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Who Can learn SAP HANA?

Hello Everyone,

I am sure you might have heard about SAP HANA at least once in last couple of years as it has grown to one of the hot technologies in the market in terms of learning and for better career growth.

Wondering about what SAP HANA is and what you can learn in it?

In this article we will give you a brief overview of SAP HANA and what you can learn in it.

SAP HANA is an In-Memory, Columnar Database and Application Development Platform from SAP which can be deployed on-premise or in cloud.

Features of SAP HANA:

  • The pure in-memory technology allows business to explore/analyze their data in sub seconds.
  • Supports for real-time analytics across the systems.
  • Supports real-time data replication from different source systems.
  • Provides tighter integration with SAP BOBI (Business Objects and Business Intelligence).
  • It has got SQL and MDX connectivity to support third party tools integration.
  • In-built web server (XS Server) eliminates the need to have additional web server for web based application.
  • Single eclipse platform for Administration, Modeling and Development.
  • All the models created are virtual and executed the business logic during run time.
  • SAP HANA can be used to as database platform for SAP ERP (S4 HANA) and SAP BW (SAP BW on HANA) to leverage exiting landscape.

Most frequently asked questions by people who just heard about SAP HANA:

  • What are the pre-requisites to learn SAP HANA?
  • What can I learn in SAP HANA?
  • Do I need knowledge on ABAP?
  • Do I need knowledge on SAP BW, SAP BO & SAP Data Services?
  • I am from programming background (Java, JQuery, PHP and HTML), Can I learn SAP HANA?
  • I have SQL and PL SQL knowledge, can I learn SAP HANA?
  • I have knowledge / working on Database (Oracle, MS SQL, DB2), Can I learn SAP HANA?
  • How to get SAP HANA Certification?
  • Where can I find SAP HANA Certification Material?
  • What are the pre-requisites to learn SAP HANA?
    • To be specific there are no pre-requisites to learn SAP HANA apart from your interest to learn technology. The other thing that differentiates pre-requisites is the area you want to learn in SAP HANA.
  • Confused?
    • SAP HANA as a platform can be categorized into three major areas for a person to work on, namely:
    • Administrator: An administrator is responsible for SAP HANA Database Installation & Configuration, Database Maintenance, Monitoring, Backup & Restore and User Management.
    • Modeler: A modeler should have idea about different data provisioning techniques available to bring data from different sources to SAP HANA, build information models (modeling objects) based on business requirements, Performance tuning, Data Security, Different Reporting tools that can connect to SAP HANA and much more.
    • Application Developer: An application developer will be working on programming languages like Java Script, JQuery, HTML and other languages to build web applications that runs on SAP HANA Database platform.
Things to Remember
If you planning to learn Modeling in SAP HANA, then it will be added advantage if you have basic knowledge on Data Warehouse Concepts, Dimension Modeling and SQL.
For Basic SQL you can refer:
http://www.tutorialspoint.com/sql/sql-rdbms-concepts.htm
If you are interested to learn SAP BW running on SAP HANA, then you should have SAP BW work experience.
If you are planning to learn Administration in SAP HANA, then you need to have basic knowledge on database administration and basic UNIX commands.
If you are planning to learn Application Development in SAP HANA, then knowledge on programming languages is necessary.

 

  • What can I learn in SAP HANA?
    • You can learn one of the three areas namely Administration, Modeling and Development.
  • Do I need knowledge on ABAP?
    • Not necessary unless you are going to work on SAP ERP on HANA (S/4 HANA) or SAP BW on HANA where you would be writing ABAP programs in ERP or BW system.
  • Do I need knowledge on SAP BW, SAP BOBI & SAP Data Services?
    • Let’s look at one by one.
    • SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW):
      • It is a Data Warehousing solution from SAP BW and provides complete data warehousing solution for customers whose business is running on SAP systems like ERP, CRM.
      • If you have BW knowledge, then it will be easy to understand object names and modeling concepts in SAP HANA. SAP BW knowledge is required if you are going to work on SAP BW on HANA system.
    • SAP Business Objects Business Intelligence (SAP BOBI):
      • It is an enterprise reporting solution stack that can be used to create reports against any source system. You don’t need SAP BOBI knowledge to learn SAP HANA.

Things to Remember
If you have both SAP HANA and SAP BOBI knowledge then it will be easy to project your profile in the market because most of the customers who owns SAP HANA will have SAP BOBI as their reporting solution.

  • SAP Data Services (SAP DS):
    • It is an ETL tool from SAP and used to extract, transform and load data from different source systems to SAP HANA in batch. You don’t need SAP Data Services knowledge to learn SAP HANA.

Things to Remember
If you have both SAP HANA and SAP Data Services knowledge then it will be easy to project your profile in the market because most of the customers who owns SAP HANA will have SAP Data Services as their ETL tool.

  • I am from programming background (Java, JQuery, PHP and HTML), Can I learn SAP HANA?
    • The best area that suits for you is Development. You can use SAP HANA Studio which is an eclipse based environment to build web applications on SAP HANA.
  • I have SQL and PL SQL knowledge, can I learn SAP HANA?
    • The best area would be Modeling as you already have SQL and PL SQL knowledge. If you can spend little time on learning modeling concepts in SAP HANA and different modeling objects and see if you can learn either SAP Data Services or SAP BOBI to make profile even stronger.
  • I have knowledge / working on Database (Oracle, MS SQL, DB2), Can I learn SAP HANA?
    • The best bet for you is Modeling or if you are coming from database administration background then Administration.
  • How to get SAP HANA Certification?
    • You can write certification by booking slot in www.training.sap.com. There certain pre-requisites to take SAP HANA Certification:
    • You should have taken SAP HANA training from either SAP or their certified vendors.
    • Or
    • You should submit a letter from your company stating you have min 6 month work experience on SAP HANA.
Note: This is based on our knowledge and we don’t take any responsibility for this. You can always check with SAP on pre-requisites.

 

By | 2017-08-14T21:46:54+00:00 February 4th, 2016|HANA|1 Comment

One Comment

  1. Amit July 25, 2017 at 8:11 AM - Reply

    I am a mechanical engineer and I have 2years of experience in oil and gas technical cum procurement department. I am planning to pursue Global Sap Certification course.My question is can I go for Sap Hana.I mean i don’t have any knowledge of software languages but I want to pursue technical sap.Will it be a good step to pursue Sap Hana.

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