What is SAP Cloud Platform?

by | Mar 8, 2018 | ABAP Beginner

Preface – This post is part of the ABAP Beginner series.

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. Following are some of the SAP versions both on the cloud as well as on-premise.

SAP On-PremiseSAP S/4-Cloud
SAP HCMSAP SuccessFactors
SAP FSCMSAP Ariba Network
SAP CRMSAP 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 its 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 solutions provided by SAP i.e. SAP CRM, SAP Suite, SAP HCM, etc., 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 the customer. In the given table, we will explain possible conditions where these two services are applicable:

FeatureSAP On-PremiseSAP Cloud Platform
InfrastructureIt is installed within the premise. You have to pay for infrastructure installation.It is a cloud-based service. You need to pay for the service as per your use.
SupportThe support team of the enterprise can handle it.Total support dependency is on SAP.
UpgradeEvery year new upgrades will be required.The on-cloud service is upgraded by SAP itself.
FunctionalFull ERP solution is availableLimited ERP solution is available
InvestmentHardware, Software and support teamPayment as per service and time


You can even choose a hybrid version with functionality and the advantage of both on-premise and on-cloud. For more information, click here.



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