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4 Reasons Consumption-Based IT Is Right for Your SAP HANA Migration

Posted on: November 1st, 2018 by american digital

The SAP® platform clock is ticking.

For all the resources spent trying to keep up with rapid technology-landscape changes, the 2025 deadline for SAP ERP users to migrate to SAP HANA is looming large.

With its in-memory computing capabilities, SAP HANA offers data-processing power and real-time analytics opportunities that legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) software simply can’t match. However, traditional IT environments were never built to support the explosive data growth unlocked by in-memory computing. That’s why, even though the deadline is years away, now is the time to start planning your migration.

For enterprises with heavily-customized SAP systems, the prospect of migrating to SAP HANA may seem daunting. But when you choose a hosted, consumption-based deployment model, you can bypass the complexity of on-premises management without sacrificing control or reliability.

Blending On Premises and On Demand Through Consumption-Based IT

One of the greatest advantages of SAP HANA over its predecessor is speed. The in-memory processing allows you to derive insights from millions of data points much faster than traditional databases.

However, IT leaders that have already considered a move to SAP HANA know that this data processing power comes with an important decision — do you keep SAP HANA on premises or move it to the cloud for greater agility?

Many current SAP HANA deployments have prioritized on-premises equipment to maximize both security and performance. While cloud-based deployments offer unrivaled cost-efficiency and agility, the trade-offs often prove too significant for such a mission-critical platform.

Focus on a consumption model that blends both worlds — on-premises control and performance with cloud agility and cost-efficiency. Now, with an infrastructure solution like HPE GreenLake, you can get an on-premises pay-per-use solution that’s built specifically for SAP HANA.

Why Trust HPE GreenLake for Your SAP HANA Migration?

The long, complicated road to successful SAP HANA design, implementation, performance, security, and control is enough to get IT leaders to procrastinate on the 2025 migration deadline. But a consumption-based deployment through HPE GreenLake for SAP HANA can eliminate the migration headaches, allowing you to focus your valuable resources on mission-critical data insights.

The benefits of HPE GreenLake for SAP HANA include:

  • Faster Time to Value: Purpose-built solutions optimized for SAP HANA include certified SAP hardware from HPE. Coupled with reference architectures and our expertise with HPE products, you can accelerate the migration process.
  • Better Economics: Reduce infrastructure costs with active capacity management and a flexible pay-per-use model that’s based on the gigabytes used by SAP HANA.
  • Enterprise Quality Control: Satisfies security, compliance, and data sovereignty requirements with on-premises solutions, reducing business risk and maximizing continuity/availability.
  • Simplified IT: Leverage hosted SAP HANA for fast problem resolution and ongoing support for migration and implementation.

Working with a partner you trust is the key to achieving these HPE GreenLake for SAP HANA benefits. As an HPE Platinum Partner, American Digital has the experience and expertise to turn your legacy SAP platform into a consumption-based SAP HANA environment.

Don’t let the SAP deadline sneak up on you. Contact us today and get out ahead of your SAP HANA migration.

Things to Look for When Selecting an MSP for Your Data Center Needs

Posted on: February 27th, 2018 by Daniella Lundsberg

In our last blog, we discussed what are the main attractions for organizations to consider outsourcing some or all of their IT to an outside service provider. In this article, we will share our thoughts on things to look at when evaluating your options. Organizations have many choices when it comes to managed service providers. Choosing the right one can mean the difference between having a business partner who adds value to your organization and helps you move your business forward and a provider who is more interested in your money than making your IT systems run smoother.

Here are some things to think about:

High touch/high value: Does the service provider emphasize customer service and personal attention? Do they sit down with you to fully understand your business goals and how you see IT supporting or driving those objectives? Are they both proactive and responsive? It’s important to work with a managed service provider who values working hand in hand with you every step of the way.

Data center focused: Choose a service provider who has demonstrated expertise in the data center as their core business. Sometimes managed service providers have their roots in PCs and help desks, and are trying to expand their services inward. Providers who understand the nuances of designing, deploying, and managing sizable data centers and demonstrable investment in bullet-proof data centers and architectures will give you the highest level of success.

Flexible: Working with a managed service provider that offers a variety of options will be in your best interest. Organizations all have unique requirements. Sometimes all that is required is extra staffing and monitoring of existing on-site equipment, other times a full hosting of infrastructure and applications is required. The ability to mix and match services based on needs can make the experience much easier. Additionally, businesses are dynamic, so as your business changes, your IT needs will too. Look for a provider who can make that transition along with you.

