How does ABAP help to leverage the benefits of in-memory database technology?

ABAP is an important pillar of SAP’s core business. The SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP (AS 
ABAP) is the underlying application server for solutions such as SAP Business Suite, SAP NetWeaver 
Business Warehouse, and on-demand offerings from SAP. At the same time, key technology trends – like 
Cloud, Mobile, and In-Memory – provide customers and partners with the ability to react to new business 
needs and therefore offer them a greater chance to differentiate themselves from their competitors with 
superior technology. Customers and partners do, however, ask how these technology trends affect the AS 
ABAP: 
  • What ABAP support do customers and partners get with regard to the technology trends? 
  • How does the AS ABAP help to leverage the benefits of the technology trends? 
  • What is the impact on customer-specific developments (existing ones, new ones)?

To answer these questions SAP intends to take some steps in order to optimize SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP for the SAP HANA database.

Step1 – “ABAP can access SAP HANA”: ABAP-based applications can use the SAP HANA
database as secondary persistence (side-by-side scenarios)
Step 2 – “ABAP runs on SAP HANA”: ABAP-based applications can use the SAP HANA database
as primary persistence (analytical use-cases)
Step 3 – “ABAP optimized for SAP HANA”: the optimization of ABAP-based applications for the SAP
HANA database is actively facilitated by the AS ABAP (transactional/hybrid use cases)

Today SAP ABAP is at STEP 3 and can already be used for SAP HANA content, SAP HANA accelerators, and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA.


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