SAP Cloud Platform (formerly known as HANA Cloud Platform) is a tool to allow businesses to develop and run SAP HANA apps in the cloud. In this Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering, businesses can not only build their own HANA applications, but also integrate existing applications with other SAP or third-party environments — both on-premises and in the cloud. The HANA Cloud Platform evolved out of Project River as a way to give developers scalable, on-demand HANA access in the cloud without a big upfront investment.
SAP has continuously added new functionality to the HANA Cloud Platform. They recently changed its name to the SAP Cloud Platform to express the idea that the platform had grown beyond an SAP HANA utility into a complete development environment. Users can access SAP security services, storage, collaboration, integration, IOT, machine learning and other tools, allowing companies to harness a sophisticated business functionality with a low TCO.
However, the SAP HANA Platform is still just one of many PaaS and SAP HANA cloud solutions. Businesses must carefully weigh the pros and cons of the SAP HANA Platform to determine whether it makes sense for them.
Why Use the SAP Cloud Platform?
The SAP Cloud Platform is a useful tool for businesses looking to improve connectivity between different parts of their business, or more fully utilize new data. For a manufacturer, cloud computing in the SAP Cloud Platform could help to connect IoT sensors into the rest of the ERP landscape to better harness the data to improve maintenance or productivity.
The SAP Cloud Platform is also very useful for developing new mobile apps, or mobile integration for existing apps. With a new iOS SDK and an ongoing SAP-Apple partnership, it’s a particularly exciting time for Apple developers looking to develop new business applications on an SAP backend.
The SAP Cloud Platform also offers a new GUI for business analysts to create workflows for complex processes, tools for project managers, machine learning functionality and new Hadoop big data services. This is just a small subset of the applications available in the SAP Cloud Platform. SAP has certainly created a powerful development tool — but is it the right choice for you?
Do I Need the SAP Cloud Platform?
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Although the SAP Cloud Platform is powerful, it’s only one of many choices. Whether or not it’s the right choice for you will depend on a huge range of factors, including:
- Your existing hardware, software and cloud assets,
- Human capital,
- Development goals,
- Development strategy,
- Core competencies,
- Business culture.
The right SAP HANA partner can help you choose a platform that fits your needs, and plan and execute a successful integration with your existing assets.
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