Since the release of SAP HANA one of the common questions from SAP customers and Partners was the extent to which the HANA interfaces (SQL, MDX) can be used by custom apps. In the past these interfaces were restricted to SAP BI suite (like BI4.x, Analysis Office) and Microsoft Excel which was the only non-SAP front end.
With the successful launch of the SAP HANA start-up program and requests from SAP ecosystem, there was a need to open up these interfaces so that Developers can extend their existing and new applications to run on the SAP HANA Platform.
As of Teched Las Vegas 2012, we have opened up the SAP HANA SQL client interfaces (odbc, jdbc) for partners and customers to create custom apps like. Net or Java apps using these SQL interfaces. More details about this will be updated periodically in the attached SAP Note
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With this announcement SAP will be supporting the SQL Scripts executed by these customer developed apps but not certifying customer or partner apps. This announcement does not change the requirement for BI and EIM vendors to go through the official SAP Certification to certify their tools on SAP HANA.