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Turn Big Data into your biggest ally – with our columnar analytics database

Transform your business and enhance in-the-moment decision making with SAP IQ (formerly Sybase IQ). This columnar relational database management system (RDBMS) is highly optimised for Big Data analytics. Leverage SAP IQ's extreme scalability and robust security features for enterprise data warehouse (EDW) use cases - and get unprecedented insights in a data-intensive world.


Because the relational database software delivers maximum speed and power for extreme-scale enterprise data warehousing and Big Data analytics all with dramatic affordability and efficiency. With SAP IQ you can:

  • Exploit the value of massive volumes of data without disruptions or cost increases
  • Gain a more accurate picture of business performance and market dynamics
  • Empower your people with the insights they need, when they need them

Read the solution brief

Learn how SAP IQ can simplify the lives of business users and IT staff:

Functional Capabilities
  • Simplify IT by unifying all sources of data
  • Accelerate extreme-scale data warehousing – affordably
  • Improve the performance of user-driven workloads
  • Keep data private with robust database security and efficient administration
  • Help ensure the availability of business-critical data
  • Tap into Big Data more efficiently with in-database analytics
Technical Capabilities
  • Market-leading disk-based, column-oriented analytics platform
  • Both shared-everything and shared-nothing options for massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture
  • Enhanced column store with extreme compression
  • High-performance data loading for low-latency operational analytics

System requirements for SAP IQ

System and software requirements vary according to specific customer scenarios – please refer to the SAP IQ Sizing Guide for details. Also, please see the Product Availability Matrix for the latest information on updates and releases.

Operating Systems AIX 64, HP-UX on IA64, Linux on IA64, Linux on POWER, Linux on X86_64, Solaris for X64, Solaris / Sparc 64, Windows Client 64-BIT, Windows for X86_64

Licensing and purchasing options for SAP IQ

The modular structure of SAP IQ allows you to license and pay for only the functionality that you require at any given time. Start with the packages and licenses your organisation needs right now, and add more functionality as your needs evolve. SAP IQ can be deployed on premise or in the cloud, and is now offered on Amazon Marketplace.

Download your 30-day free trial of SAP IQ – and experience the analytics power of the extreme-scale columnar relational database management system (RDBMS) firsthand.

Contact your local SAP account executive for additional licensing and purchasing options.


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For general licensing information, consult Licensing SAP Software: A Guide for Buyers 

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Ensure a successful implementation and maximise your ROI with information resources that support the different phases of SAP IQ – from planning and installation to operation.


Plan your installation

Refer to SAP IQ Installation Guide* for important information about installation and upgrade planning.

Confirm that you have a license key

To request permanent license keys, you need authorisation under myProfile*. To extend your authorisation, please contact an SAP user administrator*.

Download the software

Visit the SAP Support Portal* to download the SAP IQ software installation package.


Need additional help with your implementation?
Contact SAP Digital Business Services or SAP Enterprise Support services


Find an SAP partner to help with your implementation

Complete the installation steps
Refer to Master Guide: SAP IQ for a step-by-step overview of the installation process, including a list of required tools and associated documentation.
Installation and upgrade instructions
Find out how to perform a full installation of SAP IQ on all supported operating systems.
Deployment planning
Learn more about SAP IQ – features, concepts, components, and licensing options – with these deployment planning guides.
Install the CRM groupware connector
Consult the Performance and Tuning Guide for instructions on configuring SAP IQ.

Need additional help with your implementation?
Contact SAP Digital Business Services or SAP Enterprise Support services


Find an SAP partner to help with your implementation


Manage your SAP applications

Refer to Application Operations Guide: SAP IQ* to learn how to manage, maintain, and run your SAP applications at peak performance.

Ensure the security of SAP IQ

Download the SAP IQ Security Guide for important information on ensuring the security of your software.


Need additional help with your implementation?
Contact SAP Digital Business Services or SAP Enterprise Support services


Find an SAP partner to help with your implementation


Enhance your knowledge of SAP IQ

View the SAP IQ training and certification catalogue of instructor-led courses and e-courses – and train when and where it’s convenient for you.


Stay up-to-date with our learning maps

Consultants, get role-specific learning maps with SAP implementation and operation information. These online knowledge products cover our latest products and upgrades.



Need expert guidance with your educational needs? Learn how education consulting services from SAP can help



Plan and carry out a successful upgrade to the latest release of SAP IQ – so you can take advantage of the new features and capabilities right away.


Identify the upgrade paths

Download the Product Availability Matrix to review upgrade paths for SAP IQ.

Download the matrix now*

Plan your upgrade

The Upgrade Master Guide contains important information about SAP IQ upgrade planning.

Read the guide*

Plan landscape changes

The Landscape Planner lets you visualise your existing system landscape, simulate changes, and analyse the impact.

Use the planner*




Identify dependencies

Use the Upgrade Dependency Analyser to determine if your upgrade will have an impact on your other systems.

Access the analyser


Size the implementation

Use the Web-based Quick Sizing guide to help you select an economically balanced system based on your requirements.

Open the SAP IQ sizing guide



View the product road map
Refer to the SAP IQ road map to see how the technology is planned to progress over time.

Complete the upgrade steps

Refer to the SAP IQ Upgrade Master Guide for an overview of the upgrade process, including a list of required tools and associated documentation. 

View the guide*

Ask the Community

Visit the SAP IQ community for the latest technology news and updates. Ask questions, post comments, and discuss issues.

Visit the community


Need additional help with your upgrade? Contact SAP Digital Business Services or SAP Enterprise Support services


Find an SAP partner to help with your upgrade


Get the support you need to keep SAP IQ running at peak performance. Our experts can help you maximise the value of your software, take advantage of new business models and capabilities, and more.

Troubleshoot and Maintain

SAP Support Portal: Search our knowledge base, log incidents, and more.

SAP Product Documentation  

Ask the Community

Search for answers, post your questions, and share your knowledge in the SAP IQ community.

Visit the SAP Support community


Expert Community

Connect with SAP experts – and get the latest news and views on SAP IQ implementations, upgrades, innovations, and best practices.


SAP HANA Versus SAP IQ – First Impressions

Examine key differences between the SAP IQ relational database and SAP HANA – in this blog post by a consultant who tested them both. 

How to Create a Proxy Table in SAP IQ 16.0

To reproduce a problem in his system environment, one blogger had to create a proxy table in SAP IQ. Here’s how he did it. 

Map Out Your Journey to SAP IQ*

Download the SAP IQ Road Map to review proven methodologies for implementing our relational database management system.

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