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SAP touts HANA-powered Business Suite for the region

Jack Loo | March 27, 2013
The German software giant promises real-time computing for business processes.

SAP Asia Pacific took the wraps off its HANA-powered Business Suite by highlighting two customer wins from China and India.

China's Nongfu Spring first adopted SAP's HANA-powered NetWeaver Business Warehouse and is now adopting the Business Suite. Avon Cycles from India replaced its Oracle platform with Business Suite.

Both customers are keen on exploiting the real-time capabilities of the Business Suite platform. With the system, a manufacturing resource planning batch processing job that might take six hours to run can now be completed within seconds.

"Economies need innovative businesses, and innovation requires getting the right information in real time," said Steve Watts, president of SAP Asia Pacific Japan. "Real-time computing will have a profound impact on the way business gets done in Asia."

In the case of Avon Cycles, the company manages a huge volume of components for its bicycle manufacturing business. Each bicycle has more than 360 components and there are over 200 models with an average of three sizes per model and three colours in each size, according to Kuljeet Singh Sethi, CIO Avon Cycles.

Then there is also the challenge of forecasting the company's sales as bicycles are regarded as commodities in India, resulting in a very short lead time for materials requirements planning, he added.

"Transforming to real-time planning and monitoring of order fulfillment scenarios are extremely critical for Avon Cycles, and we believe SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA will help make a significant difference," said Sethi.

For Nongfu Spring, SAP did not reveal how the Chinese manufacturer will be utilising Business Suite.

"The primary and most evident advantage of Business Suite on HANA is the speed in which processes can be carried out. Running a task faster not only means that it costs less, but it also provides you the opportunity to make adjustments and optimise your processes quickly," said Sabharinath Bala, research manager, Enterprise Applications, Software, Domain Research Group, IDC Asia/Pacific.

Bala added that time-consuming workloads like manufacturing resource planning and backorder processing, as well as workloads that require real-time data for accurate results like cash management and inventory planning, will be suitable candidates for immediate consumption of Business Suite on HANA.

The German software giant had earlier this year announced that it has ported its Business Suite ERP system to run on top of the HANA in-memory database. The promise of running Business Suite on HANA is immense with customers being able to run analytic and transactional workloads on the same platform.

This also means that SAP can snatch business away from rival database vendors, but Watts has said SAP will continue to support all certified databases. "Fundamentally, we do not want to restrict the customer's choices," said Watts.

 

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