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SAP HANA: No Longer in the Trough of Disillusionment?

Blog Post created by Generosa Litton Employee on Nov 21, 2014

According to Gartner's 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies press release (see figure 1 below which I captured directly from the press release), in-memory databases such as SAP HANA are in the Trough of Disillusionment stage which they define as when " Interest wanes as experiments and implementations fail to deliver. Producers of the technology shake out or fail. Investments continue only if the surviving providers improve their products to the satisfaction of early adopters."  If you want to check out Garter's definitions of all the stages, check this out.

GartnerHype_Aug2014.jpgAlthough this hype cycle came out in August 2014, it's obvious to me that SAP HANA has moved on to a different stage.  Here's why.


SAP's latest 3rd quarter 2014 results highlighted the broad market adoption of SAP HANA.  "More Than 4,100 HANA Customers and More Than 1,450 Business Suite on HANA Customers Demonstrate the Clear Business Benefits of the Leading Real-Time Business Platform."  Clearly we aren't seeing a decline in interest or failed implementations.  However, what caught my attention was the number of customers running Business Suite on HANA.  Given that SAP has more than 200,000 business application customers, 1,450 Business Suite on HANA customers is just the tip of the iceberg.  Surely, the adoption of business suite on HANA will continue to rise and organizations will realize that they will need a scalable and resilient infrastructure to gain maximum benefits. SAP's vision of running mission-critical applications on SAP HANA is why we at HDS designed our SAP HANA architecture with enterprise-class components right of the bat.  And we are seeing many organization benefit from our solution.  One of our partners, Infosys, just went live with the largest single instance of SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA.  More than 150,000 users are accessing this system.  And guess what infrastructure this is deployed on?  You got it, its Hitachi Unified Compute Platform for SAP HANA!  Check out the complete press release here.


When organizations start running their mission-critical applications on top of SAP HANA, you know that it is no longer in the "Trough of Disillusionment."  What stage do you think it's at right now?  I'd be interested on your thoughts.