Accelerated Finance and Controlling in SAP ERP with SAP HANA

  • by Helen Fawcett, Developer, SAP
  • Lino Maggi, SAP HANA Presales Principal
  • Udo Werner, SAP Development Manager
  • January 31, 2013
Learn how SAP HANA accelerates Financials and Managerial Accounting in SAP ERP, how SAP HANA improves the performance of familiar and new reporting tools, and how to set up the accelerator scenarios.
Key Concept

The SAP Finance and Controlling Accelerator enhances the standard functionality of ERP Financials to enable any ERP system to take advantage of the power of SAP HANA. If the SAP HANA appliance is implemented side by side with an existing ERP system, the SAP Finance and Controlling Accelerator allows the SAP HANA database to be connected to the ERP system, boosting the performance of operational reporting. Transactional processing becomes faster and more efficient.

The SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA has just been launched. SAP now provides companies with the choice to deploy a fully integrated scenario by replacing the traditional databases of their SAP Business Suite applications with SAP HANA. At the same time, all organizations can use SAP HANA within their existing ERP environment through the implementation of the SAP HANA appliance together with the SAP Finance and Controlling Accelerator. The accelerators can significantly speed up time-critical processes, such as month-end closing processes and financial reporting. The accelerators can be implemented in an existing system in just a matter of weeks without disrupting ongoing processes.

 

When using the SAP Finance and Controlling Accelerator, the SAP HANA database is connected to the ERP system as a secondary database. Selected database tables from the primary ERP database can be replicated to the SAP HANA database using the SAP LT Replication Server. Each accelerator scenario covers one or more ERP transactions and requires a specific set of tables with ERP Financials transactional data to be replicated. There is no technical limit regarding the number of application tables that can be replicated to the SAP HANA database. The number of tables that are replicated depends on which accelerator scenarios are activated and their respective scope. The SAP LT Replication Server detects any updates to the selected tables and replicates these updates to the SAP HANA database in real time. Transactions in SAP ERP Financials covered by one of the activated accelerator scenarios can now read transactional data from the SAP HANA database much faster than they could read the data from the primary ERP database (Figure 1).


Figure 1
Accelerated Finance and Controlling with SAP HANA
 

Helen Fawcett

Helen Fawcett has worked as a technical writer for SAP since 2003. She has supported a wide variety of ERP development projects and also has experience working on cloud-based solutions. More recently, she has been focusing on documentation maintenance and support in the ERP Financials area.

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Lino Maggi

Lino Maggi joined SAP in 2011. He is an IT professional with more than 10 years’ experience with SAP Financials and SAP for Banking. He currently works as SAP HANA presales principal in SAP Brazil.

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Udo Werner

Udo Werner joined SAP AG in 1995. He has had several roles in development and solution management, mostly in the ERP Financials area. He currently manages a team of SAP application developers working in the areas of general ledger accounting and product cost controlling.

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