Relational Databases : Sap Hana

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In an increasingly competitive global landscape, there is no denying the importance of relational databases to organizations these days. They are a great tool for controlling, analyzing, recording, storing and monitoring processes and transactions throughout all functional aspects of the organization. While the benefits provided by relational databases are instrumental to the overall operation of an organization, traditional databases still have their limitations. This is where SAP HANA comes in. SAP HANA is probably best described as new form of database that operates as an in-memory data platform that is capable of processing large amounts of data in real-time. With its capability to simultaneously handle both transaction processing…show more content…
This is perhaps the single attribute SAP HANA is most known for in the industry. Another attribute that makes HANA so attractive to organizations is its ability to allow IT departments to run customized application programs on top of HANA itself. This also adds to the level of flexibility that HANA provides because it does an incredible job of having as few restrictions as possible associated with it. Before going into further detail about some of the benefits of SAP HANA, it would be helpful to discuss a little bit of its history and background to an extent.
The idea to create a product such as HANA came to the forefront around early 2009 when SAP executives were in desperate need of a product that would reinvigorate the entire SAP product line. As of 2009, SAP had enjoyed very little success with products created in-house and was beginning to feel the pressure of other competitors in the business such as ORACLE. As a result, SAP decided to embark on a rigorous plan to create a product that would be in great demand, by way of addressing customer needs head on, as well as a product that would fend off competition. The task of overseeing this process was given to then SAP engineer and former executive Vishal Sikka. Before embarking on this project, SAP already had three different developing teams working on creating a new database. While these teams
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