SAP HANA, express edition

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SAP HANA, express edition is a streamlined version of SAP HANA that can run on laptops and other resource-constrained hosts, such as a cloud-hosted virtual machine. SAP HANA, express edition is free to use for in-memory databases up to 32GB of RAM.

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HANA express review by <span>Mike H.</span>
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"HANA Express - A great self learning and POC environment"

What do you like best?

The best thing that I like about HANA Express, is the ability to get a jump-start on your own development learning goals, without a time limit to constrain you, so that you can use it at your own pace. You do not even have to be a current SAP customer to take advantage of this.

This is NOT another "MINISAP" or "NSP" environment from the days past! There are great instructional videos, a healthy community of HANA experts, and familiar tooling to get you going. I applaud SAP for adopting Node for their XS Advanced runtime, and using a JavaScript engine which removes some the historical prohibitively difficult barrier of entry to overcome (ABAP knowledge, etc.)

The setup is quick and painless, unlike prior trial environments like MINISAP. You do not have to be an administrator to get going. They offer a practically turn-key VM to get going quickly.

What do you dislike?

I'd like inclusion of either Agile Data Preparation, and/or Smart Data Integration. Smart Data Access, Flow Graphs, and Stored Procedures however is a "good enough" stop-gap for this *free* system, though!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Please keep this program alive! The fact we can use a free sandbox without worry for time limits and even for small footprint productive use is the RIGHT way to promote further HANA adoption! We are also undertaking other larger scale HANA initiatives such as BW on HANA (or BW4/HANA, depending on timing) and our exposure with some flavor of HANA gives us a jump-start on understanding the possibilities for these larger implementations without waiting on these longer timelines.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Besides self-learning so that I remain proficient personally, we've used HANA Express to load data from relational databases into it so that we can use BI client tools such as SAP Lumira, Analysis for Office, Web Intelligence, and 3rd party tools like Tableau and Power BI with HANA's Calculation Views. The performance speed and development agility in this environment versus more traditional approaches (BW Cubes or Universes) has allowed us to rapidly prototype reporting scenarios and keep our power users engaged with faster turnaround times.

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HANA express review by <span>Abhinav S.</span>
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"SAP HANA Express Edition is boon for learners"

What do you like best?

SAP HANA Express edition is one of the best platform for learning analytics. It provides complete platform which you can use to develop and learn new concepts in HANA. As HANA is gaining footprints in enterprise landscape, it becomes imperative to consultants to keep them updated with the ever fasting pace of innovation. HANA Express edition provides that opportunity. I like its Geo spatial and Advanced Analytics features the most. Analytics is becoming a crux to any enterprise decision and HANA provides just the right tool for the same.

Another feature that I like most is the XS Advanced capabilities and cloud foundry based architecture.

The in-memory database provides the best performance than traditional SAP systems. Support for Predictive analytics is best available. and Text analysis adds value to the natural language processing.

What do you dislike?

Though there is nothing much to dislike about the product, however, it should also supports windows OS as well.

Also, it would be great if it can provide BOT support as well. Another feature that I would like to explore is using HANA for IoT business cases. The Pricing should be less as well so that consultants can have more hands-on exposure than understanding the mere concepts

Recommendations to others considering the product

The RAM should be at least 16 GB if you want to install it on premise.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used the edition to learn and explore the capabilities of HANA platform. I used the platform for exploring analytic features like Predictive algorithms and Mobile applications

What Relational Databases solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
HANA express review by <span>Amit G.</span>
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"It is perfect tool for "

What do you like best?

It can run on any workstation-class machine with 16 GB of RAM . It can run either as a virtual machine or can be installed directly on a system that has the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. It is very quick and easy installation. Also i have an option to go for Public cloud version, which will help me utilize my OPEX. Also the tutorials provided are very easy to understand.

What do you dislike?

SAP HANA, express edition is capped at 32 GB of compressed data. If you want to go higher than this, you'll have to license HANA in a different way. It might have atleaset 64GB. It should made available on open source linux platforms.

Recommendations to others considering the product

one of the best application available with ease of use and installation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SAP HANA analytics services good and better as compared to traditional database analytics. It is more faster than traditional databases. provides reports fatser.

HANA express review by <span>Pradeep B.</span>
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"Data insights improvements with HANA Express Edition"

What do you like best?

I can use and run it on personal laptop or desktop computer, or as a virtual machine on any operating system that can run a hypervisor. now there is no limitation for SAP HANA on devices other than existing, SAP-certified, hardware appliances. also it need very minimal hardware configuration with better performance.

What do you dislike?

32 GB at no charge . but Up 128 GB for a fee... :)

Recommendations to others considering the product

you can adopt easily with all inbuilt application engine along with HANA Express Edition.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

instead of going for SAP certified HANA appliance, I can go with this edition and use it at its optimization with very limited hardware, it have advanced data processing engine, so to meet all the requirements, by creating the Demo systems on in-house systems we can solve many problem of having HANA system in our landscape

HANA express review by <span>Francesco P.</span>
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"Best way to get started into SAP world"

What do you like best?

You download the virtual machine already installed and configured, and in no time you have a fully functional environment, perfect for those who want to learn how this modern platform works.

What do you dislike?

The hxexsa.ova image is set to use 12 GB, but it will not start correctly. It took 24 GB and a lot of patience to get started. The tutorial should clearly state and explain these problems.

Recommendations to others considering the product

24 to 32 GB RAM are needed if you go on-premise.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Learning without need of asking IT for SAP resources

HANA express review by <span>Ganapathy S.</span>
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"Excellent, for a Small Start up like us to explore HANA "

What do you like best?

Ease of installation and setup. The guides where self-explanatory. Hardly required any kind of additional assistance. Robust system with all the features for starters

What do you dislike?

Wouldnt call it dislike, however it would be great if the memory specifications were more clearer, suggested was 16GB however 32 GB is preferred. For start ps like us some test data would have been helpful

Recommendations to others considering the product

A great starting point for Small Enterprises looking to implement HANA and understand its capabilities. The best tool get your hands dirty with, developing applications.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

At this time we are working towards familiarizing HANA and its benefits to the organization. Working to build applications on top of HANA.

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