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Hope you did tune into our first of a webinar series on...

It’s  Time to Embrace the Cloud and the Platform - Understanding SAP's Cloud Strategy

Not? Well, you might have missed the invite then 😉 Check here also for recording: - Events

In session #1 Matthias Steiner, Sindhu Gangadharan and myself,  we focused on an intro to what we see happening in the market, how to address a business strategy supported by cloud and had a pre-view on 3 key topics - SaaS, PaaS and Integration.

We know that the move to the cloud must be a thoughtful evolution. Our strategy centers on leveraging the right mix of cloud, managed (= virtualized, outsourced, hosted, private cloud), and on-premise technology.  You have very specific challenges you are looking to solve, and very specific investments you want to leverage. The customers starting point on this journey will help define the mix that is right for you - and the focus needs to be on business outcomes.

You find the slides posted here:  ASUG Webinar on Cloud, PaaS and Integration (July 2014)

*Update* You find the recording here: Webcast Series: It's Time To Embrace the Cloud and the Platform - Understanding SAP's Cloud Strategy...

Session #2 will be all about the platform - and my distinct colleague steinermatt

SAP’s cloud strategy spans across all three layer of cloud computing from Infrastructure-as-a-Service, to Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service.

While the first (IaaS) and the last (SaaS) are well-known and established technologies, the middle layer – PaaS – is still emerging. At SAP we believe that companies are well-advised to embrace all three layers to implement a successful and ultimately sustainable cloud strategy. SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) is the Platform-as-a-Service offering from SAP and it plays a vital role in our vision for a winning cloud strategy in a hybrid IT landscape.

Sitting on top of the IaaS layer, cloud platforms provide both a design and run-time environment to develop new solutions or extend existing applications and run them in the cloud. That could be custom solutions used internally within your company or new cloud applications sold via the SAP HANA Marketplace (or other channels). HCP combines the full power of the SAP HANA platform with the ease of use and maximized outreach of the cloud. A comprehensive et of application services and APIs for the most commonly required functionality (e.g. Identity management, connectivity, portal capabilities, integration services, mobile and analytical services etc.) significantly reduce the cost of development as well as the time to market. And while there are no limitations of what once can develop with HCP we see three major usage scenarios:

  • Develop new line-of-business or vertical solutions leveraging the power of in-memory computing based on SAP HANA
  • Extend existing on-premise applications (e.g. the SAP Business Suite)
  • Extend existing on-demand solutions (e.g. SuccessFactors Employee Central)

In this part of the webcast we will introduce you to SAP HANA Cloud Platform and provide an overview about its capabilities. We’ll also provide some real-life customer examples of the three exemplary usage scenarios outlined above.

See more here and here and join us:

Exploring SAP’s  Hana Cloud Platform: The Foundation for Developing and Running Applicationsin a Hybrid IT Landscape

7, 2014 at 11:00 am ET

Session 3 - touches a key element for hybrid cloud deployments - Integration. Sindhu Gangadharan - #SAPTechEd 2013 Speaker of the Week

My colleague Sindhu Gangadharan will dive into the key area supporting hybrid cloud deployments - integration. Integration is key to achieve the Desired Business Outcomes from the Cloud. The approach to cloud integration needs to be as flexible and agile as your cloud applications and platforms. When it comes to the right approach to cloud integration in the era of hybrid IT, it's critical that the solution is able to seamlessly bridge the cloud and on-premise world.

As of March last year SAP brought to market HANA Cloud Integration (HCI) a service offered on HCP. HCI  is SAP’s strategic cloud integration solution for cloud to cloud and cloud to ground integration scenarios.  HCI is also enriched with  pre-packaged integration content for the different SAP Cloud LOB solutions like SuccessFactors, Cloud for Customer, Ariba etc.

In this part of the webcast we will look into the product capabilities of HANA Cloud Integration and how customers can very quickly go through a typical cloud integration project consisting of the following steps:

  • Discover from content catalog
  • Configure and deploy integration content into customer workspace
  • Monitor and operate integration scenarios

We will also look into some of the customer examples where customers have leveraged HCI and gone into production within a matter of few weeks of implementation time.

Join us:

Cloud Integration - The Cornerstone  of your Cloud Journey

23, 2014 at 11:00 am ET

And finally, at TechEd / d-code in fall you will have the opportunity to attend a full day pre-session. Check here: Home | SAP TechEd && d-code Las Vegas and join us on site:

Focus on the Cloud: Series Recap and an Insiders POV on SAP d-code (SAP TechEd)

8, 2014 at 11:00 am ET

Looking forward to see you on the webinars and in October SAP TechEd && d-code.

Follow us via @SAPCloud and the experts via @steinermatt , @gangadharansind and @SDenecken

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