Managing Data with SAP Solutions: SAP HANA and non-HANA Use Cases

  • by Robert Heidasch, Chief Innovation and Technology Lead, Accenture
  • December 21, 2017
See some examples of integration solutions based on SAP-provided replication tools that you can use to integrate SAP and non-SAP applications. The tools support a wide variety of data types (structured and unstructured) and formats (including data streams).
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you’ll learn:

  • About the new replication and integration capabilities provided by SAP HANA
  • How to use SAP replication tools in different integration scenarios
  • How to use SAP HANA smart data access, SAP HANA streaming analytics (formerly SAP HANA smart data streaming), and SAP HANA smart data integration
  • About the integration of SAP and non-SAP business applications, of structured and unstructured data sources, and of stream-based devices and solutions
Key Concept

The new SAP HANA replication and consolidation capabilities can simplify the architecture of the solution and optimize the data transfer and transformation process. You can almost freely define processes and their execution using SAP HANA technology. The optimization often may require additional development effort by experienced architects and developers.

Let’s start with a presentation of some example data replication solutions using functionality presented in my previous article “Managing Data with SAP Data Replication and Transformation Tools.” They are SAP Landscape Transformation Replication Server (SAP LT Replication Server), SAP Data Services, and SAP Event Stream Processor (SAP ESP).

Then I present the data replication and integration capability provided by SAP HANA: SAP HANA smart data access, SAP HANA streaming analytics, and SAP HANA smart data integration.

I close with an example of how to use the new SAP HANA replication tools to integrate various data sources ─ SAP business applications, unstructured data provided in files, streams delivered by smart devices, and Big Data storage solutions such as Hadoop.


Robert Heidasch

Robert is the chief innovation and technology lead in the global Accenture Technology Platform, which is responsible for SAP Leonardo and the new digital technology defining business value and driving the digital transformation of complex enterprise solution for Accenture diamond and strategic clients. Before that he was responsible as innovation and solution lead for the design and architecture of new business applications developed jointly by Accenture and SAP based on the newest SAP and non-SAP technology. Robert is the Accenture certified Senior Digital Architect and Senior Technology Architect. He is coauthor and trainer of a couple of SAP technology-related trainings for the in-memory platform and architecture of new business applications (e.g., SAP HANA, SAP Cloud Platform, and SAP Leonardo applications for solution architects and technical architects, all of which were provided by Accenture in Europe, the US, and Asia). Robert has more than 23 years’ experience designing and developing IT systems. He published several technical and business articles about SOA, SAP NetWeaver and its integration with non-SAP systems (e.g. Microsoft, Oracle, etc.), and SAP HANA technology. He is also an inventor of 38 patents in the US in the area of in-memory technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning, security, semantics, and SOA. He is a frequent speaker in international business conferences and SAP Forum. He is a subject matter expert in customer projects worldwide and has extended experience in team leadership in Europe, the US, and India.

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