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Executive Summary
Updated on May 26, 2022

We performed a comparison between Oracle Database and SAP HANA based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users give mixed reviews regarding the initial setup of both solutions. Some users of each solution say that the setup is straightforward, while others say it is complex.
  • Features: Users of both products are happy with their stability, scalability, and performance. Oracle Database users like its partitioning capabilities and say it is a mature, secure, and robust product. A few users mention that Oracle Database should have better integration options. SAP HANA users say that it is easy to use, flexible, and performs, well but uses a large amount of RAM.
  • Pricing: Reviewers of both solutions note that their prices are relatively high.
  • ROI: Oracle Database reviewers report seeing an impressive ROI. SAP HANA reviewers do not mention ROI.
  • Service and Support: Reviewers of both solutions give mixed reviews regarding the level of support they receive. Some users are satisfied, but others say that the support could be improved.

Comparison Results: Users of both solutions say they are high-performing and reliable. Oracle Database has a slight edge over SAP HANA in this comparison since it has a proven ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Oracle Database vs. SAP HANA report (Updated: September 2022).
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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"It is stable, and its performance is good. Its interface is also fine.""The solution has an endless capacity.""I am not an IT person. I am an end-user of this solution, and based on my experience, it is comfortable to work with. Everything is okay, and the data is timely available. It can also be easily integrated.""The database is very secure, robust, and scalable. It has all the features that you need, such as disaster recovery, replication, backup, etc. It comes with all the features.""One of the most valuable features is the stability.""The database performance. We can optimise the database for authorising expenditure and other resource-heavy functions.""The solution is very stable with the performance being very reliable.""The solution is stable."

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"SAP HANA's best features are its programmability and extensibility - you can size and shape the software however you need.""SAP HANA is vertically and horizontally scalable.""It's easy to use, and the Hana Studio is pretty good.""The main feature is that the processes are very flexible, they are able to be adapted to the business and their departments.""The most valuable feature of SAP HANA is the interaction it provides with external suppliers and clients.""It is difficult for me to narrow down what the best features are in SAP HANA because they work together to provide the overall functionality of the solution. However, the Fiori application is very good.""Using this solution has given us better details for reporting and analytics.""SAP HANA is a stable solution."

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"The security of the solution could be improved. It's an area that isn't as good as it could be.""The solution is not easy to use and maintain.""The initial setup is a bit complex.""The licensing cost could be better.""Oracle could improve the finance system.""There are a few errors for which Oracle doesn't provide detailed information. It doesn't clearly indicate the columns or lines for which we are getting an error. It would be better if they provide more detailed information for such errors.""The user interface could be better.""Their support portal requires a person to become well-trained in how to use it. They are pretty good at handling absolute critical emergencies, but with the exception of absolute critical emergencies, getting problems solved from their support system is difficult and takes a long time."

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"Unlike other databases, it lacks management features that legacy databases like Oracle or SQL servers have. They need to make the solution easier to manage and offer tools that make management more effective. A lot of things you have on traditional databases you have to develop into HANA.""It's a complex initial setup.""It would be nice to know when SAP plans to stop its maintenance of a previous version of SAP ECC ERP because, at this point, anyone utilizing SAP will have no choice but to go on S/4HANA Database.""The SAP ERP processes are quite complex and it can be challenging.""The installation process could be more straightforward.""Uses a large amount of RAM and is costly.""The product lacks some flexibility in its settings and configurations.""When we are using SAP HANA we have some difficulty with the customization. We would like to be able to add and make customized menus."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is very expensive. We pay in dollars, so the inflation and conversion cost is also there for us. They charge on a yearly basis for the license."
  • "Its price is already low. Oracle has a competitive and cheaper price as compared to others. Oracle Cloud is cheaper than other clouds. The pricing is very competitive for Oracle Cloud to be in the market. Their pricing makes customers interested in using this product even though Oracle doesn't have a local data center at this moment."
  • "They are pricing themselves out of the market."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "It's expensive. I would say that it is more expensive than other competing products."
  • "It's not cheap, but sometimes, you get what you pay for."
  • "We pay a yearly maintenance fee."
  • "It would be a benefit if there were different pricing levels to help different size businesses."
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  • "SAP HANA is an expensive product."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "Setup and licensing require planning and proper budgeting, as it is not cheap."
  • "The price of the solution could be reduced, it is expensive."
  • "The price of this product is good."
  • "We pay $200 on a monthly basis."
  • "The price is high and could be a bit cheaper."
  • "A monthly or yearly license must be purchased, although its utility will be based on the cost-benefit analysis that is reached by the individual customer."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:DB2 versus Oracle: - Table structure is different - Data structures - there are some differences including the data type, format and length.
    Top Answer:The most important features of Oracle Database are ease of use and high reliability. I also love the dynamic PL/SQL feature, which I use to generate custom and ad hoc reports.
    Top Answer:My company is an Oracle Gold Partner, so we proved licenses to the customers as well. The license price is listed globally on the Oracle site. It's basically license plus EMC.
    Top Answer:Some functions have good performance.
    Top Answer:I have no information on SAP HANA licensing costs.
    Top Answer:I think a lot of areas need improvement. There seem to be a lot of requirements. In Taiwan, we have a general universal invoice system in our government, and we need more support for this. I would… more »
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    Also Known As
    Oracle 12c, RDBMS
    SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance, HANA
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    Oracle Database 12c introduces a new multitenant architecture that makes it easy to consolidate many databases quickly and manage them as a cloud service. Oracle Database 12c also includes in-memory data processing capabilities for breakthrough analytical performance. Additional database innovations deliver new levels of efficiency, performance, security, and availability. Oracle Database 12c comes in two editions to fit your business needs and budget: Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition 2.

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    The SAP HANA platform helps you reimagine business by combining a robust database with services for creating innovative applications. It enables real-time business by converging trans-actions and analytics on one in-memory platform. Running on premise or in the cloud, SAP HANA untangles IT complexity, bringing huge savings in data management and empowering decision makers everywhere with new insight and predictive power.

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    Sample Customers
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    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Energy/Utilities Company19%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    Oracle Database vs. SAP HANA
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Database vs. SAP HANA and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Oracle Database is ranked 2nd in Relational Databases Tools with 137 reviews while SAP HANA is ranked 4th in Relational Databases Tools with 32 reviews. Oracle Database is rated 8.6, while SAP HANA is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Oracle Database writes "Gets the job done, doesn't fail, and suitable for massively scalable applications". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP HANA writes "Very robust solution with good data access". Oracle Database is most compared with SQL Server, IBM Db2 Database, MySQL, MariaDB and CockroachDB, whereas SAP HANA is most compared with SQL Server, MySQL, IBM Db2 Database, Apache Spark and Oracle Database In-Memory. See our Oracle Database vs. SAP HANA report.

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