Expertise: If your organization is fairly large and your data center is complex, you should be seeking a managed service provider who has the expertise, not only with enterprise level infrastructure, but has the certifications and credentials to really understand the nuances of how all the pieces work together for optimal performance and availability. Data center management is not only about the operational aspects of all the piece parts, but from a business perspective – knowing how to keep the business applications up and running 24/7.

Committed to Strong Vendor Partnerships:  Whether you own your own infrastructure and have a service provider manage it, or utilize an MSP’s hosted data center, it’s important for the MSP to have deep, strong relationships with their vendors. Data centers consist of a variety of components: compute, storage, networking, and application, and data protection. Understanding how all those components work together to achieve the SLA goals is key to your success. For example, if you are running SAP as your ERP application, on top of Hewlett Packard servers and storage, with Cisco networking infrastructure, you need a service provider who has deep technical relationships with all of these technology providers.

While this is not an exhaustive list, it will give you a head start in selecting a strong managed services provider who can meet your needs and help you grow your business. Next time, we will discuss the value of a solid data protection plan when considering if managed services can help you.

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Whats Driving Organizations to Turn to Managed Services?

Posted on: February 9th, 2018 by Daniella Lundsberg

The digital economy has businesses and organizations struggling to find ways to become more agile. More often than not, they are spending most of their time and energy maintaining their infrastructure instead of trying to find ways to work with the business to get ahead of the competition and use IT to their advantage. The mantra has been “do more with less” for a long time. This means less staff and less money to invest in new technologies, resulting in a less than optimal IT environment given the pace at which business flows today. The challenges to keep applications available as well as users and customers happy are daunting.

IT can be a complex thing, and it’s not getting any easier. Skill sets required to manage today’s business applications have become very specialized and expensive.  Its no wonder many organizations have sought out alternatives to managing and investing in their own data center. As competition increases and companies are under more pressure to become more agile, IT has become an target for outsourcing, with the goal of increasing corporate efficiency and finding a partner who can help increase revenues from IT investments.

Let’s look at the major reasons organizations are turning to managed service providers to assist them with their IT requirements:

  1. Reducing and controlling operating costs: The demonstrated cost savings of outsourcing are widely accepted as one of the reasons to consider managed services. The reduction of CapEx and OpEx is also key, as outsourcing removes the need to purchase physical hardware as well as the maintenance costs.
  2. Gaining access to world-class capabilities around the clock: Outsourced IT specializes in managing and maintaining your IT needs and can service those needs 24/7 while going beyond what an internal team can do.
  3. Freeing internal resources: Your business probably isn’t IT, so maintenance tasks get in the way of more strategic projects. Managed services can help alleviate this burden and help maximize your IT team’s time.
  4. Latest technology: With all the different technologies like cloud, security, and networking, you have access to the best in the field, along with the latest and greatest technology to give your company the edge it needs to compete in a crowded marketplace.
  5. Streamlining or increasing efficiency: Using an MSP partner to augment your in-house IT staff can be a great way to increase efficiency of your business operations. No matter what arises, an MSP is there to pick up the slack when needed, allowing your business to run smoothly and your employees to focus on core business needs.
  6. Shared risk: MSPs heavily invest in the most resilient systems that handle disruption better than less powerful systems can. Backed by robust SLAs, MSP partners guarantee the safety of your data in ways an on-premises solution cannot.

Managed Services Can Help You Grow

It’s not too far of a reach to assume that most IT organizations are overwhelmed with trying to keep up with new business initiatives while keeping the existing infrastructure and applications up and running. The other dynamic is that as technology has changed – cloud computing, mobility, and big data analytics – just to name a few, there are fewer IT members on staff who are skilled in these areas. It only makes sense to think about outsourcing the management and deployment of these new technologies to achieve faster time to value. Managed services can provide the bridge between existing infrastructure and newer technology that enables organizations to achieve maximum business value and focus on core competencies.

Next time we will look at things to consider when selecting a managed service provider.

Interested in learning more? Give us a call: 847-637-4300

Understanding SAP HANA

Posted on: October 14th, 2017 by Daniella Lundsberg

SAP HANA is an in-memory column-oriented relational database management system that combines database with application processing along with integration services. Available for both on-premise and cloud deployment, SAP HANA makes big data, real-time analytics and aggregation, powerful data processing, data management and data warehousing possible on a single platform. SAP HANA notably out-performs traditional databases, thanks to its ability to keep vast volumes of information in memory, or physically closer to the CPU, and instantly accessible. So you can monitor and analyze incoming data the second it enters the system.

