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SAP TechEd Barcelona 2016, The Altiscale Report

By | December 8th, 2016 | SAP

This November, I had the pleasure of representing Altiscale at SAP’s developer show in Europe, TechEd Barcelona. This event showcases SAP’s latest capabilities and there are many opportunities to learn and get hands-on experience with new features. There were about 50 SAP booths and 40 partner booths. Big Data was a hot topic at the event. I was pleased to see that TechEd attendees were already familiar with Hadoop and were curious to learn about both Altiscale and SAP’s interactive SQL solution for Big Data, SAP Vora.

Here are a few photos, as well as summaries of some of the presentations at the event. For those of you already planning for 2017, there are TechEd events in the United States, India, and Europe. I hope to see you there!


Altiscale goes to SAP TechEd Barcelona



SAP HANA Vora provides analytics that run on top of Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark.  It makes the data in Hadoop more easily available to business analysts and others who want to use SQL to run analytics. This expands the business impact of Big Data.

Today, SAP Vora is available on premises. In 2017, SAP Vora will be available running on Altiscale in the cloud. So if you are interested in SAP Vora’s capabilities as a cloud service, let us know.

At TechEd, attendees got hands-on experience with SAP Vora as well as some in-depth demos. Thousands of developers have downloaded SAP Vora since it went live in the Spring of 2016.




Figure 1: SAP HANA Vora overview


SAP HANA Cloud Platform Now – and the Road Ahead

SAP HANA Cloud Platform allows companies to rapidly develop new applications or extend existing applications in the cloud. For example, if you want to build an Internet-of-Things (IoT) application, or build a custom HR application that extends SuccessFactors, you can build it quickly using SAP HANA Cloud Platform. The slide below shows all of the different services available through HANA Cloud Platform. In the future, Altiscale will also be one of those services.

You can find out more about SAP HANA Cloud Platform at



Figure 2: Services available through the SAP HANA Cloud Platform.


SAP HANA Data Warehousing

Many of you are aware that SAP HANA is SAP’s relational database offering. SAP HANA goes beyond the relational database, offering a suite of tools that make it a complete data warehouse. But before I get to that, you’re probably thinking “Why do I still need a data warehouse?” While the data warehouse is becoming one part of an overall data management and analytics architecture, it is still a necessary one.

This is being emphasized by industry analysts. According to Dan Vesset at IDC, “The data warehousing market based on relational databases will continue to be disrupted  by several nonrelational and/or nonschematic information management software categories. Data warehouses will not disappear as they have a key place in the organization’s architecture.”

Why a data warehouse is still necessary, and the broad range of tools provided by SAP for SAP HANA, are in the two key slides following.



Figure 3: Why is Data Warehousing still necessary?


Figure 4: SAP HANA offers a broad range of data warehousing tools.


There are many opportunities to get hands-on with new capabilities at SAP TechEd.