Driving powerful insights with Huawei SAP HANA

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Today’s business leaders need succinct and actionable information at their fingertips. Pertinent data, drawn from in-memory systems such as SAP HANA, can shape long term strategies, while enhancing day-to-day operations and empowering employees at every level.

But no matter their scale, most organisations currently struggle to build infrastructure that best enables their information to be deployed for strategic impact. Small company technology managers and enterprise chief information officers alike operate under a deluge of customer data from multiple sources, requiring processing and analysis on a massive scale. In this context, establishing a comprehensive and targeted view of information is crucial to competitiveness.

Businesses have thrown substantial budgets at this problem, yet to a large extent they still lack confidence in dealing with data. A recent Deloitte report found that most executives do not believe their business is insight-driven - and while they understand the importance of analytics they lack the right infrastructure to excel.

“Properly using data has become a number one priority for businesses, with efficiency high on the agenda given Covid-19 pressures for lower costs and quickly effective decisions,” explains Kenneth Zhang, President, FusionServer Business, Huawei. “Businesses are equally looking to data to help identify the business models of the future and step ahead of competitors. They need a thoroughly planned approach backed by supercomputing power to succeed.”

Hardware basis

According to McKinsey, a core foundational step towards using data well strategically is identifying and processing information properly, including the entire process of collecting, linking, cleaning, enriching and augmenting internal information. The IT environment must be able to process large amounts of information at great speed, it notes.

“Businesses need to begin by applying strong computing power, and then enhancing it as needed to cover demand surges and extra data loads,” Kenneth Zhang at Huawei explains. “This is the only way to ensure they will be able to meet their needs, and ultimately drive efficiency and growth from the data.”

Technology heads - from retail to finance, and manufacturing to healthcare and the public sector - are already turning to powerful databases, such as SAP HANA, with the aim of deriving sophisticated analytics from their information. With these databases operating in-memory, managers are expecting to rapidly extract, collate, interrogate and interpret masses of data. Such a result, however, is only possible with the supportive high computing power in place. “The performance and reliability of hardware directly affects how well the system works and how much businesses can count on it. Equally, it transforms what kind of analytics can be derived in rapid timeframes,” Kenneth Zhang explains.

Companies from different sectors are using the Huawei SAP HANA Solution, a database platform, to run real time analytics at up to 32 TB of in-memory capacity. The results are increased efficiency, high data performance and sharply cut operational expenditure. “The Huawei SAP HANA Solution uses our cutting-edge acceleration technologies to provide real-time data processing and analytics, so businesses have insights into their enterprise operation anywhere, anytime, on any device,” he explains.

The Huawei SAP HANA Solution, running on Huawei FusionServer Pro servers, is used by over 500 large businesses in more than 50 countries to eliminate performance bottlenecks, and support real-time data writing and analytics.

Seizing opportunities

The best results in these settings are being achieved by firms that support such powerful systems with a strong data culture. The consultancy firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) recommends technology bosses implement a ‘DataOps’ strategy to prioritise the smart use of information at all levels. There is a strong evidence base for working in this way: Deloitte found that in 2019, among the 37 percent of companies with the most embedded analytics cultures, nearly half significantly exceeded their business goals. In many cases, chief executives personally championed the use of analytics.

There are numerous examples of rapid processing and supercomputing power in practice, backed by a strong analytics culture. They include El Corte Inglés, Spain’s largest department store chain, which uses the Huawei SAP HANA Solution to analyse in real time vast quantities of sales data across online and offline channels, inventory data from 38 distribution centres, and membership information.

Using the appliance based on an 8 TB single-node scale-up architecture, El Corte Inglés is able to make much faster and better-informed business decisions, to recognise inventory shortages within a few minutes, and to better run stock replenishment. This is thanks to a 1,000-fold increase in processing power, with the one-server basis also dramatically simplifying operations and maintenance.

Other improvements on offer to various industries, from such an approach, range from predictive maintenance that lowers operating costs for vehicle fleets, to real time understanding of manufacturing quality that reduces rework and wasted materials in factories. Visibility can also be significantly enhanced across supply chains, while insights from customer experience can transform product designs and prompt innovation.

Across sectors, the opportunities to capitalise on data are enormous. “While the real-time processing and value mining of massive data requires powerful computing, with the right setup most companies can improve how they work, which is vital when they are so pressured on costs and efficiency,” Kenneth Zhang explains. “Big data analysis is also revealing new opportunities through reports in multiple potential and existing scenarios - this provides the basis for the business decision-making of the future.”

By combining the best servers and in-memory databases, with the right data culture, CIOs and other technology heads can unlock the insights their business needs to access dramatic efficiency improvements and gain powerful new competitive advantages.

For more information on getting the most from your data with Huawei SAP HANA Solution, visit e.huawei.com

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