SAP HANA provides enormous capabilities and most of them are exposed as services through HANA cloud platform recently renamed as SAP Cloud platform. Tech startups can leverage the services offered by SAP Cloud platform to build powerful apps for businesses.
For tech startups, SAP cloud platform can be a one stop solution for their infrastructure, platform and software needs.
SAP Cloud Platform powered by HANA is a platform as a service developed by SAP for creating new applications or extending existing applications in a secure cloud computing environment managed by SAP. The SAP Cloud Platform integrates data and business processes.
Let’s try to summarize the services offered by SAP Cloud platform and each of the service can be utilised to build enterprise apps irrespective of backend software solution:
SAP Cloud platform Predictive Analytics Service: HANA Predictive Analysis library contains number of predictive algorithms that can execute directly against the data available in SAP HANA Database. Users can drive their business in right direction by anticipating future outcomes. SAP Predictive Using big data and the Internet of Things, analytics models powered by HANA can help in identifying unforeseen opportunities, better understand customers, and uncover hidden risks.
SAP Cloud platform Digital Assistant service: What Siri, Alexa, Facebook M, and Google Now are to consumers, SAP CoPilot will be to enterprise users. Powered by SAP HANA, Digital assistants are part of SAP CoPilot product suite. SAP users can chat with SAP CoPilot, ask questions, and give voice commands to SAP system.
SAP Cloud platform Machine Learning service: SAP HANA cloud platform provides native in-memory capabilities for machine learning executing at unprecedented speeds. To start with Machine learning can be applied in finance space, the supply chain, and the consumer world. For example, using historical financial clearing data, SAP Applications continuously learns, evolves and becomes smart with time. As a result, SAP system can automatically match invoices with incoming payments, allowing Human resources to perform more strategic activities.
SAP Cloud platform IOT Service: SAP HANA Cloud platform provides Remote device management and Message management. Message management facilitates Collection of sensor data and store it in the persistence layer of SAP Cloud Platform. The in-memory IoT platform powered by HANA can help you quickly develop, deploy, and manage your own real-time IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.
SAP Fiori user Interface powered by HANA: SAP continues to update and refine its UX, with a focus on providing simple and consistent UI. With the recent release of SAP Fiori 2.0, SAP has provided further innovations and customers can benefit from SAP HANA’s rich analytics features. Analytics and Fact sheet Fiori apps can be deployed only on HANA.
SAP Cloud platform Artificial Intelligence service: SAP contains huge volume of customer’s business data. SAP is now looking through almost every business process its software handles and determining where AI should be added. SAP’s asset management functionality, for example, is getting predictive maintenance capabilities added in through AI feature powered by HANA.
HANA Cloud Integration: Business expansion, consolidation and acquisition adds further complexity to heterogeneous IT systems. A typical IT landscape consists of a web of different technical solutions. The era of cloud computing adds further complexity and need for new integration scenarios becomes evident. Whether between different LoBs, B2B or B2C, integration today is need of the hour. HCI or HANA Cloud Integration is SAP’s cloud-based integration platform that tries to solve customer integration problems.
Cloud Foundry environment: Powered by SAP HANA, Cloud foundry environment comprise of various means for effective development and deployment of SAP HANA-based web applications on the cloud platform, supporting multiple runtimes, programming languages, libraries, and Services.
Spatial Data Processing: SAP HANA allows you to process and analyse massive amounts of spatial data in real time to reveal new patterns and trends. SAP HANA includes a multi-layered spatial engine. With enhanced GIS features, SAP HANA provides a single database for both your business and spatial data.
Text Analytics and Search: With SAP HANA, you can perform text analysis, text mining, and search to discover new insights from unstructured documents. And, when you process both structured and unstructured data in one platform, you can gain broader, contextual insights to improve decision making while benefiting from less data duplication and movement.
Blockchain powered by HANA: There are many parties and things in today’s highly interconnected, intelligent network, and blockchain provides the single source of truth as data is shared in that network, providing trust where you don’t know all your business partners. Blockchain makes sense when people don’t want a central party governing the network, but instead everyone creates, owns and exchanges the data in a peer-to-peer process. Ready-to-use blockchain as a service will sit in the SAP / HANA Cloud platform.
With all these advantages, the significance of SAP platform in the ever-growing Indian market is undeniable. Proper implementation of SAP products will help thousands of startups in the country to expand their business to reach new heights.
About Author: Vishwa Mohan Kumar
Vishwa Mohan Kumar is the founder and CEO at AIRDIT software service Pvt ltd, India’s premier software provider for business solutions, primarily aimed at stream lining operations and reducing the total cost of ownership.