If you’re like me, you continue to hear all this talk about HANA and in-memory computing. I’ve listened to the presentations and read multiple articles. But until I actually saw results, I didn’t really understand what it meant. Specifically, I talked to our itelligence leadership about a HANA success story at Eldorado, a Russian electronics retailer.
IBM recently published a case study about the Eldorado HANA rollout . I would like to point out a few of the items discussed in the case study. First off, there are big numbers discussed, like complex planning accelerated by 66 percent and reducing planning time from 35 hours to only 12 hours. Some other big numbers discussed include the reduction of storage needed (2.33 TB compressed to just 535 GB — a 77 percent reduction) and improved performance of the ten most-requested reports by more than 90 percent.
To me, those numbers sounded good. They get even better when you realize what they mean for day-to-day operations. For example: a report that would typically run in five minutes in the old system now completes in less than 30 seconds. Your employees no longer have to think so far in advance for the data they need to perform their job. They’ll have the information at their fingertips to quickly make informed decisions about operations and strategy.
How can you determine the return on investment of HANA? Can reporting speed allow for better management of inventory (capital dollars) or enable having the right product available at the right time and at the right price (higher revenue and/or EBIT)? How these questions are answered is key to understanding the benefits of HANA for your company. The value of time and the ability to quickly access information is something that only you can figure out.
Think about what a 90 percent improvement would mean in the following chart:
|Typical Report Runtime|
|1 hour||6 minutes|
|30 minutes||3 minutes|
|5 minutes||30 seconds|
How would you and your employees use the extra time?
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