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July 9, 2013

SAP's business intel platform to integrate with Esri ArcGIS


Real-time geospatial data analysis soon a reality with SAP HANA

German multinational SAP said Tuesday it will integrate Esri’s main geospatial platform, ArcGIS, with its business management applications for processing transactions, analytics and big data to provide real-time processing of spatial data.

The announcement was made at the 2013 Esri International User Conference, held this week at the San Diego Convention Center.

SAP said it plans to expand its SAP HANA business intelligence open platform with the introduction of spatial data processing capabilities, combining location data with enterprise data to enhance real-time business applications.

SAP also plans to enable customers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to consume, process and analyze spatial, transactional and text data within the unified platform for predictive, location-based solutions based on big data.

“Esri ArcGIS is the leading platform for organizations implementing a location analytics strategy through the geo-enablement of their enterprise business systems,” said Chris Cappelli, Esri sales director. “By working with SAP to integrate ArcGIS across SAP HANA, analytic solutions and SAP Mobile Platform, intends that customers can easily leverage Esri within their SAP landscape.”

End-to-end support for spatial data is planned across SAP’s enterprise application software including SAP HANA, the SAP Business Objects Business Intelligence (BI) platform and SAP Mobile Platform applications.

The goal is to:

  • Enrich SAP Business Suite applications with geographic content
  • Rapidly process spatial, location and enterprise data using SAP HANA in real-time
  • Visualize geographic information in maps, graphs and charts using tools from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio
  • Deliver applications to field workers that effectively process geospatial and business data using SAP Mobile Platform

To optimize connectivity between ArcGIS and SAP HANA, SAP said it will allow ArcGIS users to push spatial processing into SAP HANA via Query Layers.

SAP said it also intends to offer SAP HANA customers a native application development platform, including geo-content and location services, to quickly develop and deploy spatially-based solutions.

“We want to enable customers to combine the added dimension of location information with enterprise data, in real time,” said Steve Lucas, executive vice president at SAP. “This will give businesses a new level of immediacy in their decision-making capabilities and will increase their competitive advantage.”

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