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We performed a comparison between SAP HANA and SAP IQ based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"The functionality is of the solution is very good.""The solution is extremely stable. That's the most important aspect of the solution, for our organization. There is no downtime, and the performance is very good.""The solution is very stable.""The memory is the solution's most valuable feature. It's the main feature of HANA. Others are still the regular IT databases that are on storage and are therefore much slower than HANA. The solution is quite fast.""The solution is easy to manage enterprise resources and the reporting and analytics are including. It is good for company growth and all module are managed well.""It has a very huge bandwidth and data transfer.""Its in-memory capabilities are good, which is why many companies still use it.""What's most valuable in SAP HANA is that it covers the business process systems of my company. The solution also helps because it makes almost everything automated. Another valuable feature of SAP HANA is that it can be integrated with third parties and other enhancements needed by the company."

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"Valuable features for us include the compression, speed, fast response time, and easy object maintenance.""Unbeatable speed and compression with a colummn-structured relational database.""Columnar storage allows high compression, high load rates and high query performance.""It is very robust for ad hoc DW queries and its columnar compression is unique and valuable.""The primary benefit of SAP IQ is its ability to limit the expansion of the costly SAP HANA database, which has limited storage capacity. This necessitates a form of data management that involves moving data from SAP HANA to SAP NLS, which is essentially archiving. This allows us to retain access to the data via a link whenever it is required.""The column-based technologies (basically all the database for ITP) are used for SAP IQ. It is used as a column-based solution."

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"I think that the pricing is high and it needs improvement.""The solution needs to work on its performance and make it faster.""HANA could be improved by adding analytics and development models in the institution.""The solution could improve by having better migration flexibility. For example, it would be helpful if there was a way for customers could check their nonproduction and production deployments.""There could be better management for faster updates, last year there were some changes in India to the e-invoicing feature.""You cannot apply mulit-join inside the calculation views, for example, when you are joining tables.""I would like to see improvement on the feedback from the road-map; it is currently extremely hard to get insight in this area.""The only downside of the product is that it is an expensive solution that needs to consider lowering its prices to improve the product."

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"I think the universe should be part of the Sybase IQ tool set.""The room for improvement would be the marketing of the product, because this product is much better than advertised.""Multiplex is very problematic. There are consistency problems in the metadata, meaning it is possible to lose metadata consistency. You should make sure you have healthy backups.""Concurrency and functional error messaging.""The solution works best when combined with other SAP solutions. If the environment has other systems other options might be better.""The organization who owns the product does not support it well and appears not to be doing significant development for the future."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Set up a consortium of consulting partners and hardware vendors to define your tech. Landscape TCO (total cost of ownership) and then approach the OEM for pricing (on-premise or on cloud or a hybrid model). Check if you can bring your own licenses for some of the existing application licenses on the new platform, to reduce TCO."
  • "People who are technical will accept the cost, but financially they will assess whether this solution will bring them revenue or not. People often ask, how will I profit when the cost is so high?"
  • "It is expensive, which isn't a problem for us because SAP HANA is processing the data so fast."
  • "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."
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  • "Evaluate all options; check to see if you need expensive add-ons."
  • "Negotiate based on the features required."
  • "Negotiation is very important."
  • "The only costs after standard licensing fees are for add-ons and upgrades."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Based on my work with SAP HANA, the biggest benefit that it can bring to your business is total data management. This product is by SAP - a company that serves almost all needs a client may have… more »
    Top Answer:We have been using SAP HANA for a fairly short period of time and have only taken advantage of their customer support. So far, we have not had issues that required specialized help from technical… more »
    Top Answer:SAP HANA is fairly easy to set up, however, I do not think a complete beginner can do it. You certainly need some preparation - either you need to have experience with similar solutions, or with other… more »
    Top Answer:The primary benefit of SAP IQ is its ability to limit the expansion of the costly SAP HANA database, which has limited storage capacity. This necessitates a form of data management that involves… more »
    Top Answer:The solution’s pricing is high, but coverage is good with high implementation with customer requirements.
    Top Answer:The product should add more business intelligence factors.
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    Also Known As
    SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance, HANA
    Sybase IQ
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    SAP HANA, also known as SAP High-performance Analytics Appliance, is a multi-model database that stores data in its memory, allowing users to avoid disk storage. The product combines its robust database with services for creating applications. SAP HANA is faster than other database management systems (DBMS) because it stores data in column-based tables in main memory and brings online analytical processing (OLAP) and online transaction processing (OLTP) together.

    The column-oriented in-memory database design allows users to run high-speed transactions alongside advanced analytics, all in a single system. This provides companies with the ability to process very large amounts of data with low latency and query data in an instant. By combining multiple data management capabilities, the solution simplifies IT, helps businesses with innovations, and facilitates digital transformation.

    The solution is structured into five groups of capabilities, categorized as:

    • Database design
    • Database management
    • Application development
    • Advanced analytics
    • Data virtualization

    There are three more SAP products that work alongside SAP HANA and complete the experience for users together. SAP S/4HANA Cloud is a ready-to-run cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP). SAP BW/4HANA is a packaged data warehouse, based on SAP HANA, which allows users to consolidate data across the enterprise to get a consistent view of their data. Finally, SAP Cloud is a single database as a service (DBaaS) foundation for modern applications and analytics across all enterprise data. All three products can combine with SAP HANA to deliver to users an optimized experience regarding their data.

