The announcements regarding the business technology platform and Hana Cloud were made at the SAP TechEd 2019 conference in Barcelona, Spain.
“Our business technology platform brings SAP Hana and analytics closer together with SAP Cloud Platform. Consequently, users can make smarter, faster and more-confident business decisions,” said Juergen Mueller, SAP CTO and executive. “SAP ensures high levels of openness and flexibility including out-of-the-box integration, modularity and ease of extension in cloud, on-premise and hybrid deployment models. With this open and flexible approach, SAP is committed to helping our customers achieve superior business outcomes.”
SAP’s business technology platform brings together SAP technology into one “stack” with a single reference architecture. Consequently, it delivers required services for modern enterprises, like Hana Cloud. It encompasses database and data management; application development and integration; analytics; intelligent technologies and services. It aims to help organizations extend their SAP applications, integrate their landscape and build new applications to improve business processes.
With the business technology platform customers can benefit from easy access to SAP data and out-of-the-box business content that helps turn data into business value. Additionally, partnerships with hyperscale vendors and seamless interoperability with their technologies deliver a high level of scalability and flexibility.
Highlights of the business technology platform
The business technology platform comprises SAP Data Warehouse Cloud solution, SAP Hana Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud. This results in SAP Hana Cloud Services. They combine all data and analytics capabilities in these solutions as one set of interconnected services to store, process, govern and consume large volumes of data.
SAP Data Warehouse Cloud is a business-ready data warehouse in the cloud. It offers users a self-service solution to easily and quickly tie all their business data together and translate it into value for their specific line of business. With a simple and flexible pricing model, customers can avoid the high up-front investment costs of a traditional data warehouse and easily and cost-effectively scale their data warehouse as data demands continue to grow.
Customers can deploy SAP Data Warehouse Cloud either stand-alone or as an extension to their existing on-premise BW/4 Hana solution or Hana software. It will be generally available in Q4/2019.
SAP Hana Cloud announced
SAP Hana Cloud is a cloud-native solution. It aims to bring customers the simplicity and speed of Hana for all their data. It offers one virtual interactive access layer across all data sources with a scalable query engine, decoupling data consumption from data management. Furthermore, it equips users with a simplified, unified data access layer to streamline data processing; while also consolidating and harmonizing data integration in their intelligent applications.
Customers can deploy Hana Cloud either as a stand-alone solution or as an extension to their existing on-premise environments. This allows them to benefit from the cloud and the ability of Hana to analyze live, transactional data. Hana Cloud will be generally available in Q4/2019.
The latest release of SAP Analytics Cloud includes enhancements for enterprise planning. These updates enable business users to automate typical planning processes using new tools; for example a wizard that simplifies the creation of planning workflows by automatically creating calendar tasks for planning process contributors.
The new “builder tool” creates different versions of rolling forecasts. Improved “data actions” include prompts and variables to cover the same calculations across plans to help save time by maintaining a single, complex calculation rather than managing multiple versions.
Additionally, SAP Analytics Cloud is planned to be embedded in SAP SuccessFactors solutions as well as S/4 Hana. It will be generally available in Q4/2019. This will give companies better insight into their HR and business data to improve people and organizational decisions.
SAP will offer the embedded edition of SAP Analytics Cloud as a service under the SAP Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreement. Developers can easily activate this analytics service to quickly build and integrate analytics into their applications through live connectivity with Hana.
Business Intelligence gets a boost
SAP recognizes that every customer’s journey to the cloud is unique. Many organizations are operating in a mixed landscape with on-premise, cloud and hybrid deployments. The 4.3 release of the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence suite aims to support customers with on-premise enhancements while providing tighter integration with SAP Analytics Cloud.
Benefits of the new version include an improved user experience, enhanced ease of deployment and support for the latest industry standards. A beta program will be available in Q4/2019.