Understanding the HANA Cloud Platform

Christopher Aron

Posted by Christopher Aron on October 8, 2015

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It’s important for organizations to remain agile and innovative in today’s competitive world. And, in order to stay ahead, organizations are challenged to deliver business applications in a simple, quick and effective manner. This is where the SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) comes in.

Leveraging the unique SAP HANA in-memory database, HCP is a platform-as-a-service with a comprehensive set of easy-to-use tools and services that allow SAP customers to:

  • rapidly create modern, mobile-enabled cloud applications
  • extend current on premise or cloud solutions for increased functionality and customization

With a development environment based on open standards, the HANA Cloud Platform provides a simple approach for customers to quickly create, extend and securely deploy any application, anywhere inside or outside their organization. Let’s take a quick look at the ways customers can use HCP to improve business agility.


Extend On Premise and Cloud Solutions

Many SAP customers want to embrace the innovative capabilities of the cloud but also want to leverage their existing solutions in a non-disruptive way. The HANA Cloud Platform allows these customers to meet their critical business needs by easily extending their on premise applications with additional functionality.

Companies who are invested in their on premise landscape don’t need, nor do they want, to rip and replace their current systems just to take advantage of the cloud. The ability for these customers to extend mission critical applications with the plug and play cloud functionality that HCP provides is significant.

SAP customers can also take advantage of the HANA Cloud Platform to modify cloud applications already in use. Using HCP, customized business processes that extend off the shelf cloud application functionality can be built out quickly and efficiently.

Build New Cloud Applications

HANA Cloud Platform’s comprehensive services and capabilities allow developers to build and deploy next-generation cloud applications that are simple and intuitive to use. Rich, consumer-like user interfaces based on standard Java and robust HANA technologies can be created in a matter of minutes. And the ability to integrate mobile, collaboration, Big Data and analytic services into these cloud applications goes a long way to help customers meet their ever evolving business needs.

Why the SAP HANA Cloud Platform?

Many SAP customers I speak to are looking for a cloud platform approach to application development in response to the rising stakeholder expectation around application delivery, capacity and throughput that I mention at the start of this post. HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) – the core common cloud platform for all SAP solutions – is simply the easiest way for these customers to extend their mission critical applications, regardless of whether they are in the cloud, on premise, or were created by a third-party.


Coming Up

This is the first of a series of blog posts that will focus on the HANA Cloud Platform. Today’s overview sets the stage for more in-depth looks at HCP in the coming weeks, including detailed use cases and the HCP partner ecosystem. Stay tuned!

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