What Will SAP HANA Be Like In 5 Years?

One thing’s for sure: information technology is evolving at a rapid pace. In the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems, the rapid IT revolution has seen employees carry out mundane tasks, such as cash management in an organization to the most complex tasks such as using information systems to perform complex data analysis.
SAP HANA—a cloud-based ERP system that is used in organizations to manage organizations’ data that’s column-oriented and uses the relational database management system—has been at the forefront in coming up with solutions that are geared towards customer satisfaction.
What we’ve observed so far in the manner in which SAP HANA has been growing, is a clear pointer that big data is likely to have a bigger impact on how SAP HANA re-engineers its business.
As a matter of fact, the changing IT environment demands that organizations must craft strategies that can help them to survive. This means that organizations must be prepared to align themselves with technologies that can help them compete in future. So, how will SAP HANA look like in 5 years?
Let’s dive and find out how SAP HANA will look like in 5 years from now.
Features that will define SAP HANA in 5 years from now
Here are the features that will define SAP HANA in 5 years from now:
A more amalgamated ERP system
Current organization’s requirements are placing more demands for software development firms to continue developing one software system that addresses all their needs. Most organizations would like to have a Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Warehouse Software (BW), and Supply Chain Management Software (SCM) in one single application.
Going forward means that SAP HANA should incorporate all of the requirements in one application. Even though SAP HANA has incorporated most of the functions in its current versions of the software system, future customer demands will demand it to scale up so that future customer requirements are incorporated.
Massive provision for data storage
Big data will continue to play a crucial role in determining how firms use their data now, and future. This means that the amount of data that’s being stored in current servers for firms will increase exponentially in 5 years’ time. For firms that rely on cloud computing—which SAP HANA provides—must scale up their amount of data they store.
So, we expect the amount of data storage capabilities to increase tremendously in 5 years’ time. For instance, an organization that requires 500 TB of data will place high demands for data storage. This will make SAP HANA to scale up their data storage capacities.
Big data and advanced data analytics
Monitoring and analysis of data to generate customer behavior and patterns will demand ERP systems to incorporate advanced data analytics in their systems. In fact, the current version of SAP HANA has advanced data analytics that’s useful in predicting customer behavior and patterns.
In future, big data and demands from organizations to understand their customers better and efficiently will place higher demands for most ERP systems. This means that in 5 years from now, we expect to see a more robust SAP HANA that has improved data analytics. These are the features that will make this software system to survive the competition from other ERP systems.
Improved real-time processing capabilities
The performance of an ERP system is very crucial to the success of operations in an organization. This means that the speed at which processed from big data will be significant in determining the competitive survival of that firm. Therefore, all future ERP applications will be agile if they are to compete with other systems. Of course, this will be necessitated by big data.
The current version of SAP HANA has been designed in a manner that’s dependent on trigger-based and ETL-based processes. Besides these two methods, it also uses the log-based replication—which depends on the position of the source system and the anticipated use case. This is meant to increase the performance of this ERP system.
The changing client requirements will demand that SAP HANA increases these processing capabilities. This will be done to meet the future requirements of organizations. In fact, the speed at which an ERP system undertakes its processes will become a crucial factor in the success of that system. For SAP HANA, we expect improved processing capabilities.
Improved stream-oriented capabilities
The current debate that’s going on in the big data and advanced analytics is being shaped by the need for ERP systems to utilize the parallel processing of the computer systems. The ability to utilize the parallel processing of computer systems means that future systems—stream-oriented—will place greater demands on ERP systems.
Of course, the current version of SAP HANA has a streaming predictive analytic algorithm that enables this software system to be run in parallel. In future, this will have to be improved to align it with changing client requirements.

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