OPAL Relies on SAP HANA and the HANA Cloud Platform to Power Operational Analytics and Demand Planning
This IDC study discusses how OPAL — a firm based in Mannheim, Germany, building solutions to serve brick–and-mortar retailers competing in the fresh food production segments of baking and butchery — relies on SAP HANA Cloud Platform to build and refine the company and about the increasing value of integrated data inputs and analytics in optimized demand planning and production operations, such as fresh food production and baking. Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments offer entrepreneurial start-ups like OPAL access to the latest integrated environments and tools for building and hosting innovative applications and for building new businesses."OPAL saw a market niche that was not being well-served — providing real-time operational analytics and demand planning for fresh food production," according to Robert P. Mahowald, vice president for IDC's SaaS and Cloud Software program. "Building on SAP's HANA Cloud Platform, and using other SAP programs aimed at start-ups, let OPAL create a successful business and stay agile with changing customer requirements. This is the right operating model for start-ups in the cloud age."
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