A Systematic Approach to Evaluating SAP HANA

  • by Anurag Barua, Independent SAP Advisor
  • January 23, 2013
/IT/Project Management
Considering SAP HANA? Learn how to focus your efforts and create a business case to deploy the solution in your company.

Over the past several months, I have spoken with a large, diverse group of individuals working for a wide variety of companies that have interest in SAP HANA. In these conversations, it has become apparent to me that there is a critical need for recommendations and guidance on evaluating the need for HANA in any enterprise.

I have put together a phased approach to help enterprises determine if they need HANA, and the key phases and activities within each phase. I’ll show you this roadmap that you can then customize to your needs. My recommended approach for putting together a HANA plan for an organization is shown in Figure 1. It is about a three- to four-month-long exercise that entails significant diligence. It takes you through four phases: discovery, analysis, business case, and implementation roadmap.

Anurag Barua

Anurag Barua is an independent SAP advisor. He has 23 years of experience in conceiving, designing, managing, and implementing complex software solutions, including more than 17 years of experience with SAP applications. He has been associated with several SAP implementations in various capacities. His core SAP competencies include FI and Controlling FI/CO, logistics, SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects, Enterprise Performance Management, SAP Solution Manager, Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC), and project management. He is a frequent speaker at SAPinsider conferences and contributes to several publications. He holds a BS in computer science and an MBA in finance. He is a PMI-certified PMP, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and is ITIL V3F certified.

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