Special Report: Implementing SAP HANA – An End-to-End Perspective

  • by Decision First Technologies
  • Jonathan Haun, Director, Data and Analytics, Protiviti
  • Christopher Hickman, Associate Director, Data and Analytics, Protiviti
  • Don Loden, Director - Data & Analytics, Protiviti
  • October 17, 2012
In this exclusive special report, get an in-depth, step-by-step look at the aspects of implementing BI solutions on SAP HANA. Gain insight into how ETL integrates with SAP HANA and how SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 analyzes and visualizes the data stored in SAP HANA.
Key Concept

SAP HANA modeling is a process whereby a developer converts raw columnar tables into business-centric logical views, such as dimensions and measures. The result lets business consumers find their data elements, group by business elements, and filter and sort data. There are seven components behind SAP HANA modeling, each with its own function.

Will SAP HANA lead to fundamental change? In some regards we are already seeing other database vendors update their solutions to be more like SAP HANA. For organizations that have already adopted SAP HANA, there is no question that it has changed the capabilities of analytics and data processing. Only time will be the true judge of SAP HANA, but all indications are that SAP has developed a solution that will lead BI into the next generation.

In this exclusive special report, we will walk you through all the aspects of implementing BI solutions on SAP HANA standalone using:

  • SAP Data Services to manage and load data
  • SAP Information Steward to profile and research data issues, SAP HANA to develop and manage multi-dimensional models
  • SAP BusinessObjects suite of tools to create mobile analytics, reports, and dashboards

For those reading this special report with little or no experience using SAP BusinessObjects or SAP Data Services, we hope to provide insight into how companies and Decision First Technologies have implemented successful solutions for over a decade using SAP BusinessObjects EIM and analytic best practices.

For those looking to find more information on creating multi-dimensional models in SAP HANA, this special report will also provide you with valuable insight into that world.

Decision First Technologies

Decision First Technologies (DFT) is a professional services company specializing in delivering end-to-end business intelligence solutions to its customers. An SAP gold-channel partner and six-time SAP BusinessObjects Partner of the Year, DFT resells and offers certified consulting, training and technical support for all analytics as well as database and technology products in the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio. DFT’s comprehensive BI solutions allow users to access, analyze, and share information stored in multiple data sources, including SAP and non-SAP environments. The company’s data warehousing practice designs and implements enterprise solutions utilizing SAP Business Warehouse, appliances such as SAP HANA or traditional relational database technologies. With more than 10 years of experience, DFT has helped hundreds of companies make better business decisions, dramatically reducing costs, increasing revenues, and boosting profits. For more information on Decision First, visit http://www.decisionfirst.com/ or follow on Twitter @DecisionFirst.

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Jonathan Haun

Jonathan Haun, director of data and analytics at Protiviti, has more than 15 years of information technology experience and has served as a manager, developer, and administrator covering a diverse set of technologies. Over the past 10 years, he has served as a full-time SAP BusinessObjects, SAP HANA, and SAP Data Services consulting manager for Decision First Technologies. He has gained valuable experience with SAP HANA based on numerous projects and his management of the Decision First Technologies SAP HANA lab in Atlanta, GA. He holds multiple SAP HANA certifications and is a lead contributing author to the book Implementing SAP HANA. He also writes the All Things BOBJ BI blog at http://bobj.sapbiblog.com. You can follow Jonathan on Twitter @jdh2n.

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Christopher Hickman

Christopher Hickman is associate director, data and analytics, at Protiviti. Previously, he was a principal consultant at Decision First Technologies. He has experience in the SAP BusinessObjects suite of applications as well as ESRI's range of GIS applications (ArcGIS Desktop, Server, Business Analyst Desktop, BA Server, etc) and systems used to tie the two together (APOS, Centigon, Antivia), resulting in fully featured business and location intelligence systems. He is also heavily engaged in social media and the opportunities presented with the synergy generated from various social media utilities. You can follow Chris on Twitter @chickman72.

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Don Loden

Don Loden is an information management and information governance professional with experience in multiple verticals. He is an SAP-certified application associate on SAP EIM products.  He has more than 15 years of information technology experience in the following areas: ETL architecture, development, and tuning; logical and physical data modeling; and mentoring on data warehouse, data quality, information governance, and ETL concepts. Don speaks globally and mentors on information management, governance, and quality. He authored the book SAP Information Steward: Monitoring Data in Real Time and is the co-author of two books: Implementing SAP HANA, as well as Creating SAP HANA Information Views. Don has also authored numerous articles for publications such as SAPinsider magazine, Tech Target, and Information Management magazine.

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