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.
What follows is a comprehensive guide to Symmetry’s top SAP Cloud Platform insights that IT leaders need to know. These links allow you to jump to specific sections:
- Why Use the SAP Cloud Platform?
- SAP Cloud Platform Architecture
- SAP Cloud Certification Requirements
- SAP HANA Cloud Advantages
- Performance and Productivity with SAP Cloud Hosting
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?
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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
An SAP Cloud migration involves more than just transferring data – you need to ensure correct technologies are deployed, correct security measures are integrated, and that all your custom applications function properly.
Moving to the cloud helps maximize what your HANA and Fiori applications can offer. A couple ways to ease the migration include SAP Cloud Platform services, SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, and SAP HANA Third-Party Private Cloud.
Navigating the complexity of your SAP Cloud Platform Architecture and migration process may require a customized solution, so it is beneficial to have an SAP partner help ease the transition.
SAP offers a variety of cloud certifications: certifications for Associates, Specialists, and Professionals, as well as service-level certifications. When it comes to your vendor’s SAP certification, you want them to be certified in Hosting Services, Cloud Operations, and SAP HANA Operations.
Becoming SAP Certified involves basic requirements like entering an SAP hosting partnership, meeting specific IT standards, and undergoing regular SAP audits.
Ultimately, it’s important that your hosting partner is SAP Certified so that they can deliver the Service Level Agreements (SLAs) that will sustain your business needs effectively and consistently.
Migrating to SAP HANA is an involved process, but the transition to SAP HANA Cloud uncovers several advantages for your business’ productivity, competitiveness, and flexibility.
Although HANA migration and implementation can be costly and time consuming, many companies avoid the switch due to fear of change and the risks involved. Avoiding such digital transformations, however, can cost your company opportunities to drastically improve business performance.
Given the variety of recent HANA developments, there’s no better time to migrate to SAP HANA Cloud. It manages diverse workloads, improves speed, provides real-time analytics, improves UI, and more that will transform how you do business.
Given the complexity of SAP systems and the general lack of support to keep it running reliably and cost efficiently, businesses often face a loss in productivity and costs. Fortunately, SAP Cloud hosting solutions provided by SAP certified experts can help alleviate common issues and ensure your SAP systems are running at maximum capacity.
On premise hosting normally involves an IT team that lacks the expertise and knowledge required to fully optimize your SAP environment. Focusing on just daily maintenance is not enough. Minor performance issues can gradually accumulate and cause potential service outages. Likewise, slow processing times can decrease productivity, which can frustrate both customers and employees.
While SAP systems slow down due to reasons like poor capacity planning, incorrect resource allocation, and poor administration, SAP Cloud hosting can help monitor network performance, provide ongoing analysis, and most importantly, prevent issues before they become a problem.
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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