SAP HANA to become enterprise geodatabase for Esri’s ArcGIS


Jack Dangermond, Esri

International GIS supplier Esri has committed to commercially support SAP HANA as a single enterprise geodatabase for its flagship product ArcGIS, resulting in significantly faster and easier spatial query performance of big data.

The move is part of a recently announced global technology partnership between SAP and Esri.

Planned for 2016, the next release of Esri’s ArcGIS mapping and geospatial intelligence technology will expand the existing native integration with SAP HANA to allow organisations to run all their SAP Business Suite and ArcGIS applications within a SAP HANA architecture.

The collaboration between SAP and Esri is expected to enable organisations to run both GIS workloads and advanced spatial analytics on the single SAP HANA geodatabase.

“We’re very excited about the enterprise geodatabase support for SAP HANA,” said Jack Dangermond, president, Esri. “It will bring our customers speed, simplicity and better integration with their enterprise information. For SAP customers, it delivers a complete platform for mapping and geospatial intelligence. By synchronising our platforms, our respective customers will benefit across the enterprise. We’re doing the work to make sure that GIS and mapping is available to all — not just traditional mapping experts.”

“Our customers represent a new generation of data stewards requiring an in-memory computing platform that performs at scales unseen before — including large-scale geography,” said Daniel Schneiss, senior vice president and global head, SAP HANA platform and databases, SAP. “As we enter a world of exponential data growth and the Internet of Things, the need to geospatially analyse big data will only increase from this point forward.”

According to SAP, organisations will be able to perform a range of functions with increased speed and ease, including:

  • Applying sophisticated business rules and relationships to spatial data directly in SAP HANA
  • Defining advanced georelational models such as topologies and networks
  • Permitting GIS and enterprise business users to work within the same multiuser access and editing environment.

In addition, SAP and Esri have agreed to work together to further integrate advanced ArcGIS geospatial capabilities and content across SAP’s broader application portfolio enabling new solutions that could not previously be delivered.

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