SAP's big data analytics Hana technology will be available for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) later this year.
Firms will be able to integrate Hana with SAP's Business One, Business-All-In-One and the BusinessObjects Edge Business Intelligence (BI) applications to improve the BI data their staff receive from Crystal Reports, SAP said.
SAP said Hana for SMBs will be supplied to channel partners from the end of this month, and will be available to customers later this year.
"The SMB sector is an important sector for us. We no longer want these customers to avert their innovation journey," said SAP global ecosystems and channels president, Eric Duffaut.
"Hana will enpower them with real-time analytics and productivity enhancements. They will be able to bring unstructured data together from any source and do real-time computing."
SAP launched the Hana database, which is designed to analyse millions of records in seconds, in December 2010 for enterprise customers wanting to perform big data analytics.
In November 2011, SAP chief information officer Oliver Bussman told V3 that the company had 10 customers worldwide working with Hana. Although the company set aggressive growth targets at the same time, it has not released any information on the numbers of customers using the product since.
In related news, SAP has released a number of enhancements to its Business Suite 7 software for enterprises, including side panels that will host analytics data.
Based on the SAP Netweaver platform, Business Suite is a bundle of integrated applications, including enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM).
Enhancement packages are available to customers so they can adapt the applications as they need.
The software stack also now carries a number of simplifications that will allow customers to better manage the applications. These include a new user interface to the Enterprise Asset Management application, making it easier for maintenance workers to carry out their daily tasks.
The Supply Network Collaboration application has also been enhanced so that suppliers can better analyse their performance and the Travel Management application has been simplified to ease receipt management and reimbursement processes.
Rosalie Marshall is the special projects editor and chief reporter at V3. Previously she was a reporter for IT Week and channel editor for online television site LocalGov.tv. Rosalie covers government IT, business applications, IT skills, open source technology and social networks.