As part of the Hana development team I do know the details of the database quite well.
SAP Hana is a relational database like any other, but to take full advantage of it, its internal mechanisms need to be understood. I have been part of the Hana development group for multiple years, hence do know quite a lot.
A first information about what is so special with Hana can be found in my popular blog.saphana.com post.
Apache Kafka is the realtime backbone for data in many companies already.
There are many options to combine Big Data with SAP including cheap ones.
Pick and use the the best suited SAP product for data Integration.
SAP provides various products in the area of Data Integration. Some focus on pure Data Integration, others on Process or System Integration. The trick is to pick the one best suited for the given task.
(e.g. see here)
Of course it would be nice if one tool could solve all problems but the requirements are too diverse for that. In fact, one of the reasons there are so many options is because SAP tries to help customers and provide tools that perfectly match a typical use case. However, as soon as the use case does not match the products’ assumptions… things get hard.
On the other hand, with general purpose tools all things are made harder than they need to be. You need to find the one that fulfills your needs best.
If in doubt, we can brainstorm together. It will be much cheaper than what I have seen recently, products bought for >100k and not providing any value.
SAP Hana Smart Data Integration is one of the hidden gems, useful for many situations.
SAP Data Services is a very powerful ETL tool, per Gartner Magic Quadrant. We can help to be most efficient.
SAP Data Services is a very powerful ETL tool, as can be seen in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration.
I was part of the product team in various roles, Developer, Product Manager, Performance Expert, Troubleshooter, Consultant, Trainer. Hence I can provide deep insights and build dataflows very quickly.
A suggested engagement is to get the customer team started, review the work on a frequent basis and build the most complex transformations together. This way the project team can learn while doing their jobs and will be most efficient.
During the days as product manager one of the tasks was to help the community. In the Business Objects Forum BOB answering questions. The majority of the in the SCN Wiki was created by me.