SAP Cloud Platform is nothing more than a set of tools for users to easily program new software. It also encompasses things such as life-cycle management and integration, and comes packaged with pre-defined templates that support direct customers. SAP has long held the monopoly when it comes to software development, but recently the likes of Apple Computers and Microsoft have been pouring huge amounts of money into their programming solutions. SAP continues to be a market leader, however, with its Cloud computing solution allowing software companies and individuals to take advantage of its scale and software development expertise.
SAP has traditionally offered two different kinds of software: On-premises ERP solutions, which can be run on-premise or within an organisation, and hosted solutions, which allow distributed business to take advantage of the features and benefits of ERP. The Cloud platform offers a way in between these two extremes. The idea here is that a company doesn’t have to buy all of the software required to run its ERP and instead can simply buy parts, such as the ERP, that they need whenever they require them, as and when necessary.
This is the biggest advantage of Cloud solutions over on-premised ones because it allows you to rapidly grow your business without having to purchase new software and it frees up cash that could otherwise be used for software license fees or other licensing costs. For large corporations this can be extremely important as it can make the difference between being profitable or not.
SAP Platform Integration Services (HPI) is one of the biggest benefits of SAP Cloud Platform Integration. As mentioned above, Cloud comes in many forms and it can often be confusing for a developer to figure out which format best suits his needs, such as whether it should be in Hana or XML format. Fortunately, once you’ve decided upon the format your company will take, Cloud will handle all the conversion aspects for you, from providing the data structures to the integration testing. For companies with internal ERP systems, it will enable them to take advantage of the full power of ERP, without having to understand and learn the interface.
SAP In Memory Technology (IMT) is another way in which SAP Cloud Platform Integration can benefit a company. SAP provides extensive tools for data centers, including high-quality software and extremely low cost virtualization technologies. This means that companies don’t have to pay for server virtualization, but can instead invest in SAP tools, such as Hana, which allow easy provisioning and deploying of applications and data. There are many ways in which companies can take advantage of both the in-memory technology and the Cloud computing services that are provided by SAP.