What is SAP Cloud Platform or SAP On-Cloud?

SAP recently came with a service called SaaS i.e. Software AS A Service. It is nothing different, but SAP Cloud Platform (SAP S/4-Cloud platform) for the entire ERP suite it has. Following are some of the SAP versions both on cloud as well as on-premise.

SAP On-Premise SAP S/4-Cloud
SAP HCM SAP SuccessFactors
SAP FSCM SAP Ariba Network
SAP FI SAP Concur
SAP CRM SAP Hybris Cloud

SAP Cloud Platform

Advantages of SAP Cloud Platform:

  • Quick Return on Investment
  • Monthly Pricing
  • No Hardware Management
  • Automatic Software Updates
  • Good Data Security
  • Scalability
  • Better Utilization of Resources

Disadvantages of SAP Cloud Platform:

  • Data Compliance Issue for Confidential Data
  • Existing Infrastructure cannot be utilized
  • Customization and Integration Restriction

What is the Difference between SAP on Premise and SAP Cloud Platform?

When SAP started its ERP services, it has to go physically to the place/company i.e. on-premise/location where it wanted to install their software.

On-premise software is the one, which is installed and runs on the premise(the work area/building) of that company. All the ERP solution provided by SAP i.e. SAP CRM, SAP Suite, SAP HCM, etc. All are On-premise solutions.

Advantages of SAP On-premise:

  • Pre-configured hardware
  • Preinstalled software
  • Solution validation by SAP and partner
  • Reduced Risk
  • Increased flexibility and control

 

Disadvantages of SAP On-premise:

  • High Initial Investment
  • Hardware Management Required
  • Software Update Required

What to choose between On Premise and SAP Cloud Platform?

This is a very important question regarding service selection. SAP provides ECC & ERP services in two ways. Both of them have HANA Database. The selection is purely based on the requirement of customer. In given table, we will explain possible conditions where these two services are applicable:

Feature SAP On-Premise SAP Cloud Platform
Infrastructure It is installed within the premise. You have to pay for infrastructure installation. It is cloud based service. You need to pay for the service as per your use.
Support The support team of the enterprise can handle it. Total support dependency is on SAP.
Upgrade Every year new upgrades will be required. The on-cloud service is upgraded by SAP itself.
Functional Full ERP solution is available Limited ERP solution is available
Investment Hardware, Software and support team Payment as per service and time

 

You can even choose a hybrid version where you can have functionality and advantage of both on-premise and on-cloud. For more information click here.

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