Business intelligence solutions that use SAP HANA natively are fundamentally different from SAP BW on SAP HANA. A native implementation of SAP HANA represents solutions that provision and access data within SAP HANA directly. After the data is provisioned within SAP HANA, the multidimensional modeling views can be created to express the data in a business-centric, multidimensional model. SAP BusinessObjects BI can then be used to access the data using its powerful reports, dashboards, and visualization tools.
SAP HANA native solutions require an organization to use the tools and processes within SAP HANA, such as its multidimensional models, columnar tables, and other supported SAP provisioning tools to facilitate analytics and reporting.
An organization’s resource will also need to become knowledgeable in the methods for provisioning, modeling, and managing data that will be stored directly in SAP HANA.
Although many organizations implement SAP Business Suite applications to run their businesses, not everyone does. Many of the legacy SAP BusinessObjects BI customers fall into this category. Many organizations support both SAP Business Suite applications and third-party applications within their organizations, while other organizations use systems that have no association with SAP. To that end, SAP BW isn’t always the most appropriate choice when you’re implementing SAP HANA. Fortunately, SAP HANA native solutions offer several viable alternatives that can accommodate multiple types of data sources. Later in this section, we’ll discuss different SAP HANA native provisioning solutions, but before we discuss these solutions, let’s compare and contrast a native implementation of SAP HANA to SAP BW on SAP HANA. This comparison will give you further insight into the distinctions.