However, migrating to SAP HANA from a traditional SAP environment can be a large, risky undertaking. It can be costly and take years, factors that can make justifying the effort internally difficult. There are solutions on the market, however, that can make migration easier. These solutions can fill the gap before migrating to SAP HANA and allow a business to realize the benefits of SAP HANA before or during migration. This paper outlines:
• The reality of managing traditional mission-critical SAP systems and the challenges that reality creates when merging data from OLTP and OLAP platforms
• Common barriers to migrating to SAP HANA
• A solution that can allow a business to realize the benefits of an SAP HANA implementation simply and cost-effectively — even before or during the migration process.