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Let me say at the outset, I am not a gambler!  But at my 2nd daughter’s request (she turned 30 on Jan 1), on New Year’s Eve I found myself seated next to her husband, playing black jack at the Biltmore Casino in North Lake Tahoe.  And lo and behold, 2018 started out great – we both beat the dealer and walked away winners…

In early December of 2017, the SAP Cloud Platform team also made a big bet – we wanted to make the customer experience exponentially better on the Cloud Platform website in 2018!  We worked through the holidays and I am happy to introduce for 2018 a new consumption and configuration experience that dramatically improves our customers’ and partners’ daily interactions as they engage, explore and innovate on SAP Cloud Platform.

The SAP Cloud Platform Consumption Experience starts with our newly re-designed website that offers a modern and dynamic look and feel. The website makes it easier for customers to find the information they need, understand the wealth of services available to them, configure the services they need and start their innovation projects.  Additionally, customers can now take advantage of a new consumption-based commercial model that leaves developers free to choose any of the services they need at any time during their innovation journey.

Let me explain to you how our vision is going to transform the way you take advantage of SAP Cloud Platform.

Unleashing innovation without constraints

Innovation is an iterative process – it’s a bit like when you decide to visit a new place. You know you want to go to Paris, but you do not know the best time of the year to visit, where you are going to stay, or how are you going to get there. Once there, you want the freedom to adjust your itinerary as you go, based on your mood, the weather or your budget.

Similarly, if you are an SAP Cloud Platform developer, you want to figure out how to get your innovation projects started as quickly as possible by getting hands-on with the services available to you. Our redesigned website allows you to do just that. Now, you can find everything you need in one place with an incredibly simple user experience that mirrors the familiar SAP Cloud Platform Cockpit. is a one-stop shop for all your development needs – from a convenient service catalog to a comprehensive cost Estimator.

Some development projects require the agility to quickly scale up new projects.

The consumption-based commercial model offers customers the flexibility to have one SKU for all available SAP Cloud Platform services, and then pay for the amount of services used and consumed via cloud credits. And SAP will provide monthly usage reports so customers can track their project’s success and uptake.   In essence, you can now take advantage of a rich and simple digital experience for finding, trying, buying, and consuming cloud services from SAP to innovate without constraints.  And the website experience is now greatly enhanced with the capability to estimate exactly the cost of the services required in order to put your purchased cloud credits to best use.  Let agility reign!

How to Get Started with the New Consumption Model

Getting started is easy. Just visit our website and start exploring the Capabilities catalog to discover the growing portfolio of cloud services that are offered on a consumption basis – including services like the SAP Cloud Platform HANA service,  SAP Cloud Platform API Management, SAP Cloud Platform Internet of Things, SAP Leonardo Machine Learning Functional Services and SAP Cloud Platform Mobile Service for Development and Operations, and many others.

Both new and existing customers can take advantage of the new consumption model. When you are ready to start your project, you can acquire cloud credits – the monetary value of prepaid service consumption – through the new SAP Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreement. Contact your Account Representative for more information.

2018 is an excellent time to take advantage of our agile platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for digital transformation. Extend and connect your existing business systems while building new scenarios to innovate ahead of the curve. Taking advantage of SAP Cloud Platform has never been easier with both the new website, estimator and pricing model - so start building the cloud application of your dreams, starting now!  SAP is betting big that you will want to utilize SAP Cloud Platform services and the new consumption-based model for your digital transformation, so check it out today!