SAP TechEd 2016 in Barcelona: HANA 2 and Machine Learning

For the second year in a row, the European edition of SAP’s TechEd took place in Barcelona. New bigger announcements of new products have been made this year, currently it’s more about stabilizing the “digital core” with HANA and the HANA cloud platform for SAP.

The most interesting news was the upcoming “HANA 2”: a new “version” (basically SP 13 of HANA), with new features like a machine learning-platform and a container architecture (to allow BYOL = bring your own language). HANA 2 will also be available for the HANA Express Edition, which you can run on laptops or virtual machines for free.

HANA 2

Speaking of machine learning: with AI and machine learning being one of the hottest topics in the IT industry today, it was clear SAP also had to come up with a solution in this area. Both HANA 2 and the HCP will offer a corresponding framework in the future, and one of the first business solutions will be “Brand Intelligence”, which analyzes the visibility of brands in videos and images. But what is “machine learning”? This slide shows it very well:

Machine Learning

There is also an openSAP-course on this topic.