Study Finds SAP Hana Is A Powerful Driver Of Business Innovation
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Study Finds SAP Hana Is A Powerful Driver Of Business Innovation

Centiq, one of Europe’s most experienced independent SAP consultancies, today announced the results of its latest SAP and S/4Hana research. Following on from its previous report, ‘Debunking the three myths of Hana’, this year’s ‘Centiq State of SAP Hana 2018 Report’, is among largest ever independent research projects into Hana.

The research delves deeper into how organisations perceive Hana’s technical advantages, laying out how today’s organizations are relying on real-time data handling to deliver on the promise of digital transformation. The study demonstrates Hana’s importance to businesses as a catalyst for innovation and reveals 90% of projects are driven by internal business strategy teams.

Some 250 UK users, across many different sectors including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail and Distribution, and Technology and Telecoms is summarised below:

A machine for strategic data processing

As real-time analytics become increasingly used in organisations around the world, organisations are able to make smarter decisions and functionality becomes smoother, which results in direct benefits for customer. In the past year Hana has evolved to be more business-aligned than almost any other technology. Prime among the drivers are its ability toprocess data for real time decision making’ (61%) and to ‘integrate data from multiple sources’ (60%) as well as for ‘deeper customer insight’ (59%).

Projects are more likely to live in Public Cloud

This year’s research shows platform selection is increasingly driven by an organisation’s wider Cloud platform strategy. However, it is Public Cloud not SAP Cloud which houses the vast majority of production and non-production instances. 88% of respondents deploy Hana either entirely in Public Cloud, or in conjunction with on-premise or SAP Cloud solutions in their production environments.

A driver for business innovation

Overall 99% of respondents this year cite Hana as a driving force for business innovation. In addition, organisations also revealed they use Hana for accelerated innovation in data cleansing, process reconciliations and customer on-boarding processes. This year’s research shows organisations using looking  to streamline internal processes, will see cost savings. For example, in the Media and Entertainment sector, 94% of all Hana projects are focused on business cost savings.

Matt Lovell, COO at Centiq said, “ When Hana launched in 2011, many initially struggled to create compelling business cases or measurable ROI. Seven years later, this has changed. Organisations both large and small need agility, responsiveness and deep customer insights to be competitive and they are mostly achieving this using Cloud-based IT services. This year’s research is incredibly revealing.”

The Cloud proliferates but it is still unclear what role Public Cloud, plays in Hana environments. Yet, despite the confusion, there is a great deal to feel positive about based on the experiences of the community. On-time and on-budget projects have become the norm, and despite some shortages of key skills, the resounding message from the research this year is that Hana is now starting to deliver on the promises made at the time of its launch.


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