SAP, the world-renowned enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider, has announced that it will offer an express edition of HANA that can be accessed on PCs and offline. The move should make it easier for developers to build and experiment with new applications for the platform. The latest edition of the technology is free to download to laptops and desktop computers. In addition, it can be used in the cloud. It should simplify app development and allow third parties to continue creating even when an internet connection is not present.
SAP HANA Vice President of Platform Marketing Marie Goodell said: “It is a streamlined, smaller version of SAP HANA. This is exciting for us. It allows a developer to bring this down to a personal computer that he or she feels comfortable with.”
Using the express edition, developers can build, test and even deploy their own applications, using up to 32GB of free memory in the process. In addition, Goodell says that more memory can be accessed for a fee. Downloading the free version offers the application, database and advanced analytics services in one neat package to make it easier for third-party developers to use.
In addition to the downloadable version of SAP HANA, the firm also revealed it is to offer a new personal addition of its SAP Web integrated development environment (IDE). This will provide people with a way of accessing SAP HANA when they’re offline, with an automatic synchronisation enabled as soon as an internet connection is used. The product launched alongside a software development kit that will enable developers to create application templates quickly.
Talking about the latest personal edition, Vice President of Product Marketing Dan Lahl said: “You can take it offline now and do development offline on your computer. You can sync it up when you’re back online. We’ve opened it up for partners and developers to build their own plug-ins into the Web IDE. It can be one place for all development, testing and monitoring for any application built on the platform.”
The personal edition can be installed on any personal workstation for single developers to work on their applications. It also means that work can continue around the clock and from any location, regardless of whether there is an internet connection or not. Finally, not only can it be utilised for the testing and evaluation of apps, but also even for offline development for customers who have a SAP HANA Cloud Platform subscription.
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