SAP HANA Upgrade

SAP has placed a big bet on Hana, so customers that haven’t already switched to its in-memory computing platform can be sure they’ll be encouraged to do so in the near future. If they’re smart, they’ll make sure they’re ready.

A big part of preparing for a move to Hana is updating your custom code — and that can be easier said than done.

“Most SAP users will have thousands of objects with custom code,” said Joe Strand, director of Gekkobrain, a consultancy firm that focuses on that challenge. “Each single code line needs to be vetted and fixed for Hana to work best.”

On average, SAP users have close to 30,000 objects that will need updating, Strand added; for some companies, the process can take as long as a year

SAP’s latest iteration of its business suite, S/4Hana, is much more than an incremental update, and it gives an “incredible” performance boost while simplifying and reducing the size of the code base, according to Frank Scavo, president of Computer Economics.