SAP is strengthening integration between its HANA platform, analytics and mobile and business applications, and Esri's geospatial mapping technology, the two companies said in a statement on Wednesday. According to the announcement, which was made at the Esri User Conference being held this week in San Diego, the companies' objective is to increase the ease of information sharing between SAP's business applications and Esri's geographic information systems.
The new cross-functionality between SAP HANA and Esri will help business users, GIS analysts and developers who need to run complex spatial queries on large amounts of data in real-time, both companies said. One such client, Alliander, a Dutch network company, uses the two services to identify high-risk gas pipes that lie in close proximity to residential buildings in a few seconds, according to the company statement. The same analysis previously took 3-1/2 hours, said Pieter Den Hamer, big data business intelligence strategy manager for Alliander.
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