2019-07-28T07:34:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What advice do you have for others considering SAP HANA?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering SAP HANA, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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MB
Independent Consultant at Bosch&Cia
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-10-14T21:06:12Z
Oct 14, 2022

I am a client as well as a consultant. In both enterprises that I am responsible for, we bought SAP Business One for HANA. We are in the process of installing HANA 2.0. It's a good investment. I'd rate the solution ten out of ten.

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SA
Country Manager at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 10
2022-09-23T16:55:56Z
Sep 23, 2022

We're a potential SAP partner. We are using SAP HANA in Italy. We're using the latest version there. That said, in Saudi Arabia, we are not using SAP HANA. They're using the older version. We have remote access. I'd recommend the solution to others. SAP is a very powerful tool. I would rate it nine out of ten.

SG
Sr Regional Manager at Wipro Limited
Real User
Top 20
2022-08-26T12:49:00Z
Aug 26, 2022

We would give the product an overall rating of nine out of 10. We have an entirely SAP family, which makes it easy to manage and support. The customer opened its first, and we are doing multiple instances of SAP ECC implementations for the rest of the small countries in APAC, the Middle East, and Africa. Around 175 to 250 people use the solution at every level of the customer's organization. We will be providing maintenance for the next five years. My advice would be to explore and play with the different systems available in the market. But, ultimately, look for a system with a brand, broad user usability, and support. For instance, my customer wanted to explore an open-source ERP. We persuaded him to go with SAP, primarily because they have the expertise. They adhere to the best policies. They offer support, etc. If you don't have all this, don't explore freebies. Go for a licensed version, recommended globally, and highly rated by Gartner or various research and consulting firms.

George Mukira - PeerSpot reviewer
ICT Consultant at Spring Training & Consulting
Real User
Top 10
2022-08-04T14:11:48Z
Aug 4, 2022

My advice to others is for them to do a lot of research and training before they decided to go live with the solution. I rate SAP HANA an eight out of ten.

JH
Consultant at NTT Data
Real User
Top 20
2022-08-04T12:14:15Z
Aug 4, 2022

On the basis of my experience, SAP HANA is better than other solutions. I would recommend SAP HANA, and on a scale from one to ten, I would give it a rating of eight.

KK
Manager, Development, SAP Solutions at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
2022-06-09T06:26:19Z
Jun 9, 2022

I would recommend SAP HANA solution for ERP but not necessarily for analytics. There is no other solution that can provide the value added that we get from SAP, despite the challenges. I rate this solution nine out of 10.

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Architect at Ernst & Young
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-06-07T10:05:52Z
Jun 7, 2022

I rate this solution eight out of 10.

Narasimhan Jayavel - PeerSpot reviewer
Associate Consultant at Emerging Alliance
Consultant
Top 10
2022-05-08T05:53:33Z
May 8, 2022

We deploy the solution mostly on-premises and sometimes on the cloud. When we use the cloud, we usually use the AWS cloud. I'd warn new users that it might be difficult the initial time they use it if they are changing their ERP, however,t it'll be very helpful in the future if they're using it frequently. I'd rate the entire product an eight out of ten. There are other well-known ERPs, such as Salesforce, and companies expect to have the same features. However, not everything may be on SAP, and that's something they need to work on.

DM
Manager of Government and Data Quality at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-02-16T17:29:00Z
Feb 16, 2022

I'd rate SAP HANA as nine out of ten.

BV
Owner at LAVORO AUTOM INF E COM LTDA
Real User
Top 10
2022-01-12T16:59:57Z
Jan 12, 2022

I'm a partner and consultant. I'm not sure which version of the product I am on. I'd advise new users that it's important to first find a solution that can understand the culture that's involved inside this solution. Sometimes people think that ERP software like SAP are magical things that you just install it and it makes life easier. It doesn't work like this. You need to have the culture, you have to have this knowledge. You need to understand how it works and how much it requires from you. It requires more than you think. It doesn't work like magic. I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten. It's very good, however, there's always room for improvement.

RS
Head- IT at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-11-17T13:46:18Z
Nov 17, 2021

There are 40,000-plus users making use of the solution in our organization. I rate SAP HANA as an eight out of ten.

