SPAR Austria selects Hitachi UCP for SAP HANA initiative

SPAR Austria Group has selected Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) for its SAP HANA initiative to power its expansion in the retail industry.

“Using real-time data analytics with SAP HANA, we’re able to stay competitive by making quicker business decisions and ultimately by providing better service to our customers,” said Andreas Kranabitl, managing director at SPAR ICS GmbH.

The solution from Hitachi Data Systems and Imtech was selected by SPAR ICS primarily due to the scalability of Hitachi UCP for the SAP HANA Platform.

The UCP for SAP HANA that SPAR deployed includes two Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) systems and two enterprise-class Hitachi Compute Blade servers.

“Our Hitachi UCP for SAP HANA solution is the ideal choice for SPAR as a retail company. SPAR is not only introducing SAP’s roadmap into its group but also is an early adopter of tomorrow’s technology platform for the retail business. This will allow SPAR to respond quickly to market changes in the best way possible,” said Matthias Czwikla, vice president Global SAP Field Alliance at Hitachi Data Systems.

The Hitachi architecture including Hitachi Compute Blade server technologies, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform, and the Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) enterprise storage systems ensure uninterrupted operation.

In addition to SAP BW, SPAR is installing SAP Customer Relationship Management (CRM) for HANA, and evaluating future projects for the transition to HANA for the existing SAP Finance, Controlling, Human Resources systems. The SAP retail solution is also on SPAR’s HANA roadmap.

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