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Innovations on the HANA Cloud Platform: ERP Simulations to Explore and Discover

Imagine having access to a powerful array of tools and app services to build modern business applications that can  transform your organization? This would open up endless possibilities for you to explore and discover application advances that lead to faster innovation, competitive investment, and new revenue opportunities for your business.

We are of course talking about the SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) with its rapid application development capabilities that allow organizations to innovate quickly and accelerate their digital transformation by leveraging their existing enterprise business application assets – all in  a public cloud environment. But how do we prove out how HCP users can effectively recognize and harness all the power and possibilities they have at their control?

This is where SAP partner Baton Simulations—in association with the HEC Business School in Montreal, Canada comes in. The company develops ERPSim, a real world business simulation engine that connects to HCP and on-premises SAP ERP systems using live SAP S/4 HANA data. ERPSim allows you to run a variety of simulations for training, demonstration and development purposes.

Think of ERPSim as a business version of a  flight simulator. Just as pilots train and develop their flight skills through the re-creation of aircraft flight, ERPSim can simulate an SAP-run business with automatic transactions and accelerated time frames based on live dynamic data.

ERPSim simulations are packed with actions, business decisions, and analytics that business user and executive-level participants must competitively navigate in order to win. Organizations that have used ERPSim point to improved user application adoption and engagement through increased participant understanding of business processes. Participating in simulations with business colleagues also helps technical audiences gain exposure to the bigger business picture they rarely get access to day-to-day.

There are many a-ha moments using an ERPSim simulation. With access to HCP for example, power users can easily create a mobile version of an SAP on-premises app in use within the game. A QR code is generated and within less than 3 minutes, aspects of the appsimulation can be played through the participant’s iPhone. That’s the power of HCP.

ERPSim also plays a valuable role for IT Pros and developers. Just as flight simulators are used to help train architects and designers who model and develop avionic technologies, the ERPSim engine allows HCP application models and scenarios to be easily tested in its real-world live data environments prior to deployment within an organization. And since ERPSim can connect to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, codeless enhancements and pre-configured add-ons will shorten your application development time.

SAP and Baton Simulations are also exploring a Simulation as a Service (SimaaS) option for ERPSim, where the simulation, connected to HCP, serves as a backend system that provides live transactions and dynamic easily used by developers for testing and proofs-of-concept. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.

As thousands of ERPSim users worldwide can attest to, there is no better way to learn, test and discover what’s possible with the SAP HANA Cloud Platform than through simulated access to live SAP dynamic data.

The sky is the limit. To see ERPSim in action or for more information, please reach out to Baton Simulations.



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