Back in June you may remember that I blogged about Birst getting ‘go faster stripes’ when we launched our integration with SAP HANA. Now I’m delighted to announce that Birst and SAP are taking this integration further with today’s announcement that Birst is now an SAP partner and we can now provide the SAP HANA Cloud Platform as an in-memory user-ready data store for Birst customers.

So what does this new announcement mean? First it makes it possible for Birst customers to seamlessly use Birst and HANA together with a single solution all from Birst. As part of this new partnership, Birst is now SAP certified too.

Second, this partnership delivers on the promise of instant analytics with the agility of using a cloud business intelligence and analytics platform, the ease of making information available to the business with Birst’s user-ready data store and 2-Tier data strategy and the speed of queries delivered by SAP’s HANA Cloud Platform.

Finally, those of you who are tired of waiting for their Business Intelligence will get the answer they are looking for. In the June blog, I talked about the compromises that we have always had to take in BI to deliver information in a timely way. Lack of agility with BI has caused an enormous split in the way organizations deliver analytics. The traditional approach to data warehousing has failed to keep up with the pace of modern business and is just too slow and rigid to respond to rapidly changing business requirements.

This led to many business users going independent of IT and investing in their own data discovery solutions. This will turn out to be something of a disaster I believe. Although it’s been one of the biggest trends in the BI market in the last few years, all we are doing is treating the symptoms and not the cause of the problem.

The combination of HANA Cloud Platform and Birst is the first time we can start to treat the cause of this split rather than sticking another band-aid onto the problem. No more waiting is finally a reality.