Get Started with Modeling and Reporting in SAP HANA

  • by Muhammad Usman Malik, Senior SAP Consultant, Saudi Business Machines (SBM)
  • January 29, 2013
Learn how to begin working with HANA modeling. Discover the differences between the view and its respective features to understand and start using HANA.
Key Concept

SAP HANA stores a large amount of data in memory. SAP LT Replication, Data Services 4.0, and Sybase Replication Server are used to load data into the HANA server from various data sources. A front-end tool is used to administer, structure, and model data according to specific requirements for display.

Reporting is an increasingly important factor in business operations as data continues to grow in organizations. To help address reporting challenges, organizations are looking at how to refine their data processing components and infrastructure. SAP’s chief offering to meet this need is SAP HANA, which executes analytical reports on massive data through SAP-certified hardware. This data resides in memory. Initial loads and delta replication on the HANA server with compression make it very fast for online transaction processing (OLTP) transactions.

Moreover, moving into cloud storage could provide higher flexibility, availability, and real-time (or scheduled) data sourcing from various systems. Various front-end tools can be used to fetch this data and make it available for the user to change, update, or delete. It is a foundation on which not only real-time analytics can be performed but also a set of applications can be built.

First I’ll show you how HANA’s architecture and modeling works. I’ll then provide other tips to set you on your way with HANA.

Muhammad Usman Malik

Muhammad Usman Malik is a senior SAP consultant at Saudi Business Machines (SBM), Saudi Arabia. Usman has been involved in ABAP development and functional configuration of HR for many years. He has several years of experience implementing and supporting SAP systems including logistics, WebDynpro ABAP, workflow, and FI/CO at multinational and local companies.

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