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Software Development At SAP: Building Hana Applications

Does anybody remember the SAP statement, "Hana is not a database, it is a platform"? It caused confusion back then - and even today.
Werner Dähn,
September 11, 2020
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Due to some rather unfortunate decisions and unexpected, unintended consequences, there unfortunately isn't much left of the Hana platform idea. Some remnants are still around, though, like the XS Classic (XSC) component. XSC was designed to be simple, deeply integrated with the Hana server, and apparently riddled with technical drawbacks. To solve these issues, XS Advanced (XSA) was developed - but is it really an improvement over XSC?

Werner Dähn,

Werner Dähn is Data Integration Specialist and Managing Director of

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Working on the SAP basis is crucial for successful S/4 conversion. 

This gives the Competence Center strategic importance for existing SAP customers. Regardless of the S/4 Hana operating model, topics such as Automation, Monitoring, Security, Application Lifecycle Management and Data Management the basis for S/4 operations.

For the second time, E3 magazine is organizing a summit for the SAP community in Salzburg to provide comprehensive information on all aspects of S/4 Hana groundwork. All information about the event can be found here:

SAP Competence Center Summit 2024


Event Room, FourSide Hotel Salzburg,
At the exhibition center 2,
A-5020 Salzburg

Event date

June 5 and 6, 2024

Regular ticket:

€ 590 excl. VAT


Event Room, Hotel Hilton Heidelberg,
Kurfürstenanlage 1,
69115 Heidelberg

Event date

28 and 29 February 2024


Regular ticket
EUR 590 excl. VAT
The organizer is the E3 magazine of the publishing house AG. The presentations will be accompanied by an exhibition of selected SAP partners. The ticket price includes the attendance of all lectures of the Steampunk and BTP Summit 2024, the visit of the exhibition area, the participation in the evening event as well as the catering during the official program. The lecture program and the list of exhibitors and sponsors (SAP partners) will be published on this website in due time.