Since the launch of SAP HANA’s flagship product in late 2010, it’s already proven itself for leading organizations from John Deere to eBay and Burberry. Companies are finding that it delivers on its promise to provide a simpler, faster, and more cost-efficient IT architecture capable of presenting business insight in real-time. So much so that customers are putting their entire business suite on HANA and are conducting complex analytical projects with remarkable ease.

SAP HANA employs modern hardware and database systems to combine online transaction with online analytical processing – offered within one single source. As a result, the platform supplies powerful real-time analytics while also simplifying application and database structures. HANA improves reporting and transactional processes, enabling rapid real-time processing of massive amounts of data required to support today’s most innovative Big Data applications.

HANA further eliminates Disk I/O operations along with the creation and storage of indexes and aggregates. By reducing the complexity of coding, administration, and infrastructure, it allows for simpler design with fewer objects and operations. Organizations using SAP HANA are able to shrink their storage footprint, eliminate the need for multiple layers of software and hardware, and improve performance while reducing their power consumption and total cost of ownership. Put simply, SAP HANA simplifies your technology stack.

Companies considering HANA have two avenues for implementation. The first is a Full/Enterprise Use license, with cost based on database or gigabyte size. This is ideal for companies looking into Big Data, agile datamarting, operational reporting, custom application design, side-car accelerators to the SAP Business Suite, and side-car Operational Reporting using customized or pre-delivered HANA live content. Shifting to the HANA database also provides the ability to access new HANA-based applications and tools including Simple Finance and HANA-Live.

SAP HANA Live, just one application included in the SAP Suite, delivers real-time operational reporting based on customizable virtual data models. This real-time reporting is achievable without negatively affecting performance. Dynamic tiering provides a smart and cost-efficient means for data archival and the management of massive amounts of data from multiple sources. SAP HANA’s powerful Big Data and predictive analytics capabilities also give customers the ability to build analytics solutions that provide unprecedented up-to-the-second operational visibility, forecasting, and analysis.

In addition to Full/Enterprise Use license, SAP HANA may be installed under its Run-Time License, with actual cost based on SAP application value. The Run-Time License has no gigabyte restriction. This option is recommended for companies that don’t require Big Data but, instead, simply want to replace and upgrade their existing database to prepare for future growth and to take advantage of its many benefits and innovations. The Run-Time License is also suitable for organizations interested in side-car accelerators to the SAP Business Suite.

 

 

 

 

SAP Compliance Management Demystified

Posted on: August 22nd, 2017 by Daniella Lundsberg

This post comes from our partner Symmetry Corporation.

Executives often view compliance and compliance management with a mixture of confusion and dread. The word itself encompasses so much: financial controls and reporting (SOX), privacy and data protection (HIPAA), technological deployment (HITECH), FDA regulations (21 CFR Part 11), and even national security (ITAR and EAR). Although compliance management in an SAP landscape has a very specific meaning, it often eludes decision makers.

The tragedy is that compliance rules are designed to protect your assets, security, clients and reputation. When they use the threat of civil and criminal liability, it’s primarily to get you to do things you should be doing anyway. But to benefit from compliance, you need to understand how it’s structured, and how it fits into your SAP landscape and your business as a whole.

SAP Compliance Management and GRC

Compliance management refers to the controls put in place to restrict and monitor how users access, view and modify information within the SAP landscape. These tasks are handled by a Governance, Risk and Compliance program, such as ControlPanelGRC, or SAP GRC. Sarbanes-Oxley compliance management tasks include:

  • Establishing an internal control structure;
  • Validating the effectiveness of internal controls;
  • Certifying the accuracy of financial statements;
  • Preventing tampering;
  • Reporting detailed financial information;
  • Disclosing conflicts of interest.

GRC software monitors user access to identify potential segregation of duty and excessive access risks. For example, a single user shouldn’t be able to complete multiple portions of a business transaction (e.g. creating and paying a vendor), change the record of a transaction, or modify a financial report so that it excludes or differs from information in the database. Monitoring excessive accessis also a top priority; as critical business transactions should only be  granted to appropriate individuals to prevent both fraud and errors.

