The HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) was THE dominating topic at this year’s SAP TechEd in the sunny city of Barcelona. The “HANA” in it’s name may be a bit misleading, because although the HANA-database is of course part of the platform, the HCP is rather a collection of many different services for the development and the operation of all kinds of applications. Examples are services for building and operating SAPUI5-apps, gamification, mobile applications, document services, IoT services and so on, and so forth. As the HCP can also be used to adapt and extend existing OnPremise- and cloud-solutions of SAP, and is the basis for many new SAP solutions, maybe we could refer to it as the true successor of the NetWeaver platform.
If you want to get a good overview of what is possible today with help of the HANA cloud platform, and how the development of applications in the SAP-area will look like in a few years, you HAVE to watch the keynote of Björn Goerke here: http://events.sap.com/teched/en/session/26506. Not one of the usual keynotes with a sequence of buzzwords, but a one-hour “one-man-live-coding-demo-show”, around a story of “The Martian“.
Other important topics:
- Analytics and Big Data: SAP Cloud for Analytics (C4A), the new one-stop-shop for everything that has to do with analytics, planning and predictive, was already announced a few weeks before at the SAP TechEd in Las Vegas, and is also based on the HCP: http://www.sapcloudanalytics.com
- Internet of Things: IoT surely is one of the key-trends in technology in the coming years. SAP has a “cloud-first” approach in this area, with again the HCP (and it’s IoT Services) being the central platform for it.
- Fiori Cloud Edition: I participated in a workshop where I could see how easy it is to configure and even extend Fiori-applications, that are hosted in the HCP-based offering “Fiori Cloud Edition”. You can try it for yourself at https://www.sapfioritrial.com. General availability is planned for January 2016.
- Fiori 2.0: many improvements and innovations of the upcoming Fiori-release have to do with the launchpad, and the possibilities for users to handle larger amounts of applications within it. The result looks like some sort of a mixture between Fiori Launchpad and NetWeaver Portal.
Finally some impressions of the event and the beautiful city of Barcelona: