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SAP HANA, express edition

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 Mike H.
Mike H.
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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 Abhinav S.
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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 Amit G.
Amit G.
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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 Pradeep B.
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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 Francesco P.
Francesco P.
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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 Ganapathy S.
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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.

HANA express review by Amit G.
Amit G.
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"SAP HANA Express Edition is best you can give to your business"

What do you like best?

Speed and Analytical capabilities of the system.

What do you dislike?

As the technology is still not mature enough there is not anything to say about dislikes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for the technology. have so much potential.

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

SAP HANA provides the real time data analytic and easy to use functions to model the complex data as per the business requirements.

HANA express review by Andre C.
Andre C.
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"Great product"

What do you like best?

- Easy to install and configure

- The free 32GB version can accomplish a lot and is very scalable when needed

- Loads of Predictive analytics libraries

What do you dislike?

I dont have any real dislikes but would have loved to be able to use Smart Data Streaming on Express

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

Analytical insights and report optimization

HANA express review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"The best in memory technology"

What do you like best?

Application is user friendly, installation and configuration is easy.

What do you dislike?

Using 32 Gigs of memory is a bit overkill, probably somewhere around 16GB would be awesome.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have SAP Enterprise platforms in place, then go with hana express to easily build and deploy hana platform based application.

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

Initially I was working for a PoC to showcase platform capabilities to the client.

With express edition, I din't need much resources, all' I had to do was extract and run the appliance.

HANA express review by Galal O.
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" InMemory, column-store, embedded application server, all in one and easy to use package"

What do you like best?

Powerfulness wiyh ease of use.

Completeness without complexity.

Features with engineering.

What do you dislike?

Delay in some services startup.

It took me sometime having some issues and after a while I discovered that it is because of the startup delay for some services.

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

Advanced analytics.

Perhaps the most annoying thing for me as a bi developer is waiting for query results, it cuts my line of thoughts .

HANA express review by Kristijan M.
Kristijan M.
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"HANA express edition"

What do you like best?

I like the best integration with SAP WebIDE so you can try your own Fiori development process.

What do you dislike?

Everything is great, maybe limitation of 32GB.

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

Testing purpose.

HANA express review by Sunil N.
Sunil N.
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"Easy and Simple"

What do you like best?

Having the HANA system on your own system and doesn't have to depend on other parameters

What do you dislike?

Meeting the minimum requirement for having HANA express edition is bit diff. As we cant have it in all existing systems.

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

It gives the flexibility of trying out multiple POC and its not dependent on other resources. Stimulating the test case would be easier.

HANA express review by Ali A.
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"The power of HANA express edition"

What do you like best?

It can be used in laptobs and medium performance PCs. Good to start learning HANA technology.

What do you dislike?

The limitations of in-memory database for the free version, however it is available for purchase for whom is interested.

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

I can develop and test my applications and make prototypes easily even without having access to the live system.

HANA express review by Internal Consultant
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"Great product for learning SAP HANA"

What do you like best?

Great product for learning SAP HANA before purchasing is the future.

What do you dislike?

I did not dislike. However, a clean cheat sheet could help.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely buy.

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

Before making decision to purchase SAP HANA product, it is a good to learn its capability

HANA express review by Lucas C.
Lucas C.
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"Hana Express is Amazing"

What do you like best?

Its a good environment to made tests and learn more about the power tools that SAP HANA offers

What do you dislike?

nothing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it, it is simple and easy to use/learn

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

I was solving the difficult to use one or more datasources with data in different format to made an integrated report.

HANA express review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Excellent Product for a medium sized company"

What do you like best?

Portability, No hassle of very lengthy installation process.

What do you dislike?

Well I haven't 'found any thing to dislike.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For small to medium scale organization the Hana express edition is a perfect choice.

Especially who seeks less overhead of installation and configuration.

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

Predictive analysis based on historical records.

HANA express review by Samuel "Joey" M.
Samuel "Joey" M.
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"Easy to use"

What do you like best?

It was very simple to setup and get working. Allowed me to run some examples and proof of concept ideass

What do you dislike?

Requires a lot of resources to run as a virtual machine on developer workstations

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

Educating myself on Fiori and HANA

HANA express review by Administrator in Food Production
Administrator in Food Production
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"Great to get your feet wet"

What do you like best?

Easy to setup and great way to get familiar with SAP HANA for free

What do you dislike?

Make sure you have someone that knows Linux. I downloaded the fully contained VM image and wanted to have it in our existing vmware virtual server. The instructions were a little flaky, had to get help from local Linux guy to make it work

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to setup. Just make sure you have someone that knows Linux.

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

Speed of reports has improved exponentially

HANA express review by Pranay N.
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"Easy to Learn and Train young associates"

What do you like best?

Ease of learning HANA and building XSA apps

What do you dislike?

Setup time in the laptop using VMware. Need a easier path like CD.

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

Having the team learn and build PoCs and Deploy on customer projects

HANA express review by Administrator in Textiles
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"SAP HANA, express edition"

What do you like best?

For a learner like me , it is really one of the best way sap has given us by SAP HANA , express edition to learn and expand our knowledge base by doing all practices in provides HANA edition, thanks a lot for such wonderful approach.

What do you dislike?

still some improve are required , like live support by chat

Recommendations to others considering the product

must try, lovely product

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

we are getting live reporting without any delay

HANA express review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Awesome product"

What do you like best?

The prepackaged, preinstalled vm.

Just extract and run, everything works out of the box.

What do you dislike?

Memory requirement, it requires more memory compared to other analytical platforms like Hadoop.

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

Predictive Analysis

HANA express review by Hendrik G.
Hendrik G.
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"SAP Hana express edition"

What do you like best?

SAP Hana express edition is very good starting point to explore all benefits provided.

What do you dislike?

I have IBM Power Linux server in my environment.

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

ERP

HANA express review by User
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"Ease Of Use"

What do you like best?

I’ve been using Sap Hana to transfer data from the current system at work. It’s a very easy system to get used to quickly and has a good overall presentation.

What do you dislike?

You can’t save the application on your toolbar for easy access to open after closing.

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

Combining all our data into one Sap Hana.

HANA express review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Great Experience"

What do you like best?

A lot of samples and interesting features to play on sandbox and research without mayor limitation.

What do you dislike?

We want more documentation and delivery another connectors, the software speed we want accelerate.

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

Consolidate, external non-sap application, and create SAP a consolidate platform, and allow migrate to enterprise HANA our application.

HANA express review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"It was an awesome experience with. SAP HANA Express Edition."

What do you like best?

The way SAP HANA Express is provided as a nutshell in VMWare.

What do you dislike?

I need to explore more to point out the dislike points.

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

Creating Information Models, SLT Replication, BODS Replication, HANA Development

HANA express review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Nice to know about in memory computing and easy setup"

What do you like best?

build an app with easy way. Time saving on infra build

What do you dislike?

I didn't fell any uncomfortable with express edition

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

It's really helpful for the application and mobiles

HANA express review by Consultant
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"Abap developer"

What do you like best?

Sviluppo applicazioni e mi piacerebbe accesso a abap

What do you dislike?

Non ho trovato al momento alcun malfunzionamento

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

Develop

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