What Tech Execs Need to Know about Hosted SAP HANA Posted: September 10, 2013 at 3:42 am Historically, real-time business insight was impossible, since separate analytical and transaction databases require numerous complex data models to make data meaningful to business users. SAP HANA breaks traditional database barriers to simplify IT landscapes, eliminating data preparation, preaggregation, and tuning. You can instantly access huge volumes of structured and unstructured data, including text data, from different sources. SAP HANA’s exponential speed improvements allow your team to deploy and run strategic applications that take your business to the next level. For example, if you’re a beverage company, you can leverage the power of SAP HANA to develop daily reports accurately predicting where to send shipments, as well as tracking which distributors are growing or shrinking. Of course, it’s hard to focus on projects that deliver improved performance and thus business results if your staff is caught up in the running and maintaining of SAP HANA’s specialized servers. Managed hosting requires less staff. Computer World Australia stated that physical servers require an admin for every 10-15 machines. That’s a lot of staff stuck managing your data center, ordering servers and upgrading operating systems. A Managed Hosting model drastically reduces the number of staff required to oversee your data center operations. It allows specialization. Managed hosting frees your team from maintaining servers so they can focus on projects that could never be outsourced. Instead of hiring people to run a data center, you can focus headcount on engineers who push the limits of what SAP HANA can do for your business. It’s a proactive move in the face of the impending skilled tech worker shortage. It’s cost-effective. One of the great things about managed hosting is that it moves the cost of infrastructure from a capital expense to an operating expense, spreading the cost over years instead of a staggering upfront investment. But it’s also actually more cost-effective. When you factor in the cost of the machine, its storage, network and real estate, “companies that outsource their infrastructure as a service (IaaS) can expect to achieve 18% cost savings over three years compared to in-house IT,” according to Network World.