Accelerate Operational Reporting with SAP HANA Live: FI Focus

  • by Ned Falk, Senior Education Consultant, SAP
  • November 20, 2013
Learn about SAP HANA Live and the SAP HANA-based virtual data model. It enables fast reporting on FI directly from an SAP ERP system running on the SAP HANA database.
Learning Objectives

After reading this article, you will know how to:

  •  Install SAP HANA Live
  •  Use SAP HANA virtual data models without the need for SAP NetWeaver BW
  •  Use the SAP HANA Live Browser to view different data models provided by HANA Live
Key Concept

SAP HANA Live provides a Web user interface (UI) and underlying virtual data models for easy access to SAP ERP data without using ABAP. With SAP ERP running on SAP HANA, and direct access to new SAP HANA virtual data models (views), you get fast results without the need for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW). The speed of SAP HANA and the available tools it provides reduce, if not eliminate, the need for single-system operational reports to be sourced from SAP BW. This does not, however, eliminate the need for global cross-system enterprise reports being sourced from your SAP NetWeaver BW, but it makes the case for a more targeted need for the warehouse — one that does not support basic FI reporting off one SAP ERP system. 

Companies running SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) on SAP HANA can leverage virtual data models that are easy to deploy, extend, and consume for BusinessObjects-based operational reporting without SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW).   Leveraging SAP HANA Live enables fast, flexible FI operational reporting with SAP ECC running on SAP HANA.

SAP HANA Live (previously called the HANA Analytics Framework) uses the tables on the source system with the aid of the modeling application built into HANA to access the data directly for reporting. But why is this scenario different from operation reporting pre-SAP NetWeaver BW? The answer is the HANA database itself. When the SAP ERP suite runs on HANA the rules change radically. You have heard about HANA, but if you don’t yet know the basics, these are important for grasping how this new reporting paradigm, HANA Live, works. 


Overview of SAP HANA 

SAP HANA is a hardware and software solution that packages many multi-core CPUs on multiple blades that are packed with a huge amount of RAM (random-access memory). Table 1 sums up the reasons for the fast access speed.

Ned Falk

Ned Falk is a senior education consultant at SAP. In prior positions, he implemented many ERP solutions, including SAP R/3. While at SAP, he initially focused on logistics. Now he focuses on SAP HANA, SAP BW (formerly SAP NetWeaver BW), SAP CRM, and the integration of SAP BW and SAP BusinessObjects tools. You can meet him in person when he teaches SAP HANA, SAP BW, or SAP CRM classes from the Atlanta SAP office, or in a virtual training class over the web. If you need an SAP education plan for SAP HANA, SAP BW, BusinessObjects, or SAP CRM, you may contact Ned via email.

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