New suite based on Hana will boost the vendor's target for cloud user base for 2017
SAP has announced ‘S/4Hana’, the successor to S/3 or SAP Business Suite, with an easier-to-use interface, disruption free migration and super-fast data analysis with Hana.
The new ERP announced this afternoon boasts “re-written code (no materialised aggregates)” that make the most of Hana’s speedy data crunching. It uses SAP Fiori’s interface and is available as SaaS and on-premise.
It even has the added bonus, Bernd Leukert demonstrated, of accessibility for certain applications on a smartwatch thanks to the Fiori interface.
During the launch in New York, a demonstration revealed how the speedier Hana-enabled replacement to SAP R/3 – which has been around since 1992 – can crunch data “on the fly”.
Showcasing the financial applications screen for a hypothetical company, Bernd Leukrt analysed data for the last eight financial quarters –245 million line items - for profits and losses in its China division within seconds.
The launch centred on cloud customers. Founder, Hasso Plattner confirmed that the vendor would be chasing the services industry, a perfect candidate for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), which he believes can run much “more easily” than an on-premise model.
He said: “The oil industry is not going to the cloud first, the banks are not going to the cloud first, hospitals in Europe are not allowed to go in the cloud so we have a focus on the market where we have the highest market potential, like the services industry.”
But Plattner did take the time to discuss options for the cloud shy. He said that SAP will follow Salesforce’s lead and develop cloud products that can be configured for on-premise customers.
“Customers can have the same cosy feeling that their data is at home”, he added.
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