SAP has announced the release of service pack 10 (SP10) for HANA, introducing Internet of Things (IoT) and big data features into the in-memory database management platform.
SP10 offers the ability to synchronise data between enterprises and remote locations on the edge of an IT network, which effectively allows data from IoT devices to be fed back into a centralised HANA platform.
Developers can take this new capability and build IoT and data-intensive mobile apps that can stream data to HANA from remote locations.
This is achieved through SAP's SQL Anywhere suite, which allows databases to be embedded into devices on the edge of an IT network so that enterprise-grade IoT data can be harvested and channelled into HANA for analysis.
The embeddable databases allow for collected data to be stored on a device, meaning it is not lost when internet connectivity is severed or intermittent.
This means in practice that a company's central headquarters can better pull data from remote places, such as workers in the field operating from smartphones.
Big data boost
SP10 expands on the smart data integration capabilities of HANA to make use of all the data streaming from network-connected devices in and beyond an enterprise, allowing the platform to work more efficiently with data sets based in the latest versions of Hadoop, Cloudera and Hortonworks.
SP10 also adds faster data transfer with the Spark SQL cluster computing framework, and offers a single user interface for HANA and Hadoop cluster administration using Apache Ambari.
A new rules-based data movement feature allows data to be shifted between different storage tiers based on a company's requirements.
For example, a company can opt to keep a year's worth of data in the HANA in-memory databases, and push older data to disk-based storage or less regularly accessed Hadoop clusters.
New smart data quality capabilities added in SP10 help to clean collected data and merge duplicated samples, providing more confidence in the quality of the data being harvested and processed for analytics.
Quentin Clark, chief technology officer at SAP, explained that SP10 adds additional capabilities alongside the ability to manage IoT and big data workloads.
"The new capabilities of SAP HANA ensure data centre readiness, synchronise data to any remote system, extend high availability and disaster recovery of enterprise data, and perform advanced analytics. We are readying our customers for the inevitable digitisation of our entire economy," he said.
Analytics and apps
SAP also revealed new features for its Predictive Analytics software in a move to expand the breadth of the firm's data analytics portfolio.
Predictive Analytics 2.2 adds the ability to glean insights from wide data sets, along with data streamed from IoT devices and other big data sources.
SAP claimed that the software has been tweaked to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of predictive modelling, allowing insight to be extracted from the analytics process in real time.
Predictive Analytics 2.2 also gains better integration with SAP's product ecosystem, with improved connections to HANA and the Business Warehouse application.
SAP also launched a Cloud for Planning mobile app, which offers a collaboration tool with embedded analytics. This allows work plans to be discussed remotely through a simple user interface designed to mimic those of familiar consumer applications.
Under SAP's ‘Run Simple' strategy, the firm is improving its product portfolio with capabilities that expand its reach across a range of enterprise sectors and industries.
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