YS
Head-IT/SAP at Barista Coffee Company Ltd.
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-11-10T17:42:38Z
Nov 10, 2021

I rate SAP HANA a ten out of ten.

Imran Hafeez - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Information Technology Manager at a educational organization with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-10-26T13:24:37Z
Oct 26, 2021

I would recommend this solution to others. I rate SAP HANA a six out of ten.

DY
Account Executive at Insight
Real User
Top 10
2021-10-07T05:40:25Z
Oct 7, 2021

It's important to plan and then plan again before implementing. If you don't plan properly, you will fail. The solution requires planning the implementation, making sure your company is the right size for the product. If you're an SMB, this might not be the right product for you. It might cost you more than you think. If you're enterprise size, you should look at getting into SAP, because it is the right solution. It's a solid product despite some minor issues - if SAP were to fix them it would raise the level of the solution. As a user, I rate the solution eight out of 10.

RS
Assistant Vice President at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-08-19T11:59:33Z
Aug 19, 2021

I recommend this solution but running SAP HANA requires deep pockets - it's costly. I rate this solution eight out of 10.

FH
SAP Basis Consultant at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-07-01T21:27:20Z
Jul 1, 2021

This product covers almost everything, and it's scalable and very innovative. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate SAP HANA at nine.

IF
CEO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-06-04T19:00:00Z
Jun 4, 2021

The solution is cloud based I would recommend S/4HANA to other users. I rate SAP HANA as a nine out of ten.

SS
Senior Engineering Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-05-11T23:04:19Z
May 11, 2021

I am not an expert in HANA. I build the enterprise bus that integrates with SAP HANA as well as other systems. We have built our own integrated platforms. The recommendation of this solution would depend on the use case and the requirements, and the price will be considered. I would rate SAP HANA an eight out of ten.

RK
Project Manager at a logistics company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-04-05T19:05:26Z
Apr 5, 2021

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

GK
Vice President at StarTek
Real User
Top 10
2021-02-19T15:56:58Z
Feb 19, 2021

I do recommend this solution but at the same time, it is expensive. The cost will not be able to be afforded by everyone such as medium and small scale businesses. I rate SAP HANA an eight out of ten.

VA
Datawarehouse Lead | Data Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-02-14T18:20:00Z
Feb 14, 2021

I would have rated the solution higher if this version was not missing some key features the newer version has. We are going to continue to use the solution. I rate SAP HANA an eight out of ten.

NS
Database Consultant at a pharma/biotech company
Consultant
Top 10
2020-12-23T13:55:00Z
Dec 23, 2020

I would recommend SAP HANA. No doubt I would definitely recommend it. But the thing is, if I adopt SAP HANA, my total cost of ownership in terms of having a functional consultant, as well as a HANA admin, would increase. I should first find a balance and analyze the data, "Do I really want to have HANA? What benefit will I have if I have HANA at my premises? And if I want to cut cost but also get the benefits of HANA, will the cloud option of HANA cater to my needs?" All those questions. That is the company analysis I should do: what do they do differently? But many companies will be driven by the business needs, but at the same time some companies will also be driven by factors like the existing relationship with other vendors, like Oracle or SQL Server, and the kind of discounts they get when they buy that product. All those things will be there as driving factors. To answer your question, I would definitely recommend SAP HANA to anyone. High availability and disaster recovery are very poor in HANA. High availability is measured on the barometer of RPO and RTO. RPO stands for recovery point objective, RTO stands for recovery time objective. The graph in which these two factors will be measured is from the five nines, the seven nines, or the three nines, that kind of factor. But it is a factor of my high availability. 99.9% of my database is available or 99.99999999%, giving a chance of 0.0001% for some kind of availability failure is because of natural disaster or some kind of electrical failures or something like that. So those are the factors you have to see for high availability. My SAP HANA, technically, can withstand those calamities and recover itself from that disaster. That is called high availability. That high availability is there, but it is very, very, very minimal. If you're talking about high availability of HANA in actual high availability markets compared to Oracle and other RDBMS, HANA is a small child. If you remember when Microsoft SQL Server came into the RDBS market back in the year 1997, when they introduced the SQL 97, then they introduced the SQL 2000, SQL 2005. At that time, they introduced the high availability called Windows Cluster log shipping, mirroring the application. At that time, in 2007 and 2008, Oracle introduced RAC, Real Application Clusters. Compared to the features of real application clusters, the Microsoft product was a small child. And Microsoft took that as a challenge and they improved and they improved. And in 2012 they introduced something called Always On. Always On is an improved version of high availability in SQL Server. HANA has to do that kind of stuff. HANA's high availability is immature. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate SAP HANA an eight.

