SAP unveiled a new consumption-based commercial model for customers to easily acquire and engage SAP Cloud Platform, the company’s platform as a service (PaaS).
“It’s more flexible for customers to implement agile projects through this consumption based model,” said Dan Lahl, SAP's vice president of product marketing.
Other updates include the next-generation SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS, which allows customers to extend enterprise apps and processes to mobile devices.
The new consumption-based commercial model for SAP Cloud Platform provides a low-touch customer experience for configuring and using SAP Cloud Platform services.
Cloud credits are easily acquired, and available SAP Cloud Platform services can be quickly activated using a single provisioning cockpit.
This allows customers to innovate on their terms and at their own pace. In addition, the new commercial model provides transparency into the usage of each service consumed through regular metering, reporting and detailed accounting analytics on the customer’s cloud credit consumption and balance.
IT teams looking to do innovation projects quickly and line of business people who want to extend systems quickly will benefit the most from this, according to Lahl.
The enhanced SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS provides a consumer-grade mobile work experience with new controls and tighter integration with the Xcode integrated development environment, as well as integration with other capabilities within SAP Cloud Platform.
It also supports consumption of SAP Leonardo services, such as image recognition from a mobile app. Customers can now access application programming interfaces from SAP API Business Hub within the apps, as well as easily translate apps using SAP Translation Hub.
Developers and knowledge workers will benefit the most from this update, according to Lahl.
In addition, new analytic controls enable real-time data analytics and visualizations within mobile apps from SAP S/4HANA, SAP Cloud Platform Big Data Services, and the SAP HANA business data platform. Additional updates make it easy to use iOS device capabilities in end-to-end processes for administrative tasks, such as onboarding.
SAP introduced two new iOS mobile apps: SAP Insurance Sales Assistant enables the insurance agent to effectively manage all sales activities by providing comprehensive customer insights through a 360-degree customer view and an overview of performance KPIs.
SAP Asset Manager leverages the digital core with SAP S/4HANA as well as SAP Cloud Platform as the Internet of Things platform for managing work orders, notifications, condition monitoring, material consumption, time management and failure analysis.
SAP Cloud Platform is the foundation of SAP Leonardo, SAP’s digital innovation system.
The company will continue to push the boundaries on low touch technology to make it easier for customers to obtain SAP services, use them, and spin them up much more quickly.
“We see that as huge on the consumption based models,” Lahl said. “We’re going to continue to push the bounds on new SDKs in the future. We see that as a big way for customers to deliver new apps.”For more information about these updates, visit www.sap.com.