SAP is adding support for spatial data processing to its SAP HANA in-memory database technology through a tie-up with location-analytics specialist Esri.
The collaboration between the software giant and the Redlands, California, geographic information systems firm is designed to enable users to combine location with enterprise data and analyse it in real time.
Esri's ArcGIS spatial data analysis product will be integrated with SAP HANA and BusinessObjects, adding geographic content to apps in the business-intelligence suite and allowing data to be represented in maps and graphics. Employees in the field will also get access to geospatial and business data through SAP's Mobile Platform.
The two firms are using query layers — a layer or standalone table defined by a SQL query — to optimise connectivity between ArcGIS and SAP HANA.
SAP will be offering a native application development platform, which includes geographical content and location services, to enable SAP HANA users to create and deploy tools that make use of spatial data.
According to SAP, it is also adding 50 pre-built chart types, maps and advanced graphics to the common HTML5 visualisation software development kit that is shared by the BusinessObjects suite and SAP applications.
SAP also plans aims to help customers use existing Esri ArcGIS server and online maps inside BusinessObjects tools.