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Solving the cloud analytics data problem: Birst on SAP HANA

Natalia Stefanova - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Steve Lucas, President of Platform Solutions at SAP, and Birst Co-founder and CEO Brad Peters announced a somewhat surprising but visionary (and useful to our clients!) partnership: the first third-party cloud analytics integration with SAP HANA intended to provide customers with instant and affordable analytics in the cloud on the revolutionary SAP HANA® Cloud Platform. 

because SAP already has a sizable investment in a cloud-based data discovery and visualization offering of its own - Lumira. The fact that software giant SAP partnered with Birst to offer the first third-party cloud analytics integration with HANA in itself is a testament to the value and strategic importance of the Birst analytics engine. 

Visionary because there is nothing quite like this on the market. First, Birst’s pre-built SAP connectors including Open SQL and automated analytics engine reduce data management pain by combining data from SAP and other data sources (SAP BW, SAP ECC, saleforce.com, Marketo, and many others) to create a User-ready Data Store and provide a single source of truth. Secondly, Birst’s patented 2-tier architecture can automatically build a User-ready Data Store in SAP HANA and deliver visual discovery, dashboards and enterprise reports across a single business model, accelerated by SAP HANA. 

The result is a leading time-tested cloud analytics platform (Birst) running on top of the fastest and most agile data platform on the market (SAP HANA) to enable people to answer useful business questions, quickly and accurately, on the cloud. 

Useful to our clients because it is easy to take advantage of and it is affordable. When we speak to organizations who already own SAP, we come across many who have purchased (or are going to purchase) SAP HANA but haven't quite put it to use yet. With cloud-based Birst on HANA, anyone who has an internet browser can instantly pull together data from many different sources, analyze it with minimal to no technical knowledge and discover meaningful insights, instantly. Moreover, thanks to this partnership, many smaller and mid-size companies can now afford to take advantage of the power of SAP HANA on the cloud. 

Beautiful. Simple. 100% on the cloud. Affordable.

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