Creating a Business Case for SAP HANA (3)

SAP HANA custom-built scenarios

As SAP HANA is an in-memory database technology, more or less any imaginable scenario is possible. The focus of this section will be on analytic scenarios as this is a good starting point for your SAP HANA journey . Assuming that any kind of data analysis scenarios is possible, in this section we’ll address the following questions:


  • How do I identify the best SAP HANA scenarios  ?
  • Are there any kinds of patterns that can be used to group SAP HANA scenarios? Why should I use SAP HANA over other available technology?


SAP HANA brings value with fast and real-time data loading, flexible modeling and fast reporting speed—all on large volumes of data. You can separate and group custom built scenarios into the following patterns:

  1. Real-time
  2. Speed
  3. Flexibility
  4. Reach
  5. Volume


Certainly, these are very generic patterns; however, they deliver powerful value to an organization. These main value patterns can be used on large data sets. Having sub-second reporting response on top of 250 records could be considered valuable, but would not necessitate in-memory technology and SAP HANA. Having the same sub-second response on 250,000,000 records of real-time data would simply not be possible with most traditional technologies. In order to build a compelling value scenario, it is always useful to have two or three of these patterns in a single case.