What’s New in SAP HANA SPS 08

Michael Eacrett

Posted by Michael Eacrett on May 28, 2014

VP Product Mangement

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Introducing SAP HANA SPS 08: The Platform for All Applications

The new SAP HANA SPS 08 release provides functionality to accelerate, innovate, and simplify your business.


Accelerate the adoption of infrastructure applications and the integration of third party applications into your IT environments. SAP HANA offers expanded technology choices including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Intel Ivy Bridge processor-based systems and expanded support for backup & recovery solutions from multiple vendors. You can further accelerate your deployment through an expanded and certified cloud service provider network consisting of 20 partners certified to support solutions powered by SAP HANA in the cloud. In addition, In-Memory Data Fabric (IMDF) with smart data access technology is extended to new data management systems. More third party solutions such as security providers, test data preparation providers and geospatial solutions (for example ESRI) are integrated with SAP HANA. The expanded technology choices enable you to leverage your current infrastructure and strategic relationships with trusted suppliers while taking advantage of innovations across the entire technology stack.

Whether you are using SAP applications, custom applications or a combination, SAP HANA enables rapid innovation of both. SAP applications are enhanced to run more business functions and algorithms inside the SAP HANA database. Some of the enhancements made to SAP applications are, the ability to search attachments for SAP Business Suite, traverse time-dependent hierarchy for SAP Human Capital Management, Business Rules for SAP Fraud Management and Graph Engine capabilities for SAP Medical Insight application. You can innovative rapidly by extending SAP applications leveraging SAP HANA’s advanced capabilities. With the expanded integration framework, partners such as SAS and others, can now create algorithms and run them directly in SAP HANA, adding massive performance gains, while removing the complexity of data redundancy and data movement. With 8 new and 7 enhanced (around 50 in total) out of the box in-database predictive algorithms, you can benefit from better performance. Derive more value from your SAP applications with the capability to run SAP Lumira inside the SAP HANA Platform. Create new applications faster and achieve better application performance.


Simplify application development and system management with SAP HANA. With the continued availability of SAP River under an early adoption program, you can simplify the development and deployment of SAP HANA-based applications. SAP HANA also extended its native HA/DR support with synchronous replication, even to multiple hot standbys, providing near zero downtime for upgrades and maintenance. With the ability to monitor important KPIs from any device from anywhere and intelligent diagnostics for non-responsive systems, system administration has been simplified. Along with an enhanced web-based IDE and breakthrough context-aware help with HANA Answers for IDE, developers experience a simplified and thus faster application development process. SAP HANA Interactive Education (SHINE) dramatically accelerates developer, modeler and the administrator learning experience with its extended examples in the areas such as Geo-spatial scenarios, CRUD ODATA Operations, Fuzzy Search, Full text Search, Business Rules, Fiori Launch Pad and Mobile Dashboards. Achieve higher development productivity and enhanced HA/DR for optimal quality of service.

SAP HANA SPS 08 is technically released with SAP HANA revision 80. For information on the requirements and dependencies for installing Revision 80 please see SAP Note 2020199. It is now available for download from the SAP Support Portal. With the release of SAP HANA SPS 08, SAP will introduce new maintenance revisions for SAP HANA SPS 07 based on the last shipped SPS 07 revision (revision 74) – these new maintenance revisions will be named 74.x.

To make it easy for you to learn about SAP HANA SPS 08, we are offering you Live Expert Sessions, videos, documents on all new features, that gives you a high-level overview of SAP HANA SPS 08.


Interested in more details about all of the new features and functionalities in SAP HANA SPS 08? Check out these resources:

What’s New in the SAP HANA Platform (Release Notes)

Web-based Development Workbench

SAP HANA Interactive Education (SHINE)

SAP HANA Platform Lifecycle Management

SAP HANA Answers

Smart Data Access

Client Interfaces Predictive Analysis Library Administration & Monitoring

Geospatial Processing


SAP HANA Studio Development Perspective

Scale-Out, High Availability and Disaster Recovery

SAP HANA Modeling


SAP HANA Application Lifecycle Management


Interested to watch a video to better understand the new features and functions?

Please check out the brand new videos on SAP HANA Academy (please click on image).

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Interested in joining a Live Expert Session where a Product Expert answers all your questions you may have? Then please have a look at our session schedule below. Simply click on the “Join session” button and dial in with the “Participant Passcode” underneath. Dial-in phone numbers for all countries are attached. After each session we provide a link to the recording and slides. Enjoy!

Date Time (EST) Topic Presenter / Product Manager Details / further info
June 10th 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Overview of SAP HANA SPS 08 Mike Eacrett
Join this session to hear an overview of what’s new in SAP HANA SPS 08.

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June 11th 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Admin/ Monitoring/ Troubleshooting Melanie Handreck Join this session to hear an overview of the new features in SAP HANA Administration, Monitoring and Troubleshooting for SPS 08.

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June 12th 11:00 AM –12:00 PM Application Lifecycle Management Ron Silberstein SAP HANA has extensive features for managing content (i.e. objects or development artifacts), transporting as well. This session provides an overview of these capabilities and discusses what’s new for SPS 08.

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June 16th 11:00 AM –11:30 AM Predictive Analysis Library Mark Hourani Learn what new predictive algorithm delivered with SPS 08 and what new in the predictive capabilities.

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June 17th 11:00 AM –12:00 PM Scale-Out, High Availability and Disaster Recovery Ralf Czekalla Join this session to get an update about new features mostly in SAP HANA System Replication.

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June 24th 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM SAP HANA Answers Mark Hourani Learn how to get context-sensitive help from SAP and the crowd directly from HANA Studio.

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June 25th 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM SAP HANA Modeling Christoph Morgen This session will provide an overview on the SAP HANA Modeling enhancements and new capabilities available with SAP HANA SPS 08.

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July 8th 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Geospatial Processing Balaji Krishna This session will introduce new features in HANA Spatial like ESRI Query Layer integration and other topics available in SAP HANA SPS 08.

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July 9th 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Understand Sizing of Data Replication Scenarios into SAP HANA via SAP LT Replication Server Roland Hamm When you want to feed a SAP HANA box with tons of real-time business data while keeping the impact on the running business systems to an absolute minimum, you need to understand the influencing factors of hardware resources (i.e. CPU, Memory, disc space, Network, etc.) and technical system configuration for source, SLT server and target system. This session will explain what to consider in order to successfully set up a data replication scenario into a SAP HANA system environment with lowest latency times (‘real-time’) using SAP Landscape Transformation Replication server.

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