Before we begin to explore SAP HANA Cloud, we should first describe how this cloud service fits into the broader context of The Intelligent Enterprise.
The intelligent enterprise is a holistic approach that integrates the most advanced technology with business processes to deliver significant business value. The key driver in the intelligent enterprise is data. Intelligent enterprises develop and implement data-driven applications to power their business.
The intelligent enterprise includes software and services that combine cloud with on-premise solutions.
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To support the intelligent enterprise, SAP and its partners provide software and services that are highly integrated.
The intelligent enterprise can be described in layers:
- Business Processes : Activities and functions of a business.
- Applications : ERP suite (S/4HANA) with integrated, vertical LOB cloud solutions that support the business processes.
- Technology: The Business Technology Platform provides the technology layer to support the applications. This is where SAP HANA is positioned.
- Infrastructure: Cloud hosting partners or SAP Data Centres that ensure all software and support is available at all times.
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The SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) provides all software components, cloud and on-premise, that make up the complete, technical infrastructure to support all applications.
SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) is the platform and set of tools and products that enable you to integrate and extend all SAP and third-party applications and data assets. SAP BTP encompasses database/data management, analytics, application development/integration, as well as support for intelligent technologies, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence.
The platform offers users the ability to turn data into business value, compose end-to-end business processes, and build and extend SAP applications quickly.