SAP is moving its Ariba cloud spend management to its HANA in-memory analytics platform, plans to introduce new features and ultimately convince customers to buy in too.
Ariba's move to HANA is a case of SAP eating its own dog food and then marketing the hell out of it.
Technology companies often use their own products to consolidate data centers and then develop case studies and iron out product details. For SAP, which has made a cloud computing bet that largely revolves around HANA, the stakes may be a bit higher.
So far, SAP said it has moved Ariba Spend Visibility to the SAP HANA platform. The next step will be to move Ariba's entire business-to-business trading network to SAP HANA.
However, customers probably won't care until they see HANA really improve Ariba's analytics capabilities. SAP is promising the following:
- Faster data load times
- Sourcing analysis on the fly
- Visualization tools
- Supplier access to complete transaction history with analytics for payment cycles and invoice turnaround times
SAP said the new HANA-powered Ariba tolls will be previewed at SAP's Sapphire conference in Orlando June 3-5 in Orlando.