SAP Boosts Cloud Platform with Host of New Features and Tools

SAP is updating its cloud platform, boosting the solution with the ability to extend and customize applications with multicloud and mobilization choices.

The enhancements include SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain, which will enable enterprises to build and extend business solutions with blockchain technologies. This is helping customers to enhance transparency, safety, and collaboration in many sectors – such as transportation, food and pharmaceuticals. 

“We’re actually supporting the two largest open sourced initiatives for blockchain,” said Dan Lahl, vice president, product marketing at SAP. “We see blockchain as a horizontal technology that’s going to be adopted in a vertical fashion.”

The update allows SAP Cloud Platform to run on Google Cloud Platform. This infrastructure takes full advantage of Google’s worldwide dedicated network and directly enables the consumption of Google services and native technologies such as machine learning.

SAP Cloud Platform is also delivering on its promise to be mobile agnostic with the release of an Android Software Development Kit (SDK). This provides the ability to mobilize sophisticated workflows with a friendly, native experience on any Android OS device.

SAP Analytics Cloud is also undergoing upgrades including new planning and analysis capabilities that are directly embedded within S/4HANA Cloud to ensure organizations can plan, execute and analyze in one management system .

Other enhancements include:

  • Extended access to over 130 cloud data sources so customers can easily retrieve, blend and gain insight from their data
  • Combined machine learning and natural language query (NLQ) with the new “Search to Insight” feature to augment human intelligence and provide quick insights about data by answering ad-hoc questions in natural language on any device
  • Pre-built content and business logic for more than 20 SAP applications including SAP SuccessFactors, SAP Ariba, SAP Hybris and SAP S/4HANA to embed analytics where users work

Enterprises will benefit from these upgrades along with developers, IT, and line of business users, according to Lahl.

SAP is eyeing future integrations with Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes, Lahl said.

“We see a big move to containerization and I think we have to help customers determine when is the right amount of containerization needed, when is the right automatic deployment of software needed, and how do you mix and match these different technologies,” Lahl said.

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