Everything You Wanted to Know About SAP HANA Accelerators for ERP Financials

  • by Mehulkumar Patel , Senior System Engineer, Conagra Foods
  • May 12, 2016
Learn how to use SAP HANA accelerators to run reports and perform relevant period-end closing transactions much faster than with standard SAP ERP functionality. Follow steps on how to set up a connection between SAP Landscape Transformation and SAP HANA.
Learning Objectives

By reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Set up an SAP Landscape Transformation process
  • Use different SAP HANA accelerators
  • Resolve issues related to SAP HANA
Key Concept

SAP HANA accelerators provide instant access to large volumes of data—enabling you to quickly close period-end reports. The combination of SAP HANA and SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) increases FI and Controlling (CO) effectiveness by covering five key scenarios for core business processes: legal reporting obligations and internal reporting for FI, CO, the material ledger, Product Cost Analysis (drill-down reporting), and Profitability Analysis (CO-PA). It accelerates specific standard transactions acting as a secondary in-memory database. SAP has provided new transactions that specifically use the SAP HANA database. They require some user training about navigation, but the functionality remains same. SAP has released SAP HANA accelerators for ERP Financials, also called Finance and Controlling accelerators. This group includes  accelerators for the SAP General Ledger, AR, AP, Fixed Asset, Profit Center Accounting, overhead cost controlling, product cost controlling, material ledger, and CO-PA. There are also accelerators for materials management and sales and distribution. All these accelerators are called SAP HANA accelerators.

You cannot directly send data from SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) to SAP HANA. To address this issue, SAP has provided the SAP Landscape Transformation system in which you need to configure connections to both ECC and SAP Landscape Transformation.

I explain how to set up the connection between ECC and the SAP Landscape Transformation system and also how to set up a connection between SAP Landscape Transformation system and SAP HANA. I also discuss the functionality of all finance and controlling accelerators, how to use them, and how to resolve any related issues.

Before you read further, it is important to understand what SAP HANA accelerators are, as well as their purposes. To understand SAP HANA accelerators, review the article "Accelerated Finance and Controlling in SAP ERP with SAP HANA."

With the SAP HANA accelerators, you see the following immediate benefits:

  • No disruption: SAP HANA leveraged as a secondary database and no modifications are required
  • Performance: Leverage SAP HANA performance advantages, gain experience, and combine with other accelerators and SAP HANA studio reports
  • Stability: Often no code changes are required; if they are required you can go back to the primary database any time with a simple setting
  • Leverage the best concept for your purpose: The SAP HANA accelerators can be used on one system together with application-specific accelerators (e.g., CO-PA) or SAP HANA Analytics (SAP HANA studio-created reports). This means that the SAP HANA accelerator has to be activated before you can use an application-specific accelerator.

The SAP Landscape Transformation System

Now I discuss the SAP Landscape Transformation system, what it is, and where it is used.

SAP Landscape Transformation provides real-time or scheduled data replication from SAP and non-SAP sources with the option to accomplish complex data transformations on the fly. It works at the database level rather than the application level. Replication technology passes the data from the source system (in my example, SAP ERP Central Component [ECC] tables) to the target system (SAP HANA database tables). Although the source can be either an SAP or non-SAP system, the target system is the SAP HANA system that contains the SAP HANA database. I focus on ECC as the source system.

As shown in Figure 1, you set up two connections in the SAP Landscape Transformation system, one for the SAP source system (or non-SAP source system) and one for the SAP HANA system. The SAP Landscape Transformation Replication Server is embedded as middleware in your landscape and can be deployed without disrupting existing operations. You use the software to feed several target systems with real-time information depending on your business scenarios and requirements.

Figure 1
SAP Landscape Transformation Replication Server: SAP ABAP-based data sources

Mehulkumar Patel

Mehulkumar Patel is a senior system engineer and certified SAP controlling (CO) consultant with approximately 10 years of experience in SAP FI/CO. He has done multiple end-to-end SAP implementations of SAP applications. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science and an MBA in finance. He also is certified in SAP CO.


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