SAP extends enterprise PaaS; delivers initial Apple milestones

SAP Cloud Platform

Bjorn Goerke, SAP

SAP is promising business excellence, enterprise optimisation and an improved path to digital transformation with the launch of new services in its enterprise Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), as well as delivery of the first milestones in its partnership with Apple.

The new services include support for virtual machines, prebuilt integrations for Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway, beta versions of workflow and business rules services as well as smart data streaming for high-speed Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios.

According to SAP, these features enable enterprises to bridge on-premise and cloud landscapes, extend existing technology investments to deliver channels such as mobile and IoT and drive new digital transformation initiatives.

“The new business services can help our customers to fully embrace their innovation agenda at development speed and deployment flexibility that they have never seen from SAP before, making our SAP HANA Cloud Platform even more attractive to enterprises on their digital transformation journey,” said Bjoern Goerke, president, SAP HANA cloud platform, SAP.

The new business services include beta versions of SAP HANA Cloud Platform workflow service and business rule functionality, designed to facilitate connections between business functions and users, and allow business process changes without downtime, as well as SAP Data Quality Management microservices for location data, which allows validation and enrichment for addresses and geocodes.

Other new capabilities include smart data streaming, predictive analytics delivery and the SAP Smart Business service, providing access to and management of key performance indicators in real time.

Apple partnership bears fruit

SAP and Apple have also completed the first deliverables of their partnership, designed to provide early adopters with access to critical enterprise data and processes to enable them to take immediate action using their iPhone and iPad.

These programs include the new SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK for iOS and SAP Academy for iOS, which provides education, training and tools for developers.