GRC programs also need to monitor financial controls, and verify all access and changes to documents in order to create an audit trail. This supports authentication of important records; helps admins and auditors spot suspicious activity and bugs in the system; and provides a powerful disincentive against fraud, leaks and tampering. Finally, the GRC program needs to be able to organize and report on effectiveness of controls, according to compliance rules, while maintaining proper access control. Auditors, investors and customers will all need access to different amounts of information, and much of the data auditors need could breach confidentiality or expose trade secrets if shared with other parties. Your compliance management program also needs to account for conflicts of interest and other mandated non-financial data.

Compliance management is crucial to nearly everything your company does. It’s how you verify payroll, sales or HR records, and protect information integrity and confidentiality. Whether it’s a trade secret, a 21 CFR 11 medical study, or HIPAA PHI, compliance management plays a role in keeping it safe.

Cyber Security and Compliance

At the risk of oversimplifying it, GRC prevents people from misusing your system; while cyber security prevents them from breaking in. We can illustrate this by picturing security in a museum. Standard (GRC) safeguards include:

  • Guards to enforce rules
  • Ropes and cases to prevent theft or damage to assets
  • Locked doors and alarms to restrict access to valuable assets
  • Cameras and motion detectors for monitoring

But what stops thieves from picking a lock and cutting the power to disable the alarm, or entering through a hatch in the roof? That’s where cyber security comes in.

People get confused by the different things each compliance regime says about cyber security. For example, PCI requires specific technical safeguards like encryption across open networks, firewalls and the elimination of default passwords, while HIPAA emphasizes broader principles, training and legal frameworks like BAAs.

But under a security best practices approach, the differences are actually pretty minor. HIPAA may not technically mandate encryption or firewalls, but they vastly reduce HIPAA compliance risks. Similarly, PCI might not require BAAs, but it’s in your company’s best interest to make sure your partners are adhering to stringent data protection standards.

Process Documentation and Quality Management

It may sound obvious, but cyber security and compliance management initiatives won’t go far, unless your company implements and consistently uses them — and that requires good process documentation. Everything from network configuration, to access control to daily system health checks and maintenance needs to be spelled out clearly and succinctly; the goal isn’t impressive, weighty tomes — it’s simple documents that spell out all necessary tasks.

This documentation needs to be incorporated into a quality management program. Although quality management doesn’t focus exclusively on security and compliance, many aspects have important functions in this domain, including technology policies, SOPs, auditing procedures, training, document control, and audit trails. Putting it all together almost always requires outside help.

Choosing an SAP Security and Compliance Partner

A provider needs to understand the compliance requirements of your industry, but doesn’t need to focus exclusively on them; often, experience across multiple industries is a better sign of a company that gets security and compliance.

It’s crucial, however, that your partner practices what it preaches. They should have a quality management program in place, and be able to show you things like:

Formalized Quality Policy, Quality Plan, and procedures

  • Audit trails
  • Version control
  • Sample Installation Qualifications

SOPs for critical systems should be recorded on controlled documents, approved by management, stored where no one can tamper with them, and trained and retrained regularly by anyone who does the work. And they should be ready to answer questions on anything from employee training and monitoring, to server hardening, to what happens when you call the help line.

In particular, they need good quality assurance, with separate task completion and verification staff. Finally, they should be ready to undergo regular 3rd party audits to assess and validate internal controls.

The Case for Bundling Security and Compliance with Managed Services

In the SAP hosting and managed services realm, companies that once had separate providers for hosting, IT project management, admin, DR/HA and so on, are moving to an integrated approach, citing benefits like lower cost, increased flexibility, greater knowledge base and less administrative overhead. In security and compliance management, however, tasks like IT security auditing, physical security auditing, GRC, monitoring and incident response are often farmed out to a web of different providers.

Forward-looking companies, however, are already starting to see the benefits of a unified managed services approach incorporating security and compliance. This approach lets you leverage your provider’s internal controls and knowledge base, along with their auditing framework. The people auditing, monitoring and hardening your system can work directly with the people running it, meaning better communication, quicker results and a lower administrative overhead. In an emergency, you won’t have to make frantic calls between your hosting provider, your DB admin and your network engineer — everyone is already working together, which means quicker resolutions, leading to better outcomes.

It also provides legal cover in the event of a breach, attack or outage. Successful hacks often simultaneously exploit weaknesses in hardware setup, software patching, GRC, training, monitoring and other domains. In a disaster, everyone goes into damage control mode, and you can end up with multiple agencies fighting it out in the courts (and in the press!) for years. If one provider handles everything, on the other hand, it’s their reputation on the line.

