SAP Announces Hanalyzer and HANA Updates

Today, SAP announced the latest version of Hanalyzer, its project management tool for SAP users looking to upgrade to HANA. Users often find themselves hampered with lines of problematic code when upgrading; the tool analyzes their SAP systems and indicates where the code is not HANA-ready. The latest version of Hanalyzer analyzes each code issue for impact and complexity and provides users with a list of the issues that are worth fixing.

Hanalyzer is developed by Gekkobrain, a company founded by a team of SAP developers and specialists that provides tools to assist users with HANA updates. The solution uses SAP's code inspector to preserve SAP's best practices when identifying code issues. Furthermore, the introduction of runtime usage information ensures that users can ignore issues in unused programs. Hanalyzer's results are presented in a bubble chart that indicates where to start.

Joe Strand, software engineer and director at Gekkobrain, said in a statement that Hanalyzer allows project managers to carry out updates more efficiently:

"For a typical ECC system, we find about 30,000 issues. We then run a UPL or usage analysis, which will typically cut that to half. Hanalyzer then runs through the remaining issues to figure out what kind of complexity is involved and what impact they will have. The analysis is presented in a bubble chart, which shows the user exactly where to start. It will simply collect the issues by development class—or for BW in info areas—so the technical project manager can delegate the tasks to his team right away."

And earlier this week, SAP announced SAP HANA express edition, a streamlined version of its platform designed for the development of data-driven applications. The release aims to provide developers with access to the HANA platform in order to build applications on a desktop, a laptop, or in the cloud. Developers can test and deploy apps that use up to 32 GB of memory free of charge, or pay to upgrade for more memory.

Irfan Khan, GM and global head, database and data management at SAP, said in a statement that the express edition lets developers use "their programming language of choice":

"Today's fast-paced digital economy requires businesses to be extremely agile, with the ability to gain unlimited knowledge from any data type and data source located inside or outside the company. SAP HANA, express edition, is easy to download and free of charge so developers can quickly start building powerful, modern applications using their programming language of choice rather than managing complex IT frameworks and infrastructures."

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