The true costs of implementing SAP HANA

If you want to harness SAP HANA to tackle your most critical data questions in near real time, get ready for a steep learning curve and significant cash outlays. But there are several lower-impact approaches to bringing the benefits of SAP HANA to your organization.

When it comes to high-speed, in-memory databases, there are few platforms that have the power and scale of SAP HANA. Whether it’s real-time analytics or a marketing application driven by live transaction data, SAP HANA has become the database platform of choice for thousands of enterprise customers.

However, when it comes to implementing SAP HANA, the journey can be overwhelming. It’s not just the expense of the hardware, software, and other infrastructure components. There’s a vast learning curve associated with SAP HANA, and many companies do not have the in-house skill sets required to do it right.

Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the pain of setting up and maintaining SAP HANA. I’ll describe some of the considerations before laying out alternative pay-as-you-go models.

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