Getting SAP Security and Compliance Management Right

The most secure organizations don’t look at SAP compliance management and security requirements as onerous burdens, but as a way to protect their investments. Governance, risk and compliance provides a powerful framework to protect your organization from errors, corruption and costly mistakes, and industry-specific compliance regimes provide a similar bulwark against external threats.

But legal regimes and industry guidelines can’t account for every threat an organization faces. The right partner won’t view compliance regimes as boxes to check, but as one aspect of a program that includes risk assessment, training, auditing and monitoring, across your organization.

Interested in learning more about SAP Compliance, please contact Symmetry Corporation at 888-SYM-CORP.

Should you migrate to SAP HANA?

Posted on: August 18th, 2017 by Daniella Lundsberg

Faster is better. This is especially true when it comes to accessing business data, which can now be made available in real-time thanks to SAP HANA. Beyond speed, SAP HANA wraps data into reports and analytics, delivers it to your desktop, and uses it to provide relevant offers to customers and users. This level of speed and transparency helps companies innovate, mitigate risk, and make all of those critical decisions that drive operations each day.

Real-time data availability is the primary benefit driving growth and demand for SAP HANA, a database and applications platform developed by SAP SE. SAP HANA, a High-Performance Analytic Appliance, is now the fastest-growing technology in SAP history due to its revolutionary in-memory platform. It can be used for any kind of application, capable of processing both structured and unstructured data instantaneously.

SAP HANA is an in-memory column-oriented relational database management system that combines database with application processing along with integration services. Available for both on-premise and cloud deployment, SAP HANA makes big data, real-time analytics and aggregation, powerful data processing, data management and data warehousing possible on a single platform. SAP HANA notably out-performs traditional databases, thanks to its ability to keep vast volumes of information in memory, or physically closer to the CPU, and instantly accessible. So you can monitor and analyze incoming data the second it enters the system.

How fast is fast? While actual speed is dependent on the data model and other factors, SAP HANA is shown to perform between 1,000 to 10,000 times faster than a traditional database platform. This is due to its in-memory design, which overcomes challenges naturally inherent in on-disk systems including bottlenecks between CPU and disk. To drive performance, SAP HANA leverages multi-core processors, low-cost main memory or RAM, and solid state drives.

SAP HANA stores data in columnar structures which enables data compression making entire data retrieval process even faster. When a traditional database system tries to improve I/O performance to these levels, it can only do so by heavy memory consumption and CPU cycles. So users are forced to choose between, for example, a broad and deep analysis or high-speed performance. Traditional databases also use much more memory, caching, and CPU cycles to maintain the cache on top.

But SAP HANA’s in-memory platform eliminates disk I/O, reduces memory consumption, and minimizes data redundancy along with the associated need for more storage space. Superior performance is backed by optimized compression, columnar RDBMS table storage, persistent data and log storage, partitioning, massive parallel processing, and ACID compliance. ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, and Durability) compliance ensures transaction reliability, while partitioning supports the deployment of massive tables – dividing them into smaller segments that may be placed on multiple machines.

As a result, HANA makes computing faster, easier, and more efficient. It makes broad and deep analyses possible along with real-time availability, high-speed response, and powerful reporting capabilities. Code, application development, and set-up are simplified, with end users able to enjoy a richer and more relevant experience. Finally, SAP HANA streamlines a company’s data footprint making processing and operations more efficient than ever.

Contact American Digital to discuss whether or not SAP HANA is right for your organization.

Hyper Converged Systems Tackle IT Challenges

Posted on: August 8th, 2017 by Daniella Lundsberg

IT professionals have a laundry list of challenges to tackle. Rising to meet the changing dynamics of the businesses they support can be a full-time job in itself. Add to that the task of keeping up with new technology, infrastructure that is difficult to deploy, disparate tools that can be cumbersome to maintain and hard to manage, limited personnel resources…you get the idea.

Still, job #1 is ensuring that they can accommodate the demands of today’s businesses. In response, many IT organizations have launched virtualization and cloud projects to drive improved service delivery and increase IT agility. However, for some organizations, these virtualization and cloud initiatives have led to incomplete projects, increased management complexity and higher operational costs. What is really needed is an IT infrastructure where everything is designed to work together as a unified system.

