Did you know that SAP HANA is much more than a high-speed analytic appliance? TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic reveals how HANA is a universal database that will enable companies to analyze large volumes of operational and transactional information in real time, from virtually any data source, and that will eventually deliver an entirely new class of applications that will change the way people think, work, plan, and operate.
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different purposes: a relational database for user logging and data storing, a NoSQL (Not only SQL) database for unstructured data handling and indexing (e.g., in the e-mail inbox), an OLAP data warehouse for analysis of users’ logs and preferences, etc. The differences are nuanced, and these nuances present the advantage of one database (approach) over another. To that end, HANA’s purpose is not to necessarily unify all of these disparate worlds and approaches, but rather to reduce the differences