Try Out SAP HANA in a Big Data Scenario

Originally posted on SAPHANA.com on October 24, 2013…

Just in time for SAP TechEd, I’m pleased to announce the public beta of the trial cloud for SAP HANA. Our first released scenario is SAP HANA One and Big Data – Processing Wikipedia Data with Hive and Analyzing with SAP HANA and SAP Lumira.

The trial cloud for SAP HANA provides you fast, free access to pre-configured SAP HANA landscapes built for specific use cases. This lets you see how to work with SAP HANA through short tutorial activities.

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It Still Takes People to Solve the Really Hard Problems

This blog is inspired by the article “Slow Ideas” in The New Yorker by Atul Gawande which discusses how some innovations spread swiftly, but many important ones are much slower, mostly because they involve changing people and culture.

“Slow Ideas” starts off with a history lesson of the adoption of anesthesia versus antiseptics, both incredibly novel advancements in medicine discovered in the mid 1800’s. Anesthesia turned out to be adopted much more quickly than antiseptics simply because it had immediate, obvious benefit to a surgeon’s experience. Imagine not having to rush through a treatment on a thrashing painful patient. Antispectics, on the other hand, provided a benefit to patients that was only realized over many days, and was dependent on many factors being made antiseptic, and later, sterile.

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Reenactment of first etherized operation.
[SOURCE] This image is in the public domain due to its age.

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The Social Impact of Big Data – Seven Amazing Takeaways from Skoll World Forum

While researching for a forthcoming blog I’m writing about applications of “Big Data” for social entrepreneurs, I ran across this amazing blog series by the Skoll World Forum called “How Can Big Data Have a Social Impact.”

The insights shared in this series are worth any business person’s time to read, as they show how typical problems with big data we face in industry are exacerbated when trying to solve the world’s hardest problems. Also fascinating is how the convergence of big data disciplines with cloud, mobile, and social technologies creates amazing solutions – but only when it improves the human condition.

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“Big Data” has the power to improve the human condition or dehumanize and create inhumane conditions.
[SOURCE] © 2011 Thierry Gregorius, used according to Creative Commons License.

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Unveiling A Longer Term Vision for SAP HANA One – New Article in SAP Insider

My latest article for SAP Insider, co-written with my developer colleagues, has just been posted.

“SAP HANA One Illuminates new Possibilities” is a deeper dive into the subject of  my blog “SAP HANA One – SAP HANA in a Light Bulb.”

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For those of you already familiar with SAP HANA One, what’s new for you in the article is that we reveal a longer vision for the SAP HANA One bundle:

The Future of SAP HANA in the Cloud

SAP HANA One continues to evolve at a rapid pace, updating at least quarterly to include functionality from new versions of SAP HANA software and datasets. Planned future updates will include SAP HANA support package stack 6, as well as templates and adapters for scenarios that may include:

  • MySQL application data connectors
  • Elastic turbo-charging of specific SAP ERP business processes
  • Public sector-specific applications, such as healthcare fraud detection and education
  • Powerful bundled server-side business intelligence tools

Hypocritical Innovators, Making Smartphones Smart, Salesforce Promises to be Green, and SAP HANA Crowns Hadoop

Some Good, Fast Reads From Last Week

Greetings Geek Marketing readers.

The last couple of weeks I have been pouring my heart into developing content for a few new initiatives I’m involved with. This has left me with little time to keep the Geek Marketing blog fresh. However, I’m very much looking forward to sharing some awesome things my various teams are developing.

In the meantime, there are a few blogs I read over the last week that I keep thinking about, so I thought I’d share them with you. No, they aren’t in any particular theme, just some cool stuff.

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[SOURCE: © raider of gin, used according to Creative Commons License]

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Where SAP HANA and SAP HANA One Fits Into Modern Application Architecture

Cross posted from my blog at SAP Community Network:

Yesterday Jeffrey Hammond, VP and Principal Analyst with Forrester, posted an excellent blog laying out a vision for modern custom enterprise application architecture.  In his blog, “The Best Way to Develop Mobile Apps? Don’t Develop Mobile Apps!”, Mr. Hammond makes the point that custom application projects shouldn’t just be thinking about an app that fits a mobile device, but take a system engineering approach considering modern technologies and architectural trends such as cloud computing, web services, and big data in addition to mobile device platforms. What I especially like about his blog is his simple explanation of how these fit to create applications with the following characteristics:

  • Omnichannel
  • Elastic
  • API-oriented
  • Responsive
  • Organic
  • Contextual

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SAP HANA One – SAP HANA in a Light Bulb

Cross posted from my blog at SAPHANA.com

Consider for a moment what SAP HANA would be like if it were a light bulb? I don’t mean 25 megawatts of lighting for a small city, just a single 30 watt bulb. Two things should be immediately obvious. First, you could turn it on and off instantly. Need light? Turn it on. Don’t need it anymore? Turn it off and save electricity. Second, it would be very good for lighting a room, but too dim for lighting a football field at night. In this analogy, the 30 watt light bulb would be SAP HANA One – SAP HANA in the public cloud.

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Characteristics That Make SAP HANA Use Cases Suitable for Cloud Deployment

Cross posted from my blog at the SAP Community Network

So I’ve decided to take an approach that might sound backwards: discussing use cases and opportunities for a certain deployment option of SAP HANA without first looking at business requirements. While I’d never start a business case this way, I think it’s instructive to decompose the technical characteristics of cloud applications, see how they mesh with the characteristics of SAP HANA applications, and relate these to potential requirements of use cases.

 Typical Characteristics of Cloud Applications

Those more familiar with traditional SAP HANA deployments may be less familiar with the world of native cloud applications.The best definition of cloud computing that I’ve seen was created by the National Institute of Standards. Part of this definition of cloud computing is 5 essential characteristics:

  • On-demand self-service
  • Broad network access
  • Resource pooling
  • Elasticity
  • Measured service

While the service model in which you subscribe to a cloud application may not provide the subscriber of a service all these characteristics, they are inherent in the supporting infrastructure.

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[SOURCE: From ASUG 2012 Annual Conference © SAP and Asuret, used with permission]

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The Real Disruption Behind Social, Mobile, Cloud, and Big Data Lies in Decentralization

Cross posted from my blog at the SAP Community Network…

This blog is the result of a debate with my colleague Rahul Asthana, who asked, which of the four forces in Gartner’s Nexus of Forces: social enterprise, mobile devices, cloud computing, and big data, is really truly disruptive to the IT industry and practice today.

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The evolution of mobile phones to smart phones over the last decade.
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Five Innovative Social, Mobile, Cloud, and Big Data Apps From the US 2012 Election Campaigns

Cross posted from my blog at the SAP Community Network

With the US 2012 election campaign finally, thankfully, winding down, I wanted to share some interesting stories about the technology being used by the campaigns and super PACs to more effectively direct their field staff and target voters.  From the various news stories I’ve heard over the past few weeks on NPR, and read in articles, it seems that both the presidential campaigns and the big budget super PACs have been making heavy use of social media, mobile device applications, cloud platforms, and big data.

This blog isn’t meant to take a position in the campaign. I can’t even argue that one campaign has made more effective use of new technology than another. Whereas in 2008, the Obama campaign clearly made more effective use of social media than his opponent, it seems that both campaigns in 2012 have aggressively embraced emerging technologies.

Here are five descriptions of applications that I was able to find. I will add to this list as I run across more.  Please feel free to add any links to interesting stories that you know about as well in the comments. Also, the application of this technology is strictly an American perspective. I suspect many of my European colleagues will have an entirely different view of the acceptability, and even legality, of some of these applications. Please share your perspectives on this issue as well.

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