Enter the HPE Hyper Converged infrastructure

It is the natural progression in the evolution of IT architecture. Everything an organization needs to compete in today’s online marketplace is integrated and packaged together into a single appliance—from a single vendor. This includes servers, storage, virtualization software, networking and intelligent management capabilities.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Hyper Converged systems are preconfigured, preinstalled and designed to scale—the system is essentially a virtualized data center in a box. The HPE Hyper Converged 380 powered by Intel® Xeon® processors is based on the highly configurable HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Server combined with VMware vSphere®. These systems significantly improve flexibility in deployment and ease of management. HPE Hyper Converged 380 is available in configurations for general purpose virtualization or cloud applications or tuned for VDI/client virtualization. HPE Hyper Converged 380 is delivered as a fully integrated system including storage, server, graphics and virtualization, fully tested and supported.

Adjusting for growth is frictionless as these systems scale out in a linear manner. The HPE Hyper Converged architecture integrates grid software that automatically discovers and adds new nodes to the cluster, delivering additional compute and storage resources as needed. With the integration of all components in a simple chassis and a common management scheme, you don’t need an extra team of specialists. As such, these systems create an immediate and positive impact on capital and operational expenses.

At American Digital, we live and breathe data center transformation. As an HPE Platinum Partner, we can help you identify, source, implement and manage your ideal IT environment. Contact us at marketing@americandigital.com or call us at 847-637-4300 for a free assessment.

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Increase Value & Velocity: Transform to a Hybrid Infrastructure

Posted on: August 1st, 2017 by Daniella Lundsberg

Organizational IT departments are facing increasing demands to facilitate rapid innovation. The goal to create better customer value puts pressure on IT to meet expectations with greater velocity. IT must adapt to deliver efficient, agile services in new ways. Therefore, there has never been a better time for organizations to reexamine their existing environments to ensure that they are positioned to deliver value with velocity in the era of digital business transformation.

Companies of all types and sizes are racing to modernize their IT infrastructures to take advantage of real-time data. They’re upgrading legacy IT to hybrid IT infrastructures in order to do so. Once real-time data is available, the ability to convert it into immediate, actionable information opens up a whole new world of business opportunity.

HPE ConvergedSystem 500 for SAP HANA powered by Intel® Xeon® processors is tightly integrated and optimized to deliver the highest levels of performance and availability for in-memory computing initiatives. This solution helps businesses achieve increased efficiencies by transforming data into real-time intelligence and actionable insights. HPE ConvergedSystem 500 for SAP HANA allows organizational IT departments to shift their focus to innovation that improves customer experiences instead of operations.

How does it work, and what makes SAP HANA special?

SAP HANA is an in-memory, relational database management system that integrates database services with application processing services. It is available for both on-premises and cloud-based environments. SAP HANA takes big data, real-time analytics and aggregation and combines them with robust data warehousing—all on a single platform. SAP HANA significantly outperforms traditional databases due to its unique ability to keep vast volumes of information in memory—making it instantly accessible. Hence, incoming data can be monitored and analyzed immediately upon entry into the system—unlocking the value trapped inside your corporate data.

HPE Hybrid IT for SAP HANA systems deliver the highest levels of performance and availability for clients’ in-memory computing initiatives. From managing analytics and data warehousing workloads to running mission-critical business applications, they help businesses unlock operational efficiencies and turn large amounts of data into real-time, actionable business insights.

HPE and SAP HANA have a proven track record of delivering rock-solid solutions together. The HPE ConvergedSystem 500 for SAP HANA powered by Intel® Xeon® E7 v4 architecture is a best-in-class system that is readily deployable, yet can scale up and scale out to support even the largest mission-critical application environments.

 

How BusinessObjects Will Transform SAP

Posted on: July 22nd, 2017 by Daniella Lundsberg

This post is brought to us by Symmetry Corporation.

 

SAP HANA® gets a lot of attention for its blazing speed, but from a business perspective, raw power is never the most important consideration. Even HANA’s advanced analytic and real-time business intelligence are only as valuable as the insights companies can draw from them. And valuable insights require intuitive, mobile apps designed around the needs of the user — not the structure of the backend.

When SAP Fiori was launched, it showed that SAP understood the importance of excellent UX, and the growing importance of mobile devices for business users. Its innovative interface replaces archaic desktop menus with natural workflow, in a product that’s as attractive as it is functional.

