SAP reveals Predictive Analytics, HANA updates

SAP SE has released the 2.2 version of SAP Predictive Analytics, extending the solution’s capabilities to cover wider datasets, and introduced a new mobile app, SAP Cloud for Planning.

The announcements were made at SAPinsider BI 2015, held this week in Nice, France.

With widely varying data expected to be generated in big data and Internet of Things contexts, the 2.2 version of Predictive Analytics has been designed to both handle this complexity while improving the efficiency and effectiveness of predictive modelling, for improved customer insights.

Among the solution’s new capabilities are integration with the SAP Business Warehouse application (offline mode), improved integration with view in SAP HANA and new algorithms in the automatic predictive library, and enhancements to the user experience through improved R integration, new model comparison, and model management enhancements.

Also announced in Nice was the release of service pack 10 (SPS10) for the SAP HANA platform.

According to SAP, the new release helps companies connect with the Internet of Things (IoT) at enterprise scale, manage big data more effectively, extend high availability of data across the enterprise, and develop new applications.

“The new capabilities of SAP HANA ensure data center-readiness, enable synchronization of data to any remote system, extend high availability and disaster recovery of enterprise data and perform advanced analytics,” said Quentin Clark, chief technology officer, SAP. “We are readying our customers for the inevitable digitization of our entire economy.”

A new remote data synchronisation feature supports Internet of Things applications by enabling enterprises to synchronise data between HANA and remote locations at the edge of the network, such as distant locations on ships, pumping stations and in mines, even while offline.

SAP HANA SPS10 also has expanded data processing capabilities, with text mining extended to SQL and new spatial processing enhancements support multidimensional objects and spatial expressions, so developers can incorporate visualisation in business applications.

SAP also reported its current customer numbers for SAP HANA, which have almost doubled over the last year to 6400. SAP HANA Cloud Platform currently has 1400 customers, while 370 customers have opted for SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA since its release in February this year.


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