Nam Doan - PeerSpot reviewer
Java Software Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Leaderboard
2020-11-26T19:14:00Z
Nov 26, 2020

I would rate SAP HANA a nine out of ten. Not a ten because of the price.

Rmegio Lawag - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Department Manager at Direcbusiness Technologies, Inc.
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
2020-11-10T09:31:12Z
Nov 10, 2020

We definitely plan to keep implementing this product in the future and I can recommend it. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

AG
CEO at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2020-10-30T06:19:27Z
Oct 30, 2020

I would recommend this solution. We plan to continue using this solution for our clients. I would rate SAP HANA an eight out of ten.

AG
CEO at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2020-10-29T12:21:54Z
Oct 29, 2020

SAP HANA is a good product and I can recommend it. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

it_user657090 - PeerSpot reviewer
Head IT at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2020-09-21T06:33:00Z
Sep 21, 2020

We're just a customer. We don't have a business relationship with SAP HANA. I'd rate the solution around nine out of ten. It's practically perfect. It's a great solution and I would recommend it. There's some configuration that needs to happen at the outset, however, after that, there isn't much dependency on the technical side, which makes it very user-friendly for companies.

AP
Software Engineer - Data at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2020-09-21T06:33:00Z
Sep 21, 2020

I'm not really part of the decision making team or the architecture team. I do not know if my organization has a business relationship with SAP or not. I'd rate the solution five out of ten. In the case of enterprise projects, I've heard that SAP HANA is used very widely. I would say, in general, it would be good to explore other alternatives, and not just go with HANA. It would be good to explore big data alternatives that are out there. They might be a better fit. Databricks these days seems to be quite popular. It might be an interesting alternative for some organizations. Depending on the use case, I'd recommend that other alternatives should be considered. If it's a reporting solution that people are building, which is using a lot of SAP internal data, then SAP HANA is a good option. Otherwise, other alternatives are out there.

Ali Mirnia - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Executive Officer at Redment
Real User
2020-09-17T08:05:56Z
Sep 17, 2020

We are a customer. We don't have a professional relationship with SAP. SAP HANA is not just a memory database, it's a big platform. It's a very, very safe database. It's a very safe database and the performance is very, very good for an in-memory database. For example, sometimes we use Oracle databases 18C or 19C. The data is in the memory, however, when data is running, it's very slow, due to the fact that all data is in the memory and you need to and go to write disk. Sometimes when the data is very large, we might scale up our approach, and, in the scale-up approach, sometimes it is slow in HANA. That said, the scale-up approach is very, very good. SAP has got one problem. When you start the database, all data from the tool's memory takes a very long time. We've found that IBM's non-volatile memory is better than internal memory. New users just need to be aware of that. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. The solution, overall, has fantastic performance, however, the cost makes it really hard for us to keep using it.

Ali Mirnia - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Executive Officer at Redment
Real User
2020-09-16T08:18:29Z
Sep 16, 2020

We're just a customer. We don't have a business relationship with SAP. We're using the latest version of the solution. We use an on-premises version and e have a private cloud in our company. I'd recommend the solution. If you have, for example, a huge project that's kind of a unique, scalable database I recommend SAP HANA for it. It's easy to use and handles more RAM. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten.

LA
Process Mining Data Scientist (CELONIS) at a consumer goods company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2020-09-01T05:25:11Z
Sep 1, 2020

It is an SAP tool. Therefore, replicating the data from SAP to HANA is easy because it provides a high-performance area without overworking the SAP site. Working with big data is really nice in the SAP HANA database. I would rate SAP HANA a seven out of ten. I took some points because of the pricing, user experience, and stability issues.

