Customers have been giving SAP data sets culled from various business scenarios. SAP is then using that information to show them how HANA-driven analysis can help improve those processes.
The HANA platform includes a modeling environment that is simple enough for business users to work with, according to an SAP document. Supported client interfaces currently include Microsoft Excel and SAP's Business Objects BI (business intelligence) software. A road map for third-party BI tools support wasn't available, but SAP intends to foster such development, Sikka said.
Overall, SAP has "a serious amount of hope" for HANA given the level of excitement among early customers, Sikka said.
Pricing was not available, but SAP expects the systems to be sold in "small, medium, and large" sizes. Specific configurations will be left up to the hardware partner and a customer's particular business requirements, he said.
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