SAP HANA Cloud Platform as an Accelerated Creative Center

  • by Paul Modderman, Senior Product Architect and Technology Evangelist, Mindset Consulting
  • February 6, 2017
Companies often protect SAP Business Suite software with layers of change processes, carefully orchestrated upgrade outages, and project timelines measured in quarters and years. While this keeps core business processes consistent and safe, it tends to stifle rapid technical ideation and application innovation. This article discusses ways to use the core services of SAP HANA Cloud Platform to quickly innovate on top of the core SAP solution.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Extend on-premise solutions with the SAP HANA cloud connector
  • Reduce development life-cycle time with the Web Integrated Development Environment (Web IDE)
  • Mobilize quickly with SAP HANA Cloud Platform mobile services
  • Obtain the skills you’ll need to make the best use of SAP HANA Cloud Platform
Key Concept

SAP HANA Cloud Platform is a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering from SAP. It allows subscribers to develop and run applications in the cloud, and provides related specialty services such as Internet of Things services, mobility services, and integration to on-premise SAP systems. There is a distinction between SAP HANA Cloud Platform and the SAP HANA database products: SAP HANA Cloud Platform includes the capability to run SAP HANA database-driven applications, but is much more than just a database because it includes other cloud services.

In today’s rapidly evolving business world, technology leaders at large companies need to respond quickly to executive needs that directly impact the bottom line. Nowhere is this clearer than in ERP teams, where nimble business needs must be reflected in massive, complex software suites. ERP teams’ ability to efficiently handle these needs often means the difference between modest and massive success.

These teams govern their production SAP Business Suite systems with strict change procedures – and rightfully so. The processes they run form the backbone of business availability. Changing core cash management or order fulfillment processes that ERP enables should be thoughtfully undertaken, and should proceed only when the business is ready for concerted effort.

At the same time, a growing number of tools enhance those core business processes. A business can leave its main ERP order process intact while simultaneously giving its sales force the tools to engage customers in new ways to collect those orders. Financial analysts can review ever-increasing amounts of ERP financial data and create new, predictive models to plan cash strategies with powerful machine learning tools only recently becoming widely available.

ERP teams know the struggle of being charged with conflicting orders: quickly enable these new tools, while protecting the key business systems they govern. Without a way to mitigate that conflict, SAP staff are forced to either move more slowly than their businesses want or introduce more risk into their vital systems. SAP HANA Cloud Platform reconciles that conflict through its available services. The Web Integrated Development Environment (Web IDE) delivers speed and flexibility to custom development. SAP HANA Cloud Platform mobile services quickly manage mobilization efforts. The SAP HANA cloud connector ensures that on-premise ERP data is securely available to applications developed in the cloud.

Let’s explore these service and technical component offerings in depth to understand how SAP HANA Cloud Platform can accelerate ERP teams’ ability to deliver business needs quickly.  

Paul Modderman

Paul J. Modderman is senior product architect and technology evangelist for Mindset Consulting. He has more than 10 years of software development expertise, specializing in ABAP, ABAP Objects, .NET, Python, and Java. At Mindset, Paul ideates and develops innovative software products based on SAP, often joining SAP with cutting-edge cloud software such as Google for Work. Before joining Mindset, Paul developed software internally for several large enterprises. He has experience with Fiori, SAPUI5, SAP Gateway, Transportation Management (with BOPF), SAP QIM, Workflow, and standard RICEFW objects. Paul contributes regularly to the widely read Mindset blog.

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