Speed Up Your Profitability Analysis Performance with SAP HANA’s CO-PA Accelerator

  • by Carsten Hilker, Solution Manager, SAP Labs
  • Dr. Karol Bliznak, Vice President, SAP AG
  • November 16, 2011
Get a first-hand look at how the CO-PA Accelerator for cost-based CO-PA with SAP HANA replicates data from SAP ERP in real time into SAP HANA for fast access to revenue, cost, and profitability data. Look at some of the most asked-about best practices available now for implementing the CO-PA Accelerator with SAP HANA, including technology prerequisites and skills needed. Learn how to execute profitability-related reports and allocations on in-memory without disruption for your business users.
Key Concept

SAP HANA is SAP’s in-memory appliance that orchestrates the latest hardware and software technology innovations to help you analyze real-time information at unprecedented speeds on large volumes of non-aggregated data. SAP HANA enables both new innovations and customer enhancements as in-memory solutions, including SAP’s future products, existing products that can be in-memory enabled, customer-specific development, pre-packaged reporting solutions, and accelerators that speed up SAP applications without changing the application fundamentals.

Profitability analysis (CO-PA) is one of the most commonly used capabilities within SAP ERP. In September 2011, SAP announced the availability of the new CO-PA Accelerator for cost-based CO-PA with SAP HANA, which integrates the SAP HANA in-memory appliance into CO-PA as an existing, well-established SAP ERP application.

The CO-PA Accelerator allows significantly faster processing of complex allocations and basically instantaneous ad hoc profitability queries. It belongs to accelerator-type usage scenarios in which SAP HANA becomes a secondary database for SAP products such as SAP ERP. This means SAP ERP data is replicated from SAP ERP into SAP HANA in real time for secondary storage. The CO-PA Accelerator allows you to adopt a highly innovative in-memory solution in a non-disruptive fashion, protecting your IT investment and delivering long-term value and continuous improvement to your business processes at the same time.

We’ll tackle the following key topics to help you tap into some of the best practices available for the CO-PA Accelerator with SAP HANA:

  • Get familiar with the technology prerequisites and skills needed to implement the CO-PA Accelerator
  • Understand the difference between the two main use cases of the CO-PA Accelerator:
    • Use case 1: Accelerated allocations and SAP ERP drill-down reporting in CO-PA
    • Use case 2: Profitability reporting with SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence front ends via SAP HANA

Carsten Hilker

Carsten Hilker is solution manager for finance and performance management solutions at SAP. He has been working with SAP systems for more than 20 years. He is an active member and advisor to a number of think tanks and professional communities focusing on management accounting and performance management. Carsten is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Carsten will be presenting at the upcoming Central Finance Bootcamp November 7-8 in Chicago and November 27-28 in Orlando. For information on the event, click here


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Dr. Karol Bliznak

Dr. Karol Bliznak is vice president of the Rapid Innovation Group (RIG) within the mobility division at SAP. He focuses on converging SAP’s strategic innovation categories, such as mobile solutions, SAP HANA, business analytics, and the cloud. He works at the SAP AG headquarters in Walldorf, Germany. He has more than 14 years of SAP experience in business intelligence, mobility and in-memory technologies, enterprise performance management, financial accounting, controlling, governance, risk, and compliance.

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