SAP showcases big data solutions leveraging the SAP HANA® platform

NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today showcases customers, partners and start-up companies leveraging SAP HANA® platform for Big Data . With SAP HANA, partners and companies like CSX Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and Convergence CT (CCT) are simplifying the way people work and live. The announcement was made at Strata & HadoopWorld Conference being held October 15-17 in New York.

SAP HANA enables organizations to acquire data from a variety of data sources including Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark, rapidly process and analyze large volumes in-memory and quickly build innovative applications that can help lead to competitive advantage.

"Big Data is more than the underpinning technology, it is a business imperative," said Irfan Khan, CTO, Global Customer Operations, SAP. "Our customers and partners are leveraging the power of Big Data, data science and predictive analytics to compete more effectively, create new revenue streams and run simpler."

According to a recent IDC survey sponsored by SAP and Intel, organizations are starting to see the value of Big Data analytics. Of 531 organizations surveyed in Europe, 72 percent of respondents saw a return on investment (ROI) in less than 12 months.

"Mainstream organizations are moving beyond just experimenting with Big Data technologies," said Alys Woodward, research director, Advanced & Predictive Analytics, IDC. "More examples of production environments are emerging and real business benefits are being derived from these projects."

CSC Delivers Real Results for Manufacturers With SAP HANA and Hortonworks Data Platform
Together with SAP, CSC, a global leader in next-generation IT services and solutions, has helped companies in almost every industry gain tangible value from Big Data. For example, with CSC's Smart Manufacturing Operations solution, manufacturers can optimize plant equipment to maximize capacity, shift from reactive to predictive maintenance and operate at peak energy efficiency.

CSC Smart Operations is a cloud-based solution built on the SAP HANA platform that integrates with the Hortonworks Data Platform for Hadoop, and uses SAP® Predictive Analysis software. CSC Smart Operations delivers descriptive and predictive insights to plant managers through a series of tailored dashboards that allow them to analyze demand history and forecast plant capacity utilization, energy usage and operating margin. The solution leverages machine-to-machine and enterprise systems data that enable plant managers to monitor key metrics and calculate the probability of failure along with time to repair and cost implications.

"As Big Data continues to grow, the natural evolution is to help companies combine new data sources — such as machine-to-machine data — with untapped enterprise data to fundamentally improve and evolve their operations," said Jim Kaskade, vice president and general manager of Big Data & Analytics at CSC. "By developing cloud-based solutions on the SAP HANA platform, we are helping our customers generate real results quickly and equipping them with analytic insights that can make their operations more agile and efficient."

CSX Corporation Prepares for "Tomorrow" Using Predictive Models Processed Rapidly With SAP HANA
CSX Corporation is one of the nation's leading transportation suppliers. The CSX transportation network encompasses 21,000 route miles of track in North America and serves some of the largest population centers in the U.S. As an innovation leader, CSX is taking advantage of technologies such as Big Data, data science, predictive analytics and in-memory computing to deliver new insights to business leaders — enabling them to respond to changing market conditions quickly.

Backing its brand promise of continually assessing tomorrow's best practices to support excellent service today, CSX worked with a team of SAP data scientists to integrate data from disparate sources and develop forecast models to better quantify and assess performance across many disparate business units. Written in R and called by SAP HANA stored procedures, these algorithms processed more than 48,000 transportation combinations (commodity * customer * location) against 1,700 macro-economic indicators in seconds to assess the long-term impact of market conditions. In addition, CSX analyzed short term-factors such as text data from customer service logs, price, and on-time performance to understand any indicated growth or erosion. Big Data analytics are delivered to business leads via SAP dashboards and SAP Lumira® software, enabling CSX to better understand how broad and local market developments impact business performance.

"Although Big Data analytics can never replace subject matter expertise, the ability to synthesize detailed analysis on multiple levels into easy-to-consult dashboards allows you to focus quickly on potential problems and opportunities," said Michael Rutherford, AVP Industrial Products, CSX Transportation.

Convergence CT Helps Physicians Provide Better Healthcare to Patients of Chronic Disease
Winner of the 2014 SAP Startup Focus program award for Social Impact, Convergence CT offers products and services that support the collection, management and use of healthcare data to help improve the quality of care. Convergence CT's product, AskLipi, brings Big Data insights to doctors and researchers so they can get answers quickly. The software integrates and normalizes patient data from a variety of clinical systems, for example, electronic medical records, laboratory, pharmacy and admission records, as well as operational systems, for example, billing and insurance processing, into a secure location for analysis. Leveraging SAP HANA, the AskLipi solution can process millions of records in minutes, delivering analytic views via business intelligence dashboards and reports from SAP. As a result, doctors and researchers can get answers they need quickly related to practice management, clinical performance and quality of care.

"Our AskLipi solution leverages SAP HANA to help clinicians mine Big Data to facilitate time-sensitive decision making," said Lambert Onuma, president and CEO, Convergence CT Inc. "Now physicians and their patients can act more effectively in assessing risks, taking preventive steps and following best practices in chronic disease management."

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About Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)
Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) is a global leader of next generation information technology (IT) services and solutions. The Company's mission is to enable superior returns on our clients' technology investments through best-in-class industry solutions, domain expertise and global scale. CSC has approximately 76,000 employees and reported revenue of $13.0 billion for the 12 months ended July 4, 2014. For more information, visit the company's website at

About CSX Corporation
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at Like us on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter (

About Convergence CT, Inc.
Convergence CT (CCT), a privately-held corporation headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, develops and markets highly secure patient data warehouse products, query tools, and patient data research analytics for healthcare, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. Emphasizing the convergence of rich clinical data with advanced IT and analysis, Convergence CT is able to offer an innovative approach to accelerating medical research, clinical development, and departmental analysis. These solutions significantly improve efficiencies for healthcare data management and analysis, outcomes and disease management, clinical trial planning and recruitment processes, and research for global markets. For more information, visit the company's web site at

About SAP
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 261,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit

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