The human heart has the arduous task of keeping us moving, pumping blood all over our body and allowing us to be alive, generating every day energy to drag a truck for 32 kilometers. All this makes it one of the fundamental muscles of the body that requires perfect functioning and care.
ERPs are nothing new, they were already used in World War II (when the US Army began to use special programs to manage the resources of materials used in the battle), but they have evolved to the present day , With the different areas of business operation and allowing, for example, that suppliers can enter the company's system and vice versa to carry out operations.
The use of this technology has extended from its origins. Since the second decade of the 21st century, we are witnessing profound transformations in ERPs in order to adapt them to new technological trends such as cloud computing , mobile devices or Software as a Service (SaaS). The penetration of these systems in the SME market is also increasing: increasingly vertical solutions are created and implementation times are reduced, one of the barriers that have always stopped the popularization of these tools. All this is assuming an important transformation in the ERP market that poses interesting challenges for the immediate future.
Also, when we talk about these systems we must be clear one thing, if we want to mention a leading company in this sector globally, it is necessary to talk about SAP and its Business All-in-One solution . According to Gartner, the German company has dominated this market for the last 20 years ( more than 70% of large companies use their service ).
The last innovation of SAP has been the development of a database in memory called SAP HANA , but before investigating in this technology let's see what has happened to understand the business need that has originated.
Within the ERP , BI ( Business Intelligence ) solutions have become an almost basic component in the management of information of any organization. As a result, the massive explosion in data volumes collected by companies has become a real problem, especially in larger organizations. BI's own tools are based on the use of ETL (data extraction, transformation and data loading) processes that replicate data from transactional systems, and their subsequent modeling in complex n-dimensional structures, which feed the analysis tools of BI.
Depending on the amount of data in the source systems and the complexity of queries, the processing load and the times of this conventional methodology can be very limiting. For example, there are companies that have databases in their Data Warehouses of 6 or 7 terabytes, and need time processing to build a "cube."
SAP HANA , was born to meet this need. It is the result of the evolution of several technologies that have merged into a product that was initially intended only to improve the tasks of data analysis, but that SAP (identifying its potential in time) changed the scope and now is called to be the Database and platform on which all the applications of this company will work. This enables us to define SAP HANA as an in-memory database implementation that leverages strategic information in real time throughout your business.
SAP HANA is a reality that will help companies become more competitive, but, adoption of this technology is not always an easy path for companies. Telefónica, has launched a SAP Virtual Service on HANA that provides its customers with a pay-per-use model.
With this, Telco makes it easier for companies to adopt this leading technology in the market , avoiding tasks such as:
The adaptation to SAP appliance certifications, which carry a large load of RAM and a processor prepared for the use of SAP HANA. This implies investments of amount (added to the price of the software).
The difficulty of defending the return of the real investment of this technology. The business units demand the improvement of systems times, even looking for real time, but it is not easy to quantify the benefit obtained, which requires a flexibility that these investments do not facilitate.
Need to train in this new BBDD, with the corresponding time and investment in training that requires such a critical system.
In this way, the SAP Virtual Service on Telefónica's Hana allows companies to access HANA technology without making large investments, adjusting the platform to the needs of the business at any time and Companies require Telefónica to perform the management and administration to the SAP Basis layer so that these companies focus only on the business part.