SAP SE announced that through a global technology partnership, Esri will commercially support ArcGIS using SAP HANA as an enterprise geodatabase. This release of ArcGIS, planned for 2016, expands the existing native integration with SAP HANA and allow customers to run all their SAP Business Suite and ArcGIS applications within an architecture based on SAP HANA. The companies will further enhance the SAP HANA platform by more deeply integrating advanced ArcGIS geospatial capabilities and content across SAP’s broader application portfolio.
The collaboration between SAP and Esri is expected to harness the power of combining two platforms, providing the ability to run both GIS workloads and advanced spatial analytics on a single SAP HANA geodatabase. Customers will be able to apply sophisticated business rules and relationships to spatial data directly in SAP HANA, define advanced georelational models such as topologies and networks, and permit both GIS and enterprise business users to work within the same multiuser access and editing environment. In addition, the planned integration will result in massive parallelization of computationally intense workloads, all in memory, enabling new solutions that could not previously be delivered.
SAP and Esri have been technology partners for a number of years, providing integration of their respective platforms, SAP HANA and Esri ArcGIS. Companies invested in Esri and SAP can immediately create maps populated with data from SAP HANA and instantly access those maps anywhere on any ArcGIS client, as well as in SAP or custom applications. Today users of SAP HANA can access ArcGIS for geospatial data and geoservices and perform analytics, while Esri users can similarly access, analyze and query both spatial and nonspatial data directly in SAP HANA. Esri supports deployments of SAP HANA with query layers and features services for customers that want to dramatically increase spatial query performance by running SAP HANA side by side with ArcGIS.