SAP introduces Activate for S/4 HANA; releases SQL Anywhere Suite 17

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To help customers deploying SAP S/4 HANA get up and running faster, SAP has introduced SAP Activate – a “consumption experience” which includes ready-to-run business processes optimised for the new platform.

According to SAP, the Activate methodology is the successor to the ASAP methodology and SAP Launch methodologies, and aligns with use of SAP’s premium SAP MaxAttention and SAP Act Embedded services.

SAP Activate takes as its starting point SAP Best Practices packages, which provide financial and operational business processes integrated with other cloud solutions such as SuccessFactors Employee Central and the Ariba Network. It features guided configuration, which will take customers through the migration process to S/4 HANA, regardless of whether they are moving from a non-SAP database or a legacy system.

Activate uses one methodology for cloud, on premise or hybrid deployment modes, as well as guided configuration to speed deployment. It also allows customers to choose the right approach for their business needs – whether it is a new implementation, integration or migration scenario.

SAP Activate is embedded in SAP S/4HANA, with no additional licenses required to utilise the methodology.

This week SAP has also released version 17 of the SAP SQL Anywhere database suite, which it says provides new remote data synchronisation capabilities for Internet of Things systems and data-intensive mobile apps.

“With the latest release of SAP SQL Anywhere, enterprise data can be securely captured, accessed and fed back into SAP HANA from remote workplaces such as retail stores, restaurants and satellite offices within large enterprises,” said Ken Tsai, vice president of Platform Technology, Platform Solutions Group, SAP.

“Customers can also collect and analyse IoT data required for performing critical tasks at distant locations with low bandwidth or intermittent connections or even while offline.”

The version 17 release offers customers benefits in three key areas according to SAP: support of a wide variety of programming languages and environments, enabling use with a range of IoT application scenarios; improved synchronisation, encryption and data isolation; and reduced downtime for database maintenance and applications upgrades, through the addition of new features such as online rebuild, dynamic operation of connection protocols, and point-in-time recovery.

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