Superficially, while SAP’s SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 BusinessObjects announcement may seem like a rebranding, the product will prove every bit as innovative as Fiori. By providing BusinessObjects as a complete business intelligence (BI) suite, SAP has taken another major step toward in helping businesses harness the power of SAP HANA.

The SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 Keynote Address: Revealing the Future
SAP has sometimes been criticized for not being clear enough about its product offerings. As Gartner Research VP Cindi Howson put it, “BI and analytics is all I do, and yet, even for me, it’s a tough road map to keep track of.” At SAPPHIRE NOW, SAP CEO Bill McDermott directly addressed this criticism, pledging to make SAP more responsive to customers, with clearer product roadmaps and migration guidelines. But in that same speech, he emphasized the central role of design thinking that puts the end user experience above everything

“We feel strongly that design thinking and innovation is the way forward. So we truly have to understand that with every encounter with our customers means we have to understand their customers. We have to make the world run better, we have to improve people’s lives one customer at a time and that’s the commitment I give to you today.”

Offering analytics in a single package will certainly help SAP provide clearer roadmaps, and alleviate customer frustration. But how does SAP BusinessObjects help the end user?

Inside SAP BusinessObjects
SAP has combined all of its analytics into one tool in two main versions: BusinessObjects Cloud (formerly SAP Cloud for Analytics), and the on-premise version — BusinessObjects Enterprise. The enterprise version is offered in standard, pro and premium configurations, giving businesses the ability to select what features they need.

SAP BusinessObjects Cloud is a complete BI package, addressing everything from data curation through planning. For the first time, customers can get all their enterprise analytics in a single package — including modeling, visualization and mobile analytics.

Their mobile offerings are where things get innovative. SAP has included recently-acquired Roambi, a mobile-first app featuring beautiful visualizations, rendered on the fly to help users quickly draw the right conclusions from complex datasets.

Likewise, end users are about to get a lot more in light of another SAP SAPPHIRE NOW announcement: the partnership with Apple. By working together to offer an SDK, training and an iOS version of Fiori, the companies will accelerate the development of iOS Apps with SAP backend, leading to better mobile analytics.

SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 is the start of a new age of end-user experience.
Often, learning how to make the most of a new invention is an even bigger challenge than inventing it. Now it’s up to designers and developers — supported by the cloud SAP hosting professionals who make everything work together on the backend — to show the world just how good SAP HANA can be.

 

The Case for Composable Infrastructure

Posted on: April 1st, 2017 by Daniella Lundsberg

Established organizations with traditional IT infrastructures are challenged to fully leverage their investments in their legacy systems. The issue is that in today’s digital economy, these older systems simply can’t keep up with the demands of business. Organizations are finding that by attempting to retrofit their legacy systems, they are actually increasing their operating costs in the short term and are missing important opportunities over the long term.

Legacy IT–laden companies are poised to fall behind newer, digital competitors who are unburdened by older systems. These competitors are reaping the benefits of modern IT infrastructures by being able to execute on agile product-development cycles, digital operating models and lower operating costs. They can quickly and more easily respond to market shifts by gleaning real-time insights from their customer data.

What’s an organization to do?

It is unrealistic to ask IT to reduce operating costs in these traditional environments and simultaneously increase operational velocity in the new application domain. A new IT architecture is required. It must be one that facilitates innovation and value creation for a new breed of applications. And it must run traditional workloads more efficiently.

This modern IT architecture, developed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, is Composable Infrastructure. It is as innovative as it is groundbreaking. HPE Composable Infrastructure deploys resources as needed—quickly and for any workload—using intelligent software. It is built around fluid pools of physical and virtual compute, storage and fabric. It reduces operational effort and costs through internal software-defined intelligence with template-driven, frictionless operations. And it helps increase productivity by integrating and automating infrastructure operations and applications through a unified API. Thus, IT can create and deliver value instantly, continuously and at the speed and flexibility of cloud—within its own secure data center.

HPE Synergy is the first platform of its kind, architected from the ground up as a truly composable system environment. HPE Synergy’s unified infrastructure reduces operational complexity for traditional workloads and increases operational velocity for the new breed of applications and services. It easily enables a broad range of applications and operational models such as virtualization, hybrid cloud and DevOps.

American Digital is a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Platinum Partner with a keen focus on data center transformation. We provide the custom system-integration and consulting services, across HPE’s complete enterprise portfolio, that organizations require. Call us at 847-637-4300 or email us at info@americandigital.com to learn how Composable Infrastructure can work in your data center.

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