What you should know about SAP HANA, Express Edition for #SAPTechEd 2017

SAP TechEd Las Vegas 2017 is right around the corner. It’s been a whole year since we launched the FREE SAP HANA, express edition at SAP TechEd Las Vegas 2016. Thousands of developers have downloaded the express edition, making it a popular option for prototyping, learning, and trying out SAP HANA.

And yes, you heard it right – it is free of charge. You can use it to develop and deploy applications that consume up to 32GB memory for free. You can also deploy those applications for production use as well, again free up to 32GB of memory usage. While 32GB is big enough for many use cases, if your application goes beyond the 32GB, you can purchase additional licenses at sapstore.com.

SAP HANA, express edition is the streamlined edition of SAP HANA which includes most of SAP HANA features but take some features out to optimize the development experience, such as the HADR or Dynamic Tiering features.  SAP HANA, express edition is released on the same schedule as full SAP HANA versions, usually with a ~2 weeks gap for the full testing and evaluation.  The latest download version is SAP HANA 2.0 SPS02.

So, what is next with SAP HANA, express edition? As part of SAP’s commitment to support developers, we have been actively working with 3rd party public cloud providers to simplify the way you can access the express edition. In March 2017, we announced the availability of SAP HANA, express edition on Google Cloud Platform. Then in early September, we announced its availability on Huawei Cloud at Huawei Connect 2017.   Note: Although this URL currently brings you to the Chinese web page, an English version will be available soon.  Additionally, next week, in Las Vegas, you will hear about an even broader collaboration with cloud providers.

Speaking of collaboration, today we announced the winners of the Intelligent App Challenge using both Google technology and SAP HANA, express edition.  Are you curious about who the winner is?  Would you like to see their demos?  Check out the Youtube channel.

Also, if you come to Las Vegas, please come meet us on the show floor.  In this way, you will have the chance to try and experience SAP HANA, express edition in SAP AppSpace.  You can also earn points by finishing some of the available tutorials on the express edition and redeem for interesting prizes.  And, if you have any questions or need assistance in installing the express edition, you can visit our “SAP HANA, express edition Service Station”.  If you want to learn more about SAP HANA, this station is a “must stop”. There are four Intel NUC machines with the express edition pre-installed for you to go through simple hands-on tutorials. Or you can try the express edition on your own computer.  You can also check under the hood of the winning applications from the Intelligent App Challenge.

Last, SAP TechEd has also many SAP HANA, express edition focused sessions that you do not want to miss. Of course, you can also join in all SAP HANA related sessions.  Here is the list of sessions:


CPL166: Hands-On Workshop (2hr)

Develop Locally with SAP HANA, Express Edition, and Deploy to Cloud Foundry

With SAP HANA 1 SPS 11, SAP has introduced a major new application server architecture: extended application services for SAP HANA, advanced model (XS Advanced) on premise. This architecture is based on Cloud Foundry, which is now also available in SAP Cloud Platform. Join this session to develop an application using SAP HANA, express edition, and SAP Web IDE locally; then deploy the application to Cloud Foundry with SAP HANA on SAP Cloud Platform.


CPL214: Lecture (1hr)

Advanced Programming Model with Cloud Foundry on SAP Cloud Platform

With SAP HANA 1 SPS 11, SAP introduced a major new application server architecture: SAP HANA extended application services, advanced model, for on-premise. This new architecture is based upon Cloud Foundry, which is now also available in SAP Cloud Platform. In this session, we take a detailed look at the advanced services programming model and cloud native additions. We will also explore how applications developed locally with SAP HANA Express can be deployed to SAP Cloud Platform.


HBD107: Lecture (1hr)

SAP HANA, Express Edition: What’s New

In this session, we cover the latest features added specifically for the express edition of SAP HANA, and we provide a perspective on the how these capabilities are likely to evolve over time.


HBD165: Hands-On Workshop (2hr)

Getting Started with SAP HANA, Express Edition and Docker Containers

Come to this hands-on session to learn how to get the Docker container for SAP HANA, express edition up and running. Develop your first SAP HANA, express edition application, leveraging the advanced data processing engines in SAP HANA.


HBD852: Road Map Session (30min)

Road Map for SAP HANA, Express Edition

This session will provide an overview of the road map for the SAP HANA, express edition platform.



Please add these sessions into your personal agenda builder if you want to know more about SAP HANA, express edition. For more questions, please leave your comments here. We will try to help you asap.  Now, pack your bags and get ready for an exciting week in Las Vegas. See you soon.

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