Introducing the SAP HANA Cloud

Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Introduce SAP HANA Cloud as a part of the SAP Business Technology Platform

Introducing the SAP HANA Cloud

Lesson Overview

In this lesson you will learn how about SAP HANA Cloud, it's position in the SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) and how the SAP BTP and SAP HANA Cloud fit into the SAP Intelligent Enterprise vision.

Challenges for Today’s Enterprises

In many companies the business application system landscapes over time have become very large and extremely complex. This scale and complexity slows down innovation, because even a small change can have a huge impact on the whole system landscape. The impact could be business process related, so extensive testing in all affected systems is required. The change could also impact system landscape infrastructure, which might result in ordering additional hardware or upgrading the affected database or operating system.

All these steps are time consuming, cost money and involve different experts in specific knowledge areas. This is the opposite of what the business expects. A move to the cloud would improve this situation in many business areas.

When making the move to the cloud, all the above points have to be taking into account as well! It's not like "storing your data in a cloud" auto-magically make the above pain points go away. A thorough investigation in the capabilities and features of the cloud provider need to be conducted to ensure that all business requirements are met.

SAP Intelligent Enterprise

The SAP Intelligent Enterprise vision helps companies to become an intelligent enterprises, enabling companies to make impactful changes to run their business better by growing more resilient, more profitable, and more sustainable.

In simple terms an Intelligent Enterprise, is a company that is using modern cloud-based technologies, like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), to better use its data to get real-time insights about its operations, market environment and customers. The journey to become an Intelligent Enterprise is not something that can only be started by the Fortune 500 companies, it’s also the SMB’s who see the opportunity to transform their business models to become more customer-focused, more innovative, more flexible and more responsive to market demand.

At the core of the Intelligent enterprise the SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) brings business data, including Operation data (the O) that explains the what and Experience data (the X) that explains the why, to the business processes.

See the following video for an overview about SAP Business Technology Platform Capabilities.

The SAP Business Technology Platform is built to fit into deployment scenarios that are best aligned with your company’s growth strategy, whether it’s cloud, on-premise, hybrid or multi-cloud strategy.

With the SAP BTP, you can make confident decisions and re-imagine business processes that provide Exceptional Experiences to your customers, employees and partners to succeed in the Experience Economy.

The journey to the cloud to become an Intelligent Enterprise isn't something that far away on the horizon, it's happening right now. Research shows that by 2022 almost 75% of all databases will be deployed or migrated to a cloud platformGartner Research, G00347472, The Future of the DBMS Market is Cloud, June 2019

Reasons for moving to the cloud are:

  • Data explosion in volume size
  • The countless number of different data types and data sources
  • Flexibility and timely delivery of hardware and software resources
  • Lower TCO

SAP HANA Cloud Value Proposition

SAP HANA Cloud is a fully managed in-memory multi-tier cloud database as a service (DBaaS). As the cloud-based data foundation for SAP Business Technology Platform, SAP HANA Cloud integrates data from across the enterprise, enabling faster decisions based on live data.

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