SAP's Accuracy

How Accurate Was SAP on HANA Being an Perfect Fit for ERP?

Executive Summary

  • For years SAP has said that HANA was an excellent fit for ERP.
  • In this article, we review the accuracy of this claim. 

What SAP Said About HANA Being an Excellent Fit for ERP

SAP proposed HANA as being equally suitable for either transaction processing or for analytics from the day that HANA was first introduced. SAP stated that HANA was so good at this that they refused to certify any other database aside from HANA for S/4HANA.

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Hasso Plattner proposed that MRP systems would be radically improved in performance as we cover in the article Is Hasso Plattner Right on S/4HANA?

“It is sad to still hear the same arguments after all the sales success, the implementations in record time and happy productive customers. We have written books, where we describe dozens of new or improved application scenarios, specific events are taking place throughout the world and we have many success stories on our website. I just heard of a Chinese fashion manufacturer who installed SAP S/4HANA and reports a game changing improvement of the MRP2 run from more than 24 hours to under two hours. My advice for the smaller and midsize SAP Business Suite customers is to carefully watch the early adopters, soon approaching 2000, especially in related industries.” – Hasso Pattner

After detailed analysis, which included when S/4HANA became available, when its MRP functionality could have been used, and when Hasso made this statement, we concluded that this could not have happened.

What Really Has Been Happening with ERP on HANA?

In numerous reports from the field, we have found HANA not only has no performance benefit over previous generation databases but significant performance problems running MRP.

This we covered in the article How to Interpret MRP Performance Problems HANA.

As is covered in the article Why HANA is a Mismatch for S/4HANA and for ERP, HANA is a poor match for ERP systems because it has shown to be inferior to previous versions of Oracle and IBM and Microsoft for transaction processing.

Conclusion and Calculation

SAP receives a 0% accuracy rating on HANA being perfect for ERP systems.

Link to the Parent Article

This is one of many research articles on a specific topic, that support a larger research calculation. For the overview of the research calculation for all of the SAP topics that were part of the study, see the following primary research A Study into SAP’s Accuracy.