Archive for December, 2014

ICC teams up with SAP to “bring fans closer to the game”

December 4th, 2014

SAP will utilize its HANA platform to power numerous live match experiences across the ICC’s network of websites.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced an innovative new partnership with SAP SE, a worldwide leader in enterprise application software services, as its exclusive Analytics and Cloud Partner for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

The partnership, which starts immediately and runs through to the end of the tournament, will see SAP utilize its HANA platform to power numerous live match experiences across the ICC’s network of websites, to enhance the experience for fans and media with real-time data, statistics and performance analysis that will help them get closer to the action and tell more insightful and informed stories.

In addition, SAP will provision cloud-based services to host the ICC’s historical ICC Cricket World Cup statistics database, incorporating match data for its flagship ODI event. This data will be made publically available over the coming months, offering fans a multitude of ways to analyse previous team and player performances.

Commenting on the announcement, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “SAP is changing the way sports fans interact with data and information. In a sport such as cricket where there is a healthy appetite for information and statistics, especially across digital platforms, the ICC is delighted that SAP’s powerful technology will bring the fans closer to the game.”

Robert Enslin, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE and President of SAP Global Customer Operations said: “With one of the largest fan bases around the world, SAP is excited to enhance the real-time analytics and stats to cricket fans during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Finals.

“Our partnership with the ICC will allow SAP to continuously develop technology that can be adapted for infinite use cases. In this instance, our technology provides the ICC the ability to engage fans with insightful and user-friendly solutions, bring them closer to the action on the field and keep them informed about their favorite matches. This partnership is another example of how all organizations, including sports leagues, teams, players and events, can run more efficiently and simply in their pursuit of success.”


Introducing SAP HANA SPS 09: The Platform for All Applications

December 2nd, 2014

Introducing SAP HANA SPS 09: The Platform for All Applications
SAP HANA SPS 09 provides numerous exciting functionalities developed by SAP, as well as additional capabilities provided by SAP co-innovation partners. This new release renews our commitment to accelerating cloud adoption, providing the most powerful platform for both transactional and analytical applications, creating instant value from big data assets, and enabling co-innovation with our customers and partners.
When it comes to cloud enablement, SAP HANA SPS 09 lets you run multiple independent SAP HANA databases in one single SAP HANA system (SID) and mange as a single unit. We call this functionality Multi-tenant database containers and it is specifically designed to simplify database administration, while maintaining a strong separation and isolation of data, users, and system resources, among individual tenant databases. This innovation allows you to dramatically lower the TCO of your installations–whether that be on-premise or in a cloud environment. Additionally, co-innovations with partners such as IBM, Hitachi and Unisys offers a broad array of secure and professionally managed SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) services to accelerate cloud deployments and reduce migration risk.
SAP HANA SPS 09 greatly improves the application development experience with a number of new enhancements to both tools and the core platform. On the tools’ front, SAP HANA Web-based Development Workbench has new SQLScript editor, SQL Script debugger and a Calculation View editor, while SAP HANA Studio has extended its code completion capabilities and offers end-to-end debugging. Additionally, the Visual Application Function Modeler (AFM), allows developers to build reusable application functions based on complex algorithms. The AFM provides prebuilt integration with predictive analysis libraries (PAL), business function libraries (BFL) and R, allowing developers to easily tailor the existing algorithms to specific analytical application needs and then run them in SQLScript.
On the platform front, SAP HANA SPS 09 turbocharges advanced analytics with many new innovations. It exposes to developers a native Graph Engine to efficiently persist and analyze property graphs without duplicating data. This simplifies the analysis of complex relationships and the uncovering of new insights. Additionally, SAP HANA SPS 09 includes Nokia/HERE maps and spatial content to facilitate the development of applications that leverage location-based services. Text mining capabilities have also been added to the platform to help identify relationships among documents. As an example, documents can be stored, indexed and ranked based on a reference document or key terms.

Big data and IoT
open new challenges and opportunities for businesses. SAP HANA SPS 09 comes packed with new functionalities to help your company to operate in this new reality and create instant value from the variety of your big data assets. The new smart data streaming capability captures, filters, analyzes and takes action on millions of events (streaming data) per second, in real-time. To optimize available resources, smart data streaming can be configured to pass high value data in SAP HANA for instant analysis and direct remaining data to Hadoop – for historical and trending analysis. Of course, HANA can analyze data in both HANA and Hadoop at the same time through Smart Data Access, but HANA can also now call a Hadoop Map Reduce job directly from HANA and then bring the result set back to HANA from Hadoop/HDFS for additional analysis. Another powerful feature is dynamic tiering,which can move warm data from memory to disk – still in columnar format, optimizing in-memory usage for extremely large data volumes. This will enable customers to achieve great performance on hot data and great price-performance on hot and cold data. Moreover, smart data integration and smart data quality in SAP HANA SPS09 enables the provisioning filtering, transformation, cleansing and enrichment of data from multiple sources into SAP HANA, eliminating the need for a separate ETL or replication stages . Pre-built adapters are available for common data sources such as IBM DB2, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, OData, Hadoop and Twitter, and an open SDK is also available to build new adapters. In addition, special adapters are provided to consume SAP Business Suite data from databases such as IBM DB2, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server. Smart data integration is architected for cloud deployment requiring no firewall exceptions to provision data to HANA in cloud.

is an exciting theme in SAP HANA SPS 09. You can now choose from 400+ SAP HANA configurations supplied by 15 different SAP partners. This is 4 times the number of server configuration options we had in August of 2013. Co-innovations with partners such ad IBM and Hitachi has allowed us to leverage system virtualization at new levels with the support of LPARs for optimal system resource utilization. Scale-up configurations have also expanded with new certified appliances from Cisco, HP and SGI. Additionally relaxed hardware requirements, support for lower cost Intel E5 processors, and new guidelines to utilize existing networking components – part of SAP HANA Tailored Datacenter Integration – provides a new choice to start small and grow your configurations as needed, reducing adoption barriers and improving TCO for SAP HANA.

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