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What is SAP HANA?

Deployable on premise or in the cloud, SAP HANA is the in-memory computing platform that lets you accelerate business processes, deliver more business intelligence, and simplify your IT environment. By providing the foundation for all your data needs, SAP HANA removes the burden of maintaining separate legacy systems and siloed data, so you can run live and make better business decisions in the new digital economy.

With SAP HANA 2, our next-generation platform, IT departments can break free from time-consuming database and data management tasks – and shift their focus to technology innovation. Application developers can use SAP HANA 2 to deliver smart applications that leverage advanced analytic processing and empower all users – employees, customers, and partners – with deeper insight into any data, from anywhere. And with cloud-based microservices that extend analytic intelligence to spatial and text data, it becomes easier to deliver insight-driven solutions that improve decision-making and business results.

How does SAP HANA work?

SAP HANA combines an ACID-compliant database with application services, high-speed analytics, and flexible data acquisition tools in a single, in-memory platform. As an in-memory database, SAP HANA stores and retrieves data used by applications. It can also act as a modern-day warehouse, integrating data from a wide variety of data sources with live transactional data to deliver up-to-date insights. Built-in application services support the development and deployment of new business apps that exploit data from the digital highway and leverage advanced data processing – text search and analytics, predictive analytics, spatial data processing, graph data processing, and streaming analytics – to deliver deeper insight from Big Data and the Internet of Things at unprecedented speed.  

Key benefits and capabilities

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SAP HANA transforms database management. It processes transactions and analytics in-memory on a single data copy – to deliver real-time insights from live data. It also simplifies operations with modern tools and a secure, rock-solid foundation.
SAP HANA transforms data management. The platform embeds data virtualization (including integration, federation and replication) and quality capabilities to rapidly access and analyze data from any source – effectively eliminating silos.
SAP HANA transforms analytic intelligence. It delivers advanced data processing for text, spatial, graph, and series data in one system. Plus, it provides deeper insights with powerful predictive analysis and machine learning capabilities.
SAP HANA transforms app development. The next-gen platform offers flexible development and deployment tools to help you quickly prototype, validate, build, and deliver smart and modern applications that run on premise or in the cloud.

Choice Technologies: Fight fraud with

To learn more, watch the 3-minute video to see how SAP HANA helps Choice Technologies identify patterns that may represent fraud or threat and save its clients millions of dollars.

Innovate and modernize with SAP HANA

Accelerate business processes, deliver more intelligence, and simplify your IT environment with SAP HANA – the Next-Generation platform for digital insights.
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Why in-memory computing enables business innovation

Listen to the Gartner webcast by Donald Feinberg on the challenges companies face today with an exponential growth of information in this new digital economy and how companies are adopting in-memory computing to enable real-time business.

Innovating with real-time data and insights with SAP HANA

Learn how organizations have found numerous ways to create value through real-time analytical insights and deliver higher-value business apps and services with SAP HANA.

Gain value from solutions that leverage

Enhance your data and application management capabilities by extending the functionality of SAP HANA on premise, in the cloud, and in Hadoop.
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Built on SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA is a next-generation business suite designed to help customers thrive in the digital era. Digitize and simplify your processes – and provide a personalized user experience with the SAP Fiori UX.


  • Support innovation with reimagined business models
  • Choose your preferred deployment – cloud, on premise, or hybrid
  • Reduce TCO and increase flexibility


SAP HANA Vora is an in-memory, massively distributed data processing engine that allows you to analyze Big Data stored in Hadoop. Use it to gain real-time, relevant insights that support faster and more informed decisions.
  • Process and analyze Big Data in Hadoop
  • Correlate Hadoop and SAP HANA data
  • Organize massive volumes of unstructured data


SAP BW/4HANA is an integrated data warehouse solution optimized to fully leverage the SAP HANA in-memory platform. SAP BW/4HANA dramatically simplifies development, administration and user interface of your data warehouse resulting in enhanced business agility. 
  • Simplify your data warehouse architecture
  • Integrate SAP and non-SAP apps and data into one logical data warehouse
  • Built for on premise and the cloud   

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Explore our customer success stories

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Covenant Transportation Group

Discover how a U.S. trucking firm has reduced driver attrition in an industry with an annual turnover rate of over 100% by relying on SAP Predictive Analytics with SAP HANA. Read how the software has also enabled the company to improve talent development and safety, while achieving a six-month return on investment.


SAP Margin Assurance solution on SAP HANA has enabled Vodafone to obtain a granular view of customer profitability, and provide fast detailed analytical capabilities, in order to deliver significant value to the business. Vodafone is now able to identify tens of millions of previously unidentified revenue leakage points.

City of Cape Town

SAP solutions have provided one integrated public safety solution – Emergency Policing and Incident Command (EPIC) – that facilitates operation and data sharing for fire and rescue, traffic, metro police, law enforcement, disaster risk management, and the special investigative unit in Cape Town, South Africa.

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