SAP HANA Starter [Instant]

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Learn in an Instant - Short, Fast, Focused
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  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results.
  • Understand key principles behind SAP HANA
  • Discover the main features of the SAP HANA Studio for application design
  • Create a reporting application on the SAP HANA platform
  • Visualize your reporting data in Microsoft Excel

Book Details

Language : English
eBook : 66 pages
Release Date : November 2012
ISBN : 1849688680
ISBN 13 : 9781849688680
Author(s) : Mark Walker
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Enterprise Products and Platforms, Enterprise, SAP

Table of Contents

SAP HANA Starter
  • SAP HANA Starter
    • So, what is SAP HANA?
      • SAP HANA architecture
      • The hardware
      • The software
      • How does a column-based database work?
    • Installation
      • Step 1 – What do I need?
      • Step 2 – Downloading the SAP HANA Studio
      • Step 3 – Installing the SAP HANA Studio
      • Step 4 – Your first look at the SAP HANA Studio
      • Step 5 – Configuring the Studio
      • And that's it
    • Quick start – creating your first SAP HANA application
      • Step 1 – The example data
      • Step 2 – Creating a package
      • Step 3 – Creating an attribute view
      • Step 4 – Creating an analytical view
      • Step 5 - Previewing the data
    • Top features you'll want to know about
      • Analytic view
      • Filters
      • Calculated attributes
      • Input Parameters
      • Calculated Measures
      • Graphical Calculation View
      • SAP HANA integration with Microsoft Excel
    • People and places you should get to know
      • Official sites
      • Articles and tutorials
      • Community
      • Blogs
      • Twitter

Mark Walker

Mark Walker has been working with computers since a very early age, starting out with programming the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. After graduating from Cardiff University, he moved to France, starting a 17-year (so far) career in SAP development, first on the SAP ERP, then moving to SAP BW in 2004. He specializes in process optimization, especially in the SAP BPS and BI-IP modules. He's been following SAP HANA since its release in 2011, and is a certified HANA Application Associate since early 2012. Mark has been working for the last six years for Censio, a consultancy in Paris, France, which has expertise in SAP, Microstrategy, Business Objects, and Microsoft BI technologies. During that time he's worked on several end-to-end projects for some prestigious clients, and done some missions in SAP's name. In November 2012, he published SAP HANA Starter, Packt Publishing, a small book about getting a foothold in the SAP HANA world.
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What you will learn from this book

  • Understanding the concepts behind the SAP HANA System – what makes it different
  • Installation and configuration of the SAP HANA Studio
  • Creation of database tables and attribute and analytic views – the building blocks of any SAP HANA application
  • Development of graphical calculation views for more advanced reporting needs
  • Use of calculated attributes and measures in reporting views to manipulate data on the fly
  • Addition of filters and user prompts to your application for more dynamic output
  • Integration with reporting tools such as Microsoft Excel using MDX
  • Discover some of the most useful websites and blogs documenting SAP HANA

In Detail

SAP HANA is SAP's in-memory database technology, and the focal point of their next generation strategy. Using column-based storage to provide highly compressed and rapidly accessed data, a SAP HANA application can be several hundred times faster than the same application on previous generation database technology.

SAP HANA Starter is a hands-on book, taking you step-by-step through the creation of your first SAP HANA application. You will discover the building blocks that SAP HANA provides, and use them to create a robust reporting application. More advanced features are shown, allowing you to transform your reporting application into a yearly sales increase simulator. Finally, you’ll learn how to access your SAP HANA application from Microsoft Excel.

Using easy to understand examples and logical progression, you will build your first SAP HANA application – a sales amount simulator, from scratch.

Starting with the creation of tables in the database, and using the modeling building blocks provided by the SAP HANA Studio, you will first see how to build a reporting application on these tables, and then extend this application to allow sales increase simulation, finally making the data available to others in Microsoft Excel.


Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks. Written as a practical guide, SAP Hana Starter will show you all you need to know to build your first reporting application utilizing SAP’s new in-memory database technology.

Who this book is for

SAP HANA Starter is aimed at SAP consultants and users of competing database technologies, as well as anyone curious as to what all the fuss concerning SAP HANA is about. No previous SAP ERP, BW, or database programming experience is necessary, though notions of how SQL and table joins work will be advantageous. Access to a SAP HANA box is necessary to follow the examples locally.

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