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HANA Cloud Platform – IT is a Means to Serve the Business

This was a webcast given by SAP Mentor Matthias Steiner this past week.

One of the comments at the beginning of the webcast that he made was “IT is a means to serve business goals”.

In a company, your end users, developers and your company have wants and needs.  End users want easy to use apps, to not worry about updating software all the time and they want them on demand.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

SaaS is like Google mail; you just use it

PaaS is design and run time environment to build service and the applications that run on the platform

Developers build apps

Hybrid IT landscapes include when you keep data on premise, use cloud as outbound channel to consume


Figure 2: Source: SAP

In Figure 2 you can see the ISO and security certifications; Matthias suggested visiting SAP Datacenter

The Hana Cloud Platform data centers are located in the East Coast of the US (near me) and Germany.


Figure 3: Source: SAP

On this slide you can see how things are changing, especially with open source and “agile”.


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows the available packages.

With the app services you use the XS app server, you can expose data use OData protocol


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 shows all the services many of which you can try yourself using the free trial (more below).


Figure 6: Source: SAP

For development, you use the HANA Studio in an Eclipse environment.  Again you can try this with the trial.


Figure 7: Source: SAP

On this slide Matthias said you can consume BAPI’s via remote function calls in the Cloud

You can use HANA Cloud Integration with Gateway as a cloud component

If Gateway is not installed on premise use Gateway as a Service

The HANA Cloud Platform also uses a managed identity service to ensure data is secure in the cloud.


Figure 8: Source: SAP

The HANA Cloud Portal is not the same as the Enterprise portal.

It is an easy tool to create new applications to expose to outside world, suppliers

It can be customized and branding

It has underlying technology to power extensions

SuccessFactors uses the extensions


Figure 9: Source: SAP

Matthias said there is “No universal killer app”

It has to be specific to your enterprise, needs

He suggested starting small with something like self service or a Fiori Service


Figure 10: Source: SAP

New apps in cloud include line of business, verticals, and self service

On-premise apps is where you build extensions for on-premise using the hybrid IT approach

On the right of Figure 10  – build extensions for cloud apps – SuccessFactors Employee Central and soon Ariba


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So why did I post this in the TechEd space?  Because of course ASUG has a pre-conference session on HANA Cloud Platform at SAP TechEd && d-code in Las Vegas.  See more details at Your fast track to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform at the ASUG pre-conference

Also see Announcing ASUG SAP TechEd d-code Pre-Conference Sessions

For the trial, please see SAP HANA Cloud Platform


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