SAP has spent a significant amount of time and money over the past 15 years transforming itself from a purely on-premise software company to a company that offers a significant portion of its portfolio as software on demand.
In the first part of this hour, we discussed the different cloud flavors available for SAP and compared them with the classical on-premise and hosting models, using pizza as an example. We described SAP’s road to the cloud and how classic SAP solutions look and feel for the user when running on the cloud, and we gave a short introduction to the HANA Enterprise Cloud and the HANA Cloud Platform.
In the second part of this hour, we described the purpose, focus, and functionality of new solutions acquired by SAP since the last edition of this book: SuccessFactors, Ariba, Fieldglass, Concur, and hybris. The majority of these are delivered exclusively from the cloud via the SaaS paradigm. Technical details of the integration of these new solutions into the classic SAP system landscape are provided in Hour 19.