An Introduction to SAP Business Suite on HANA for ABAP Developers

  • by James Wood, Founder and Principal Consultant, Bowdark Consulting
  • July 3, 2013
Now that a majority of the core SAP Business Suite applications have been enhanced to run on SAP HANA technology, many ABAP developers are left wondering how this transition might affect them in the future. See how SAP HANA technology is integrated and used in systems using the SAP Business Suite.
Key Concept

Running the SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA allows you to use in-memory capabilities to increase the speed with which you process and analyze SAP transactional data in real time.

With all the hype surrounding SAP HANA technology, wrapping your head around what HANA is and how it fits into the overall SAP development landscape can be difficult. On one end of the spectrum, you have those who dismiss HANA as just another database. On the other end, you have those who claim that HANA marks the end of ABAP programming as we know it. As is the case with most things in life, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

For developers working in the analytics space, many of these myths have been dispelled now that developers have had an opportunity to gets hands-on experience with the various HANA-based product offerings and see how HANA technology works. However, for ABAP developers working on applications in the SAP Business Suite (e.g., SAP ERP Central Component [SAP ECC]), there’s a lot of uncertainty. I’ll provide clarity in this area by illustrating how HANA technology is integrated into the SAP Business Suite.

James Wood

James Wood is the founder and principal consultant of Bowdark Consulting, Inc., an SAP NetWeaver consulting and training organization. With more than 10 years of experience as a software engineer, James specializes in custom development in the areas of ABAP Objects, Java/J2EE, SAP NetWeaver Process Integration, and SAP NetWeaver Portal. Before starting Bowdark Consulting, Inc. in 2006, James was an SAP NetWeaver consultant for SAP America, Inc., and IBM Corporation, where he was involved in multiple SAP implementations. He holds a master’s degree in software engineering from Texas Tech University. He is also the author of Object-Oriented Programming with ABAP Objects (SAP PRESS, 2009), ABAP Cookbook (SAP PRESS, 2010), and SAP NetWeaver Process Integration: A Developer’s Guide (Bowdark Press, 2011). James is also a contributor to Advancing Your ABAP Skills, an anthology that holds a collection of articles recently published in SAP Professional Journal and BI Expert.

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