – A step-by-step guide that supports through the process of configuring the SAP BW application for near-line storage with SAP Sybase IQ.

 

 

Do you have the right skill set to implement the solution?

 

The typical skill set that is needed to implement the solution is SAP BW knowledge and knowledge on SAP Sybase IQ (Administration).

 

 

Where can you find further information on the solution?

 

Have a look at this nice video that explains the solution:

 

 

For customers and partners there is detailed information available on SAP Service Marketplace: https://service.sap.com/rds-nls

Analyzing social media in the web can give you information that you hardly find in the news – including the statement above. “Birds are dying!” -  This shocking statement is one of the top hits if you analyze social media around the latest incidents at Gezi Park in Istanbul.  Many people discuss via social media if the sudden death of birds around Gezi Park has been caused by the broad usage of tear gas.
This example helps to make one important fact obvious – analyzing social media is not “spying”. It helps to find information that is meant to be heard. People using social media want to express their opinion openly, they want people to listen and they want to make things change.
 
Customers chatting about products or reacting on a new marketing campaign, Parents stating the lack of child care places, Citizens reporting bad road conditions or voters demanding special political programs - they all express their sentiments and requirements within social media.
 
Imagine what valuable use cases there are if you could listen to those people. Companies could verify if marketing campaigns or product launches are successful, or get immediate feedback on product issues; Public authorities could evaluate the citizens´ sentiments on big investment projects; Security organizations could be forewarned about possible escalations on big events; Researchers could find new areas of high practical relevance etc.
 
You don´t need to be extraordinarily creative to find hundreds of additional use cases. But, key to your use case is the extent of the audience. If you try to “listen” to social media and analyze the meaning of comments you will soon border on “big data”. Due to massive amounts of data in social media, a thorough analysis cannot be done manually. In this case, the SAP HANA Sentiment Intelligence rapid-deployment solution can help you to extract this high volume of data, to interpret texts, and finally to analyze the data.
 
SAP HANA Sentiment Intelligence rapid-deployment solution is preconfigured to acquire unstructured data from Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. This innovation also supports integration with social data providers like DataSift or Gnip and it integrates easily with the social collaboration platform SAP Jam. If you want to harvest data from other sources, you can. The solution includes configuration guides help you do that and it also provides suggestions on other online sources to consider in your intelligence gathering project.
In addition, the solution can combine the unstructured data with structured data, such as data from spreadsheets, or from internal systems like SAP CRM.
So, now you have access to excessive data, but how can you really “listen” to the massive amounts of unstructured data from various channels? The inbuilt text analysis function of SAP HANA enables you to extract meaning from text data[1]. It uses linguistic and statistical techniques to make sure the results are
returned and correct. The solution can classify sentiments from “strong-positive” through “neutral” to “strong-negative”.
 
The information and sentiments that are extracted out of the data can now be used for insight to action. SAP HANA Sentiment Intelligence rapid-deployment
solution provides a consistent and intuitive sentiment cockpit with ready-to-use interactive graphical analytics that meet a wide variety of business user needs.
 
This cockpit doesn’t keep you tied to the office. You can either use it via your desktop or via a mobile device.
Have a look on how it might look… 
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If you wish to build up your own reports you can build and share them with the optional SAP Lumira software. And, to support product and campaign planning it is possible to apply predictive analytics on data provided by sentiment intelligence.
And if you now think about a long running implementation project with exploding costs, I need to correct you – the SAP Sentiment Intelligence rapid-deployment solution can be implemented in only 5-7 weeks.  As all SAP rapid-deployment solutions, the specialized SAP HANA package for sentiment intelligence comes with a predefined:
  • Software scope based on best practices that enables you to analyze data immediately
  • Implementation timeline
  • Price on implementation
 
Customers and partners of SAP get more detailed information on the solution on SAP Service Market http://service.sap.com/rds-sent-int - or get an highlevel overview by watching this video on youtube:
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[1] As of August 2013 the solution supports English, German, Spanish, and French. Support for Simplified Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, and Russian is planned in near future.

The portfolio of RDS solutions for SAP HANA increases with every quarter - in July, 3 new packages and 4 upgrade packages have been released!! This includes new packages for the exciting products SAP Business Suite on HANA and SAP HANA Live.

 

Have a look at the overview of the new/ugraded RDS solutions below. If you have any questions on these solutions please feel free to contact me.