AllaShlafir - PeerSpot reviewer
Development & ERP Technologies Department Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-11-28T06:06:00Z
Nov 28, 2019

We use the on-premises deployment model. I'd advise others to wait until the software will be much more stable before implementing it. I'd rate it eight out of ten. If it was more stable and more manageable, I'd rate it higher. If people could have the ability to do things on their own within the solution, to read the software logs on their own, and get the root cause of any problem, and not just send it to the support, it would be much better.

Vinayak Shenoy Katarsal - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Consultant at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Consultant
2019-11-27T05:42:00Z
Nov 27, 2019

We use the on-premises deployment model. I'd recommend the solution. It's a very good product to learn and it's easy to use once you have an understanding of the technology. It's a nice product to work on. I'd rate it eight out of ten.

IK
Consultant Application Manager at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Consultant
2019-10-16T06:52:00Z
Oct 16, 2019

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

NM
Consultant at a mining and metals company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Consultant
2019-10-13T05:48:00Z
Oct 13, 2019

I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. Right now, they say the solution is S4 HANA, but, not everything on there is S4 HANA, so it is kind of confusing that they say that they're moving us to S4 HANA, but we are not really on it. Because of that, we're not 100% happy. Once everything is properly moved over, it might be better.

Natra Vijaya - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Solution Manager Consultant at Sfource AG
Real User
2019-10-03T07:51:00Z
Oct 3, 2019

On a scale from one to ten, I rate this solution an eight. In the future I would like to see the response time of the application being much faster than it currently is. The response time on a task should be faster so that we don't have to wait for 10 seconds each time.

RamyShaaban - PeerSpot reviewer
Section Head at a energy/utilities company
Real User
2019-09-23T06:33:00Z
Sep 23, 2019

The biggest lesson learned was that we started late. We all should have started earlier. Out of ten, I would rate this solution as eleven.

George Mukira - PeerSpot reviewer
ICT Consultant at Spring Training & Consulting
Real User
Top 10
2019-09-22T06:41:00Z
Sep 22, 2019

The main lesson is the importance of ERP capability, stability, and speed. The other lesson is about knowledge transfer because that is how you learn. At the end of the day, I like it because it's one of the affordable ERP systems. I would rate is as eight of ten.

it_user1018257 - PeerSpot reviewer
Test Manager (global) at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-08-26T06:42:00Z
Aug 26, 2019

We're moving away from HANA and currently implementing a new solution which is not yet productive. Only the first part of it has become productive and I can't really say whether it's better or worse. During testing, we can see it's faster than HANA and provides the same data which is promising. I would restrain myself from providing any recommendations because that might give a false impression. I would not recommend SAP HANA because it has some issues with the speed and scalability of the size. It's also extremely expensive. It's probably the most expensive solution of all and you could expect more from it. On the other hand, we don't have much experience with other solutions yet, so it will be very difficult to provide a real recommendation. I would rate it a seven out of ten.

EV
SAP Consultant at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
Consultant
2019-07-29T10:11:00Z
Jul 29, 2019

We do not use the HANA features, for example, embedded scripts. This is something that we may use in the future. My advice to anybody looking to implement a relational database is to use Oracle, rather than HANA. HANA consultants are very rare and therefore costly. My testing has also shown that Oracle in memory is much faster than HANA. This is a good solution, but the vendor inaccurately promises that the database is ten-thousand times faster than Oracle. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

AA
Technical manager at SAFE-SAS
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2019-07-28T07:34:00Z
Jul 28, 2019

The SAP portfolio is huge. It covers all industries and fields. It is very wide horizontally or vertically. It has modules for all industries, fields, and for all departments: accounts, HR, production, they have a solution for each industry and for each department in any organization. There are some applications that are very sensitive to the delay or the latency so for these types of applications I would recommend SAP HANA. However, if these are not concerns, there may be other database technologies that would be more cost-effective than HANA. I would rate this solution eight out of ten.

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