SAP HANA

HANA is an in-memory columnar storage database

 
 

SAP

ERP with all the modules

Systems Applications and Products

SAP stands for Systems Applications and Products in Data Processing.

SAP, by definition, is also name of the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software as well the name of the company.

SAP Software was Founded in 1972 by Wellenreuther, Hopp, Hector, Plattner, and Tschira.

SAP system consists of a number of fully integrated modules, which covers virtually every aspect of business management.

SAP is #1 in the ERP market. As of 2010, SAP has more  than 140,000 installations worldwide, over 25 industry-specific business solutions and more than 75,000 customers in 120 countries

Other Competitive products of SAP Software in the market are  Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics, etc.

SAP HANA

HANA is one of the most powerful in memory database ever made. HANA by itself is a complete platform which can be used for building and deploying full scale Analytics applications like a custom digital oil field.

SAP Cloud Platform

Is a combination of services like the SAP Successfactors, SAP Analytics Cloud.

SAP Analytics cloud is a major Analytics tool available from SAP which can be used for quick dashboards and the development of model based dashboard in the direction of the Digital Twin.

SAP Cloud Migration

SAP cloud migration including HANA cloud migration has its own challenges and can be done in many different way. Contact us and we can help you plan it better.

Advantages and disadvantages of the SAP ERP system

Advantages of SAP ERP include:

  • The standardization of an organization’s business processes.
  • The ability to integrate with other third party systems and perform enterprise-wide services.
  • The flexibility to create custom rules with the SAP structure that set the parameters for transactions.
  • Various analytical features — such as reporting and decision making — that enable SAP to meet the needs of various complex businesses and government organizations.

Disadvantages of SAP ERP include:

  • The high cost of purchasing and implementing the program, including buying the software and hardware, labor costs of internal IT employees and external consultants, the costs of training employees and the residual costs for software maintenance and periodic upgrades.
  • The complexity of the system means most companies will only implement one feature of the SAP ERP software at a time, causing the complete implementation of the software to take up to several years.

What is SAP ERP? Why is it Required?

The very fundamental question for any beginners is why Enterprise Resource Planning also called ERP, is required? To answer this, let’s examine this typical business scenario.

Suppose a client approaches a sales team asking for a particular product. The sales team contacts the inventory department to check the availability of the product. To their surprise, the sales team found out that the product is out of stock. So next time this doesn’t happen, they have to introduce an SAP ERP tool.

Before we actually see in detail, what ERP is and how ERP can help in your business process, we will understand how different departments are involved in the whole business process, right from the ordering of the raw material – to manufacturing goods – to delivering final products to the customer.

Here is the whole process that is followed by any business unit.

  1. Client contacts the sales team to check the availability of the product
  2. Sales team approaches the Inventory department to check for the availability of the product
  3. In case the product is out of stock, the sales team approaches the Production Planning Department to manufacture the product
  4. The production planning team checks with inventory department for availability of raw material
  5. If the raw material is not available with inventory, the Production Planning team buys the raw material from the Vendors
  6. Then Production Planning forwards the raw materials to the Shop Floor Execution for actual production
  7. Once ready, the Shop Floor Team sends the goods to the Sales Team
  8. Sales Team who in turn deliver it to the client
  9. The sales team updates the finance with revenue generated by the sale of the product. Production planning team update the finance with payments to be made to different vendors for raw materials.
  10. All departments approach the HR for any Human Resource related issue.

That is a typical business process for any manufacturing company. Some key inferences one could derive from the scenario would be.

  • It has many departments or business units
  • These departments or business units continuously communicate and exchange data with each other
  • The success of any organization lies in effective communication, and data exchange, within these departments, as well as associated third party such as vendors, outsourcers, and customers.