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How to Stop Being Afraid and Start using SAP Cloud Platform

Almost from the time of its founding, SAP and its products are surrounded by myths: it is difficult, expensive, hard to implement, hard to use, complex support, special code, etc. Most often, these myths appear because end users and administrators of SAP products were not ready or motivated to configure the real-life enterprise solution and use it to the fullest. But yes, there some particulars worth talking about, especially in relation to the SAP Cloud Platform.

SAP MYTHS

SAP Cloud Platform is based on SAP HANA, and this is a regular database

SAP HANA is a high-performance platform for storing and processing data in RAM using the principle of bulk data storage. Yes, the SAP cloud platform began its development with SAP HANA. But it evolved to meet all the requirements of SAP clients. Currently, the SAP Cloud Platform provides storage and processing capabilities using SAP HANA, ASE, as well as opensource solutions like MongoDB, PostgreSQL, and Hadoop. SAP Cloud Platform is perfect for creating mobile and HTML applications that can be easily integrated into any cloud or on-premises system. Currently, the SAP Cloud Platform provides about 40 different services, including IoT, forecasting algorithms, machine translation, and other machine learning methods. It has its own WebIDE development environment and Build – prototyping tool. It supports application development using Java, Python, XSJS, C ++, Ruby, Go, Node.js, PHP, .Net.

SAP Cloud Platform is very expensive

You may start using the SAP Cloud Platform for 507 USD. Trial access is unlimited and allows you to evaluate all the conveniences of the platform. For professional use, you can purchase a minimum package of services for 25 USD per month per user, including 10 GB HANA storage and 120 MB ASE.

No support, no manuals, and it is not clear how to start

SAP has launched an Open training project that offers many courses on the SAP Cloud Platform. In addition, SAP Cloud Platform documentation is publicly available. SAP as a whole and SAP Cloud Platform, in particular, have a community of developers. A large number of training materials and manuals are published on Youtube. You have the ability to use well-known technologies and programming languages ​​that makes a very low threshold for entering the group of SAP Cloud Platform users.

Column store – this is only an option

No, this is the main type of data storage. It allows you to quickly read a large array of data. HANA also supports row store. This enables HANA to support OLAP and OLTP technologies in a single data store.

This is only an Enterprise solution, you cannot create a cool web application with it

Using the SAP Cloud Platform, you can create analytical systems, develop IoT and Industry 4.0 solutions, as well as web applications and websites. You can also make forecasts and get decisions without human intervention using machine learning methods.

SAP Cloud Platform is difficult to administer

No, there is a convenient administration and development panel.

SAP Cloud Platform works only with a special programming language which you have to learn

The platform supports open programming standards. For example, Java, Ruby, Python, Node.js, Go, XSJS, C ++, PHP, .Net. It is quite enough for most clients.

You need a super server for it

This is the strangest of all myths since the SAP Cloud Platform is a cloud computing platform, it does not impose any hardware requirements, you just take care of registering relevant domains.

How to put SAP Cloud Platform into practice

In fact, thanks to the use of the SAP Cloud Platform, you can reach a new level of application development without changing your technical background. There are many ways to use the SAP Cloud Platform for business purposes and hands-on modeling. Let’s highlight some of the most promising:

Real-time information analysis

As we have already said, the platform allows you to store data on SAP HANA, which does not use slow disk memory, but works with in-memory technology. In addition, the database is vertical and has efficient compression algorithms. This means that it is capable of delivering tremendous performance for creating reports where speed is critical for example for banks, other financial institutions, energy companies, etc. That is, managers can monitor all indicators in real-time and make decisions promptly.

Internet of Things

The IoT segment is growing rapidly. It is increasingly used by telco companies, retail, banks, and many other businesses. Since sensors can create trillions of records in the database, and their number can increase or decrease, a quick and scalable solution is needed. Again, the architecture of the SAP Cloud Platform covers all issues related to storage and analytics of IoT data.

Changing the landscape of the company’s IT environment

Surprisingly, not all companies have tested the benefits of cloud computing. Someone does not believe in its security, others doubt the power. SAP Cloud Platform creates a new perception of ​​the cloud. Using the cloud infrastructure, the user receives all the tools: analytical, development, etc. In addition, the cloud infrastructure has a higher return on investment than hardware servers and is several times cheaper.

Example

Herbicide producers need well-established communication with farmers. Suppose a farmer wants to understand what disease a particular plant is infected with. He takes a photo and appropriate technology determines the disease and the type of herbicide that is required. Then he needs to know the weather forecast because 50% of the herbicides used are ineffective due to the weather conditions. So, one company began to sell not only the herbicides themselves but also a service to determine a specific product, as well as the most suitable moment for its use. It would be difficult to achieve this without the cloud.

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