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Yesterday, as a follow up to the news out of Sapphire Now that SAP's user experience product Fiori is now free, I provided a guide for how to get started with Fiori very quickly using rapid-deployment solutions. However, I may have buried the lead. That is, even if I keep telling you Fiori is great as a consumer experience for enterprise software and that you should go get it set up now because it's free... You still have to take the time to deploy and configure it to use it yourself firsthand.

Except that you don't. There's an even faster way to go hands on. Enter SAP ERP Foundation Extension. This is what we like to call a "preassembled rapid-deployment solution appliance." Allow me to deconstruct that phrase and elaborate on its meaning. It basically combines several rapid-deployment solutions (RDS) together and is designed to be deployed, configured, and consumed in the cloud. The five rapid-deployment solutions that make up this offering are as follows: SAP ERP Foundation, SAP HANA Live, SAP Fiori Apps, SAP Fiori Infrastructure, and SAP Access Control.

So what does it really deliver in a nutshell? A full-blown ERP system powered by SAP HANA that includes 60+ Fiori apps for a delightful consumer experience, 50+ HANA Live reports for real-time operational reporting on live transactional data, and 80+ business processes across Finance, Controlling, Manufacturing, Procure to Pay, and Order to Cash. And the best part is that SAP now has a free, 30-day trial of this system.

Not sure if the cloud is right for you? Not sure about Fiori? Why not give both a test drive just to see what's possible with the latest technologies coming out of SAP. It's a quick, easy, and free way to go hands on with pretty much no risk or commitment. Check out details on this 30-day free trial here and additional instructions here. And if you're interested in more details of what's included with all these RDS packages combined together (as well details for on-premise deployment options -- it can work in the cloud or on premise), check out SAP ERP Foundation Extension on the Service Marketplace here.

Last but not least, if you're still here at Sapphire Now, swing by the rapid-deployment solutions launchpad at the Line of Business (LOB) campus, and we'll show you a live demo of Fiori and ERP Foundation Extension in action.