SAP SapphireNOW Orlando is over and I’m back at my California home. We had great traffic at the data warehousing booth and it was fun to meet many of you in person. Lots of in-depth conversations about how one goes about architecting the idea business warehouse for specialized applications.
A question I was asked a lot was about the future of SAP Business Warehouse. Don’t worry, Business Warehouse is very much a part of SAP’s future plans. While we are always looking for ways to eliminate copies of data, that it not the true power of Business Warehouse. Business Warehouse provides the toolset to design the complex hierarchies of data warehouse as well as key process automation and monitoring. It is a core modeler for an efficient data warehouse for its entire lifestyle, not simply loading data. And Business warehouse provides the services to integrate data from many sources and manage the underlying data bases in ways far more sophisticated than basic SQL. While these services will continue to be ever more closely tied with SAP HANA, our in-memory application platform and database, they are still distinct needs of the complex data warehouse.
Other customers asked me about our commitment to Hadoop and what was the difference between Hadoop, and our disk-based, HANA Dynamic Tiering. Well, SAP is very into both. Hadoop is, of course, an open source product of the Apache foundation. Dynamic Tiering is underlied by the columnar database design and legacy of SAP IQ. At its heart, Dynamic Tiering is a very powerful relational database. When data is already well structured, it is an ideal store for large quantities of business data, video, and text. Hadoop is, at its heart, a key-value pair on a distributed file system. This makes it fantastic for the acquisition of fast moving, unstructured data in a cost-effective way. Both are highly relevant for the future of data warehousing and SAP is committed to providing all the tools customers need to build data warehouses for the source data you will likely encounter in the future.