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Adapting the cloud to your needs … how SAP speeds up cloud development

In my recent blogs Extending the Power of the SAP Cloud Portfolio and Adapting the cloud to your needs using a PaaS solution, I talked about the fact that mission-critical functionality can’t be left behind when moving to the cloud and how a PaaS solution like SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) helps customers to adopt their SaaS solution to make this happen. In this blog we will take a closer look on how to get started and how SAP helps customers to speed up the development of new, innovative cloud applications.

How to get started with SAP HANA Cloud Platform – SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 highlights

The page serves as a central page for everybody wanting to get first-hand information on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. The developer section provides

  • Access to a free trial account allowing you to build your own application and try it out
  • Tutorials on how to set-up and get started with the development infrastructure
  • Access to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform Developer Center for additional tutorials, blogs, and community conversations


HCP supports multiple languages for the development of cloud applications. The most convenient way to develop responsive, Fiori-like SAPUI5 cloud applications on HCP is the SAP Web IDE. It does not require any additional local tool set-up and allows developers to jointly work on a project using a common Web interface while connecting to the same shared HANA based data repository. As described here SAP Web IDE is a fully extensible and customizable experience that accelerates the development life cycle with interactive code editors, integrated developer assistance, and end-to-end application development life cycle support. Prakash Darji showed a brief demo of SAP WEB IDE as part of the SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 day 1 keynote. By the way – one of the best SAP TechEd keynotes I saw so far, check it out yourself. On the 2nd day Bjoern Goerke and Ian Kimball jointly demoed how to easily create, deploy and adapt  a cloud application on HCP based on an existing SAP Fiori template and finally run it on a mobile device using mobile services which is an integral part of HCP – see the demo here (ff to ~01:17:00).

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Don’t want to build it on your own? SAP is here to help

While cloud applications can be built by an in-house development team, many organizations choose to work with partners and SIs. This particularly makes sense when the partner organization is skilled to customize, extend and manage a company’s mission-critical business process functionality running on-premise as well as on SaaS and PaaS solutions. In fact, a recent IDC report notes that enterprises prefer to work with a single major cloud service provider capable of providing a complete and fully integrated solution: “63% said they expect to have a “single major CSP” (cloud service provider, which includes delivery of all kinds of cloud services, from applications to infrastructure.” To support this request from our clients we established a team of cloud developers and architects within our SAP Custom Development organization. This team partners with customers that want to accelerate their journey to the cloud. We work tightly together with our colleagues in the core cloud application units, the SAP HANA Cloud Platform team, solution architects from with deep LOB and industry knowledge to design, build and run tailored cloud applications and extensions to fulfill the growing demand.

Innovation in the cloud: Spot On – the SAP Demo Jam Winner !
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To showcase the innovation capabilities of HCP and to inspire people how cloud applications can transform customers  business our team at SAP Custom Development prepared and submitted an application which was build and deployed on HCP using a Fiori-like, SAP UI5 based simple and beautiful UI, called “Spot On”. This application can be used by anyone to find a lost or misplaced item (or person) with the help of GPS technology. Watch how the crowd went wild when our team presented Spot On at SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 in Las Vegas. Guess what – they WON ! Congratulations to the winners Santosh Kumar and  Simranjeet Kaur and the full team comprised of Jyoti Kushwaha, Aditya Srivastava, Sonam Singh and Saarthak Jain!

More on Spot On and other real-life examples

Interested to get a view behind the scene on how Spot On was built and hear from other real-life examples of cloud applications developed by our SAP Custom Development ? This and potentially more will come in my next blog – stay tuned.


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