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SAP utilises IoT to inject life into SQL Anywhere

21/07/2015 by Sharon Shahzad


One of the world’s leaders in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, SAP, has revealed a new version of its SQL Anywhere tool. With the Internet of Things (IoT) offering increased options for companies to utilise, the software developer said it has added new functions to the SQL tool, including the ability to synchronise data remotely. The new version is available now and provides enhancements and new functions to improve overall consistency and performance.

For many years SAP’s SQL Anywhere tool has been the perfect embedded database tool for mobile devices; however, with IoT opening up a lot of potential, SAP is one of the first to jump on board and use the tool to boost solution function. In its newest version of SQL Anywhere, the capability of remote data synchronisation has been added; in addition, features will allow information to be securely moved from the enterprise itself to remote locations.

SAP’s version 17 of SQL Anywhere can now tailor its performance to meet the requirements of a variety of IoT platforms; for example, it can automatically detect changes in its deployment environment. This causes the solution to shift so it can gain optimal performance. The solution can do this regardless of whether it is run on a vending machine or smart meter. Other features have also been added, including a new DBA cockpit, which database administrators can use, and application-profiling tools. This provides SQL Anywhere with enhanced diagnostic and monitoring capabilities that help firms to support any new IoT application instances they may be developing.

The latest release has also made development easier, with a variety of modern languages, including JavaScript, added. Improved data isolation and encryption has been included, SAP revealed, allowing all information to be kept secure whether it is being synchronised or resting on edge devices.

Finally, SAP has taken steps to reduce the downtime of SQL Anywhere by including point-in-time recovery, online rebuild and dynamic starting and stopping of connection protocols. This means that database maintenance does not have to result in extended down times, thereby increasing overall performance.

For businesses wanting to take advantage of the new features, SQL Anywhere 17 is now available in the SAP store and is offered for multiple configurations. Prices start at $195 (£125) per user for a networked client version. With SAP moving ahead of the crowd when it comes it IoT adaptation, it may not be long before other ERP firms follow suit.

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