A Note From the Authors of SAP HANA Advanced Modeling

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Fabian Bentz

SAP HANA Advanced Modeling CoverDear Reader,
Currently all new features, technologies and tool stacks being offered by SAP, evolve around its central platform SAP HANA. SAP HANA is an in-memory database offering a large number of possibilities for modeling reports based on SAP HANA information views and creating analytic environments. Even though SAP HANA runs in-memory, this does not implicitly mean that every implementation in SAP HANA returns query results within milliseconds.

We have seen low-performing SAP HANA based solutions and have been faced with lots of architectural, as well as organizational questions around the introduction of SAP HANA. For these reasons, we decided to write SAP HANA Advanced Modeling. It offers valuable guidelines, best practices for designing and optimizing your data model, and SAP HANA information views. It covers topics like operational vs. analytic reporting (including SAP HANA Live), agile and distributed development methods, common test approaches and finally modular solutions to complex modeling problems.

We hope you enjoy reading this book and that it will be a helpful guide for your SAP HANA project.

Yours Sincerely,

Benedikt, Stefan and Dominique

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Learn more about the authors:

Dominique Alfermann is a Consultant in the global Insights & Data Practice at Capgemini Deutschland GmbH. He is an information systems graduate (M.Sc.) of the University of Leipzig. Dominique is a skilled and experienced architect in particular in SAP HANA environments. He has performed several proofs of concept as well as development projects to demonstrate the power and capabilities of native SAP HANA design elements. His deep SAP HANA knowledge helps him in successfully leading SAP HANA implementation or transformation programs. Dominique is SAP BW and SAP HANA certified.

Benedikt Engel is Senior Consultant in the global Insights & Data Practice at Capgemini Deutschland GmbH. Since his graduation in information systems (B.Sc.) at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, he has been working on innovative business intelligence applications based on SAP NetWeaver BW and native SAP HANA. In addition to his profound knowledge of designing and implementing custom-specific business intelligence solutions, he has solid experience in combining SAP Business Warehouse and SAP HANA concepts. Benedikt is SAP BW certified. His engagements cover architecture roles, especially in hybrid scenarios leveraging both SAP BW and SAP HANA.

Dr. Stefan Hartmann is Principal Solution Architect in the global Insights & Data practice at Capgemini Deutschland GmbH. He has designed and implemented Business Intelligence applications based on SAP NetWeaver BW for more than 13 years. The development of transformation strategies towards sustainable business intelligence services is one of his areas of expertise. Thus, his focus is on SAP BW and SAP HANA architectures. Stefan is SAP BW and SAP HANA certified. He has worked on several proofs of concept, SAP HANA feasibility studies, as well as SAP HANA transformation programs.