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Why You Should Use SAP HANA Cloud Platform – Part 1

Leverage Your Java Skills

In 1878 Sigmund Schuckert built the world’s first power station. Only four years later in 1882 based on an intitiative from Thomas Edison the world’s first public power station started generating electricity for a handful of customers. Today nearly all of the electricity you consume is provided to you by an energy provider using a publicly available infrastructure to distribute electricity in your city. This infrastructure might also be maintained and provided by another company. As all of this is  highly available nearly nobody of us don’t has an own power plant to generate electricity for our own demand.

In the past years you can observe similar trends in the IT industry. Due to the steady rising availability of IT services in the cloud huge investments in software and systems are no longer necessary. If you haven´t considered using cloud platforms to develop B2B and B2C apps for your company, check out SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

The SAP HANA Cloud Platform is a full featured, open standards based, in-memory cloud platform designed for today’s increasingly networked, mobile, social and data driven world.

Using it is pretty simple. Just add the SAP HANA Cloud Platform plugins and SDK to your Eclipse environment and you can start developing your Java-based application. This platform allows you to securely connect your on-premise systems (SAP and non-SAP) to applications you run on SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

Leverage your Java skillsets and unleash the power of your backend data to create innovative applications by using the APIs to

And the best is: you don’t have to be an SAP expert to access the SAP backends. Use standards like the oData protocol  or JSON format and you are prepared to work with data stored in SAP systems.

Too good to be true?


… and try out yourself.

Please ping us should you have questions. Either via a direct message to myself (Rui Nogueira), use my Twitter handle @ruinogueira or the SAP HANA Cloud Platform Twitter handle @saphanacloud. Or use the forum on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform Developer Center to post your questions.

Don’t miss the other blog posts around this series talking about writing B2C applications to connect to your end-users and coding applications for B2B scenarios with SAP HANA Cloud Platform.



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      Author's profile photo Douglas Cezar Kuchler
      Douglas Cezar Kuchler

      Hi Rui! Thank you for your work in teaching and sharing SAP HANA Cloud info with all of us.

      As an ABAP developer and SD consultant I'm looking to broaden my future perspectives and I'm engaged in all openSAP courses so I can learn mobile, HANA and cloud possibilities.

      I have a question, when you talk about leveraging Java skills, what should it be specifically? I've seen on openSAP's mobile course that oData, JSON and JavaScript are used. Is it enough to know? Or do I need to go further? Do you suggest any books or online courses to improve on this?

      Thank you very much!

      Best regards,

      Author's profile photo Matthias Steiner
      Matthias Steiner

      Hi Douglas,

      as Rui is busy finalizing the openSAP course, let me chime in here.

      The technologies you listed are all UI-centric and if you are knowledgable in them you should find it quite easy to work with SAP UI5.

      Regarding what else to learn... well, rudimentary Java skills would certainly be helpful, but you way want to consult our online help which contains a lot of samples that should help you to get started. Once you have done your first steps, you may want to look into the great ESPM tutorials.

      I hope this helps you get going, if not - simply ping us again!