 

 

SAP HANA Live rapid-deployment solution (NEW)

The SAP HANA Live rapid-deployment solution enables real-time reporting on operational data from SAP Business Suite software. This rapid-deployment solution provides pre-built reporting content based on virtual data models for easy and faster analysis of operational data on the SAP HANA platform with best practices enablement content and fixed-scope and fixed-timeline service offering.

Go Live (weeks)  : 9

Link to More information on SAP Service Marketplace: service.sap.com/rds-shl

 

Rapid database migration of SAP Business Suite to SAP HANA (NEW)

This rapid deployment solution supports the migration of an existing SAP Business Suite installation to the SAP HANA database system without disruption of the existing Business Suite scenarios. This new deployment approach provided with SAP’s rapid deployment solutions which leverage out-of-the-box accelerators and predefined scope will help accelerate the customer’s adoption of SAP HANA to supercharge their SAP Business Suite. The simplified process eliminates any migration guesswork and uncertainties regarding realization timeline, due to automation of steps as well as planning security due to standardization of the approach.

Go Live (weeks)  : 20

Link to more information on SAP Service Marketplace: service.sap.com/rds-hana-bsmig

 

SAP Enterprise Risk Reporting for Banking rapid-deployment solution (NEW)

Based on the most important key performance indicators according to the Basel III regulations, the SAP Enterprise Risk Reporting for Banking rapid-deployment solution provides a risk data model with preconfigured data flows, analysis, and reports for risk management reporting in banks. It enables best practices for the implementation of risk management reporting for banks within SAP NetWeaver BW powered by HANA and SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence software. It supports holistic coverage of risk management reporting, including - Risk reporting overview, Credit
risk, Operational risk, Liquidity risk, Market risk, Capital adequacy,
Risk-adjusted return on capital (RAROC).

Go Live (weeks)  : 5

Link to more information on SAP Service Marketplace: service.sap.com/rds-bank-err

 

SAP Business Intelligence Adoption  rapid-deployment solution ( Upgrade)

The SAP Business Intelligence Adoption rapid-deployment solution is a comprehensive package that helps customers make the right choice of the right reporting tool for the right reports. Software content helps to serve as a starting point for building
better reports.  Data reconciliation and availability, helps users gain trust in the data warehouse environment, serving as a catalyst to adopt BI tools. Simple visualization of data in desktop and mobile devices provides easy access to enterprise data.

Go Live (weeks) : 8

Link to more information on SAP Service Marketplace : service.sap.com/rds-bia

 

SAP ERP for Finance and Controlling rapid-deployment solution powered by SAP HANA (Scope Enhancement)

This Rapid Deployment Solution takes a comprehensive approach to financial and management accounting – through an integrated solution for finance and controlling that is powered by SAP HANA. It allows customers to get the enterprise resource planning functionality, which is needed to reduce risk and create a predictable path for the future, with support for everything from general ledger to overhead cost accounting.

Go Live (weeks)  : 15 weeks plus 4 weeks go-live support

Link to more information on SAP Service Marketplace: service.sap.com/rds-erp-fin-hana

 

SAP ERP for Manufacturing rapid-deployment solution powered by SAP HANA (Scope Enhancement)

With the SAP ERP for Manufacturing rapid-deployment solution, customers can quickly and affordably implement functionality to enable predefined business scenarios that are crucial for companies active in the process, discrete, and repetitive manufacturing industries. Customers can improve their most important business processes – procure-to-pay, make-to-stock, order-to-cash – fully integrated with efficient financial processes. By implementing an integrated software-and-service package, customers can identify the many drivers and
processes, shaping manufacturing performance. Customers can also automate procurement transactions, optimize financial margins, and manage suppliers, capital, and risks.

Go Live (weeks)  : 17 weeks plus 4 weeks go live support

Link to more information on SAP Service Marketplace : service.sap.com/rds-erp-manu-hana

 

SAP ERP for Trading rapid-deployment solution powered by SAP HANA (Scope Enhancement)

With this solution, customers can quickly and affordably implement functionality to enable predefined business scenarios that are crucial for companies active in trading industries. Customer can improve, how they manage their most important business processes – procure-to-pay, order-to-cash, logistics and warehouse, management – and also achieve full integration with efficient financial processes. By implementing an integrated software-and-service package, customers can quickly adapt to demands from customers and suppliers and also automate procurement transactions, optimize financial margins, and manage suppliers, capital, and risks.

Go Live (weeks)  : 17 weeks plus 4 weeks go-live support

Link to more information on SAP Service Marketplace: service.sap.com/rds-erp-trade-hana

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