SAP giving Ariba an in-memory energy boost with Hana

More details will be revealed at the Sapphire conference in June

SAP is making good on a promise to migrate its Ariba e-commerce software to the Hana in-memory computing platform, and says an initial step has already produced staggering performance improvements.

While SAP has said it would align Ariba with Hana since purchasing the company in 2012, the work to do so has now begun in earnest. Ariba' Spend Visibility product has made the move over, and users are "now processing key operational and analytical reports up to 100 times faster," SAP said in a statement on Tuesday. The transition was completed with zero down time, SAP added.

Now it is working on moving Ariba's trading network to Hana. The switch will allow Ariba customers to analyze their business trading data faster than ever, according to SAP. "Once a sourcing project, contract or invoice is initiated on the network, companies can immediately perform more complex analyses based on an expanded set of variables, including cost centers, purchase price variances and micro regions, and receive results in real time."

SAP plans to showcase the new capabilities in June during the Sapphire conference in Orlando.

By porting Spend Visibility first, SAP "is starting with probably one of the easier and more appealing pieces of Ariba functionality," said Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research, in a blog post.

"Spend Visibility is a planning process in purchasing where the buyers analyse the quality of their suppliers and decide, if changes on the supplier side are necessary -- mostly for business risk and viability reasons."

"From a pure code perspective this should be a low-hanging fruit use case -- but you can't blame anyone, even SAP, to start with the easier tasks when migrating to a new platform," Mueller added.

However, "moving the Ariba Network over to HANA is more challenging, as the supplier network is a living structure with constant changes," he wrote.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

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