    SAP HANA Features

    Each architectural group of capabilities of SAP HANA has various features that users can benefit from. These include:

    • Parallel processing database: SAP HANA utilizes a single platform to run transactional and analytical workloads.

    • ACID compliance: This feature ensures compliance with requirements for Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, and Durability (ACID) standards.

    • Multi-tenancy: This feature allows multiple tenant databases to run in one system while sharing the same memory and processors.

    • Multi-tier storage and persistent memory support: SAP HANA's native storage extension is a built-in capability to manage between memory and persistent storage, including SAP HANA Cloud Data Lake.

    • Scaling: The scaling feature supports terabytes of data in a single server and distributes large tables across multiple servers in a cluster to scale further.

    • Data modeling: This feature consists of graphical modeling tools that enable collaboration between stakeholders and the creation of models to execute complex business logic and data transformation in real time.

    • Stored procedures: The product has a native language to build stored procedures and uses advanced capabilities to create complex logic.

    • Administration: This feature consists of administration tools for various platform lifecycle, performance, and management operations and automations.

    • Security: SAP HANA provides its users with real-time data anonymization features to extract value from data while protecting privacy.

    • Availability and recovery: The tool supports high availability and disaster recovery through an array of techniques, including backup, storage mirroring, synchronous, asynchronous, and multitarget system replication.

    • Extended application services: Through its built-in application server, users can develop services such as REST and ODATA, as well as web applications that can run on multiple locations.

    • Client access: The product offers clients the ability to access it via other application platforms and languages, including Java, JavaScript, R, and Go.

    • Application lifecycle management: This set of features facilitates the building and packaging of applications, transporting them for development to test to production, and then deploying them.

    • Application development: This feature consists of a set of tools that offer application development on premises and in the Cloud. The programming language ABAP includes additional optimized features to build extensions to SAP applications.

    • Search: The search feature uses SQL to locate text promptly across multiple columns and textual content.

    • Spatial processing: This product feature provides native support for spatial data types and spatial functions.

    • Graph: Through this feature, users of the product can store and process highly connected data using a property graph.

    • Streaming analytics: This feature combines various data sources that users can utilize to discover trends over a set period.

    • Data integration and replication: The solution offers comprehensive features to handle all data integration scenarios.

    • Data federation: This feature allows users to perform queries on remote data sources in real time with data federation.

    • Caching: The capacity to cache data provides users with the ability to optimize federated queries against remote sources of data.

    SAP HANA Benefits

    SAP HANA provides many benefits for its users. These include:

    • This solution offers a high level of data and application security, beginning from a secure setup and providing continuous support.

    • SAP HANA offers augmentation for applications and analytics with built-in machine learning (ML).

    • The solution works in a timely manner, as it provides a response to queries within seconds in large production applications.

    • SAP HANA simplifies work, as it provides a single gateway to all user data with advanced data virtualization.

    • The product is very flexible, as it allows users to deploy applications in a public or private cloud, in multiple clouds, on premises, or hybrid.

    • SAP HANA scales easily for data volume and concurrent users across a distributed environment.

    • This is a powerful solution in terms of querying large datasets with a massively parallel processing (MPP) database.

    • SAP HANA is a versatile product that supports hybrid transactional and analytical processing as well as many data types.

    • The product provides a smaller data footprint with no data duplication or advanced compression, and reduces data silos.

    Reviews from Real Users

    According to a database consultant at a pharma/biotech company, SAP HANA is a very robust solution with good data access.

    Bruno V., owner at LAVORO AUTOM INF E COM LTDA, likes SAP HANA because the product offers advanced features, helps reduce hours, and makes it easy to find what you need.

    SAP® IQ software delivers speed and power for extreme-scale enterprise data warehousing and analytics. Its column-oriented, grid-based massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture and patented data compression and indexing technologies enable companies to exploit the value of huge amounts of data at the speed of business.

    Sample Customers
    Unilever, NHS 24, adidas Group, CHIO Aachen, Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited
    ASR Group, Citrix, State of Indiana, PocketCard Co. Ltd.
    Top Industries
    Manufacturing Company15%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Comms Service Provider6%
    Financial Services Firm55%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Insurance Company9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Financial Services Firm36%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise78%
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    SAP HANA is ranked 3rd in Relational Databases Tools with 40 reviews while SAP IQ is ranked 21st in Relational Databases Tools with 2 reviews. SAP HANA is rated 8.4, while SAP IQ is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of SAP HANA writes "Good integration capabilities, easy to implement, and reliable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP IQ writes "Easy to use, highly stable, but integration could improve". SAP HANA is most compared with Oracle Database, SQL Server, MySQL, IBM Db2 Database and MariaDB, whereas SAP IQ is most compared with Snowflake, Apache Hadoop, SQL Server, SAP BW4HANA and SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise.

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