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SAP adds HANA features, reduces complexity

SAP has announced the next steps toward delivering on its cloud strategy, with simplified pricing, deployment and accessibility options for SAP HANA ushering in a significant business shift to cloud-based consumption and pricing models.

Earlier this week, SAP announced new offerings for SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Customers now have the ability to choose from three offerings: SAP HANA AppServices, SAP HANA DBServices, and SAP HANA Infrastructure Services.

“Today, we are simplifying access and expanding the market reach for SAP’s breakthrough SAP HANA platform,” says Dr Vishal Sikka, member of the executive board of SAP AG, Products & Innovation. “With these steps, customers and partners can experience the power of SAP HANA and build amazing applications in any way they choose to chart new frontiers in cloud-based software without compromise.”

SAP HANA’s new pricing and consumption model is good news for African businesses in that new pricing options for SAP HANA intend to broaden the reach of the SAP HANA platform and make it easily accessible to everyone starting with a base price with add-on options available as desired, says Pfungwa Serima, CEO of SAP Africa.

“Customers buy through a consumption model and can either implement end-to-end platform use cases or choose additional options as needed such as predictive analytics, spatial processing and planning. This significantly increases the opportunities to get started with SAP HANA and affords customers the ultimate ability to innovate.”

To address the growing apps economy, SAP announced new and enhanced offerings for SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Start-ups, ISVs and customers can now build new data-driven applications in the cloud. This platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offers in memory-centric infrastructure, database and application services to build, extend, deploy and run applications.

SAP HANA Cloud Platform is available today via SAP HANA Marketplace. Customers can gain access to SAP HANA in as little as 30 minutes and immediately benefit from a unified platform service for next-gen apps, and can easily buy, deploy and run with the flexibility of a subscription contract.

The new SAP HANA Cloud Platform offerings are available for a simplified trial and purchase experience in sizes ranging from 128Gb to 1Tb of memory on SAP HANA Marketplace, an online store that lets customers learn, try, and buy applications powered by SAP HANA. SAP Fiori apps and hundreds of start-ups and ISVs offerings are also available on the site.

The SAP HANA platform continues to change the world of compute and what is possible. SAP is paving the way for realtime personalised medicine with SAP Genomic Analyser, a new application powered by SAP HANA that aims to allow researchers and clinicians to find breakthrough insights from genomics data in realtime.

Currently in the early adoption phase, key planned benefits include faster data processing through various stages of genomics pipeline – alignment, annotation and analysis – and immediate analysis of data in minutes rather than days.

Researchers expect to be able to analyse genetic variants of large-scale cohorts to find patterns of variation within and between populations. With better identification of clinically actionable genetic variants and realtime visibility into “in-the moment” situations, clinicians shall be able to understand and personalise care to patients with diseases such as Type II diabetes.

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