SAP has said HANA provides major and in many cases staggering improvements in performance over other types of systems.
But speed alone isn't enough, and customers considering a move over to HANA have some considerations to make, Powell said.
"First and foremost make sure you invest in a formalized [enterprise information management] process," he said. "Understand that it's not just inject HANA and solve all the world's problems." Without closely aligning a HANA project with what the business needs, "the only thing you're going to do is provide bad information really fast," he added.
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