How Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Are Using SAP HANA

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Blog | Sep 22, 2017

How Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Are Using SAP HANA

SAP HANA is often considered the sole reserve of big business. The simple logic goes that SAP HANA, no matter how outstanding its benefits, is a platform that only the largest enterprises can afford. However, SAP has been changing with the times and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are starting to take advantage of the change. SAP now has offerings and solutions designed specifically for SMEs, and third parties offering SAP hosting and services make the transition even more affordable.

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SAP HANA defined

SAP HANA is a real-time database platform built to handle the demands of a real-time world. The lightning-fast, next-generation database has been celebrated for its in-memory data architecture, which greatly increases the speed and performance of the latest generation of SAP solutions.

SAP Business One

If you're a growing SME that doesn't have an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution in place, then you're probably already feeling the need for one. Yet you probably also fear that one of the largest and perhaps most trusted name in ERP software will be formidably expensive and time-consuming to implement and maintain. For this reason, you may be wary of making the much-needed transition. However, with the relatively recent introduction of SAP Business One powered by SAP HANA, among other offerings aimed at SMEs, SAP HANA is now well within your reach.

SAP Business One is not only affordable, but flexible. If your SME is growing (and if you need ERP software it probably is) then you need a solution that can grow with you. In technical jargon, you need a solution that can scale. Thankfully, SAP Business One is not only scalable, but built with the flexibility to handle the unpredictable variables that come with the territory when you're a growing SME.

As promising as SAP Business One most certainly is, it's not the only way an SME can take advantage of SAP HANA. An experienced and certificed SAP support provider can acquaint you with the full range of options to custom-tailor a solution to fit the precise needs of your unique enterprise.

SAP HANA Hosting and Services

One of the best ways for SMEs to take advantage of SAP HANA is to find an affordable, SAP HANA certifified solution provider with the expertise and technology to help.


One of the most daunting tasks facing any enterprise ready to make the move to SAP HANA is how to host this powerful, complex database. Many find in-house hosting simply too expensive and time-consuming. Thankfully, there are SAP Certified hosting services out there that handle SAP HANA hosting for you, lifting the burden of this daunting task at a fraction of the cost and time-of-implementation of an onsite solution.


No matter how powerful your platform may be, if it's not performing optimally, it can get sluggish or even bring key systems to a halt. For this reason, no ERP solution is complete without an enterprise-grade 24/7 monitoring system in place. As an SME, finding the in-house expertise to monitor all the intricacies of SAP HANA may prove impractical, if not impossible. Yet an experienced, SAP Certified support provider can offer affordable, SAP HANA monitoring that's easy to implement.

Other support services

Certified SAP support providers can help SMEs not only with hosting and monitoring, but audits and compliancecloud solutionsdisaster recoverysecurity solutions, and more. Altogether, a support provider can help you not only with every aspect of your transition to an SAP HANA-powered platform, but with the ongoing process of maintaining and expanding your investment as you grow.


Making the transition

SAP HANA is no longer just for big business. The lightning-fast, real-time, in-memory database is now available to power SAP platforms for any size enterprise. For example, SAP Business One powered by SAP HANA is making the platform affordable and accessible to SMEs at every stage of the business life cycle. At the same time, SAP Certified support providers are giving SMEs the services they need to make full use of their investments. Such services include SAP HANA hosting, 24/7 monitoring and a wealth of other services to make the SAP HANA platform complete. Between SAP's efforts to bring SAP HANA to SMEs, and support providers' wide array of essential services, there is no longer anything standing in the way of an SME making the move to SAP HANA today.

For companies committed to realizing the potential of their data, the time is now to make sure your SAP systems are set up for success, no matter what state they may currently be in.

Regardless of where you are in your SAP journey today, it’s up to you to make sure that things are running as simple and seamlessly as possible. Are you standing still or are you committed to taking the first steps?  

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