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What is a Portal ? Let's look at a typical dictionary definition:


IT Landscape Architecture design should start at the Portal [the door] with everything

else behind it, and not the other way around.

Portal is the foundation stone of the IT Infrastructure in an organisation and as we all
know, get the foundations wrong and the design is doomed from the  beginning.

Too many software landscapes are evolved designed from the inside outwards, and

then a front door is bolted on somewhere as an after thought, infact in many cases

there are many front doors and things become messy, and confusing for Users.

The architectural design approach needs to be the other way around, start from the

entrance and work inwards.

A Portal is a door, an entrance, a secure door, and as we all know, for the last 11 years,
the SAP Portal has transformed Customer SAP Landscapes by providing and by being,

SAP Portal, the door to the SAP Landscape providing

out of the box access to any SAP system from any connected

device any time any place any where

Recently the SAP Portal has evolved again, this time splitting into two flavours:

           . the on-premise SAP Portal / SAP Mobile Portal which we all know [and love]

     and the

          . SAP Hana Cloud Portal

The on-premise SAP Portal which for the last 11 years has been the door to the
[on-premise] SAP Landscape, is now complimented by a further still, external door,

the SAP Hana cloud Portal which will now provide the single url common entry point

to the off-premise and on-premise IT infrastructure.

The SAP Hana Cloud Portal brings a new dimension, it's off-premise, it's up in the cloud,
it has a friendly interface, it's quick to work with and agile for solving requirements.

The SAP Hana Cloud Portal is now giving SAP Architects more possibilities for solving

the challenges of encapsulating and containing in a logical user friendly oriented manner

the off-premise and on-premise IT assets of the organisation.

At a time when organisations/companies are dipping their toes into the cloud software
provisioning market, and procuring services here and there for cloud based business
software, the contempory challenge is how to bring everything together, logically,
and in a User friendly manner and design, ie, one url to everything, one Portal opening
the door to everything.

The answer and solution is Hana Cloud Portal as the aggregation UI framework for all
business applications, cloud and on-premise. The Hana Cloud Portal can have Users
Provisioned and easily and securely integrate with customer's on-premise landscapes
and expose those assets along with cloud based applications.

The IT world is changing as we speak, and cloud is something which cannot be ignored,
which means the SAP Hana Cloud Portal cannot be ignored.

SAP Architects, Enterprise Architects, IT Architects should be looking at the emerging
SAP Hana Cloud Portal and considering it's place in forward looking architectural design,
prototyping it and including it in design concepts from the beginning, from the foundation,

designing from the doorway inwards and learning from the past.

If your company is thinking of using any kind of cloud software, then you need to be
planning how to securely handle access to the cloud applications and manage Users

and the User's experience, which means you should be looking at the SAP Hana Cloud

Portal as the doorway to everything on-premise and off-premise.

One look and feel, one url, one door, securely containing access to all areas.

There is mountains of documentation in the SAP Hana Cloud Portal area of SCN and also

a free trial area -

The SAP Hana Cloud Portal is a very new cutting edge area of SAP. If you want to get

involved in it in these early days, the Product Managers at SAP for Hana Cloud Portal

are very friendly and approachable. There's the trial area, and there's even an

ongoing competition to create the most creative and appealing site which you can take part in .

Have a look and don't get left behind.

All the best,


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