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Is SAP really taking any real advantage of Hadoop

There have been numerous enterprise projects which have been taken up with Hadoop ecosystem offerings. One of the grey areas however remains integration with commercial ERP like SAP. There have been a few good integrations but has there been a pure Hadoop implementation exploiting the raw power of MapReduce beyond just data collection. Do you know of any such successful implementation? If so, do send in your comments.

Meanwhile let us explore Zettaset’s SAP HANA integration offering. Zettaset offers a wide range of enterprise solutions for Hadoop and its integration catalogue features the Who’s Who of the industry.

But we are not talking about the company here in this post, just about SAP integration <period>.

Let us run through the offering charts to understand ‘what’ and ‘how’ of the offering – and if you say ‘over-engineering’ or ‘over-kill’ while reading through, just come up with something more exciting.


  1. The charts definitely demonstrate a good integration architecture but also expose wide disconnect between the efficient Hadoop and comprehensive SAP ecosystems. What SAP HANA is being used for in the architecture seems to be like using F1 car technology for a golf cart.

    A large part of the murmured reason for disconnect remains non feasibility in re-aligning SAP architecture per the custom architect and developer needs. While this may suit the needs of licensing regime and proprietary software needs of a commercial software maker, it also limits innovation options. So at best, we have an integration option which limits what can be done and leaves a whole black box world to what cannot be done. We still need to see beyond the charts of marketing seminars…


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