Introduction to Cloud Credits and CPEA
In second half of 2017 our entire team responsible for the commercial foundation of SAP Cloud Platform had been working hard to make the transition towards a consumption-based commercial model a reality. Finally in January 2018 we were able to report “mission accomplished” and made the so called Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreement (CPEA) and Cloud Credits available for our customers through our field representatives.
Dan Lahl’s introductory blog for the new consumption-based license model was a soft starter to get the word out and we immediately received responses also from prominent influencers like DJ Adams first assessment a few days later.
I personally hope that with the introduction of CPEA and Cloud Credits we offer the flexibility customers wanted to have for quite some time. Cloud Credits allow customers to purchase an entitlement for all the services under the new model and adopt them flexibly and get charged based on the usage of the respective services.
Open for business
This week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we go broader with our external messaging. As visitors can see on the show floor and read in our press release, we make the Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreement available in 5 markets as a starting point.
Additional markets are planned to be made available in the course of 2018. We plan to extend the model for end of Q2 to another 10+ markets. Stay tuned and follow our blogs to learn more once we are able to communicate about the market extension.
First question that typically comes to mind when a new model, functionality or service is introduced is – what is the initial scope? While the subscription model and consumption-based model will co-exist for the time being, not all services, that are available through subscriptions are also provided through Cloud Credits and the CPEA immediately.
As you can see on our newly designed SAP Cloud Platform landing page, we have a new actively managed services catalog that gives you the transparency for every individual service. Simply go to our website and have a look at the pricing which we offer to the market. As an example we take SAP HANA Service, Base Edition in our Data Management category.
Click on “Pricing” and it will tell you the available rate plans and whether the rate plans are availalble for Subscription or also through the new Cloud Credit. You can also see in which data centers a certain service is available and what the rate for your local currency is. From here you can add the respective rate plan also to the estimator.
You can see, that the HANA service is available both for Cloud Credits and Subscriptions offering our customers the choice that fits them best.
If you add the service to your cost estimator, we also provide there the transparency under which model it is available through little icons “C” and “S” that are listed in the Estimation Summary as shown below. In the example you can see that SAP Fiori Cloud is only available through the Subscription model currently.
To make it easier for you, I have compiled the list of cloud services which are available as of today below.
The grey depicted services are already available since beginning of January and the colored ones are planned to be available by end of Q1 / 2018. With this scope, we can offer by end of Q1 (which is not so far away in reality) most of the heavy-weight use cases also through Cloud Credits.
Services roadmap for cloud credits
Overall – at SAP Cloud Platform – we are committed to provide an at par coverage for subscription license and Cloud Credits by mid of this year including the following services illustrated in blue color.
Well, transitioning the services into the consumption based model is a continuous journey for us.
Disclaimer (you know us 😉 ): As it is the case with all roadmaps and planning information, there may be changes that may delay or change the deliverable without any notice; so please take this into your consideration and check back frequently. In any case the services catalog gives you always the latest information of whether your desired services is available and under which license model.
What’s ahead? A continuous journey
As outlined above, we plan to equalize the services scope for our subscription and consumption-based offering by mid of the year. But the journey does not stop there. We continue to enhance the services portfolio with new developments out of our labs both from technical and business service perspective.
So, check back regularly in this community or just visit our SAP Cloud Platform Services Catalog.
Feel free to provide feedback on the services coverage and ask questions. We are more than happy to respond and take your feedback seriously.