Business users from all areas: operations, sales, or HR, don’t really worry much about the cloud. What they actually look into is the functionality of the software and their access to information. Whether the deployment method is hybrid, cloud, or on-premise, it doesn’t really matter.
Yet, business users often choose SaaS as cloud solution that meets their immediate needs. Users at the front-end are not concerned with the backend services, because that’s an IT matter, unless productivity is an issue.
IT department is keenly aware of the users need and are looking for a shift to cloud in future. The shift however, will not be a straight forward one as integration issues as user authentication and data synchronization can occur. And if plethora of SaaS solutions is not integrated properly, that can actually hurt the business efficiency.
So, how will enterprises be able to take advantage of SaaS innovation while still driving the most out of IT? There’s definitely an answer in SAP solutions, let’s understand how:
Enterprises Need to Focus on Simple Rather Than Simplistic
Users crave simplicity that is often found in single-purpose apps – but SaaS silos are capable of fracturing a business. Users will have to toggle between various SaaS apps to get a single task done, when relying on loosely connected single purpose apps. Most of cloud implementations are rather very simplistic and provide a seamless experience to users. What users need instead is coherence.
Use APIs and Extensions for Cloud Deployments
A survey complained that 88% respondents find inefficiencies and functional gaps in SaaS. The gaps and inefficiencies can reduce business effectiveness to a greater extent. Off the shelf SaaS solutions have failed on meeting business needs, this however can be filled with application extensions.
Use the Right Tools for Integration Purposes
Integration tools are essential for aggregating data and tying cloud apps with back-end system, while some companies are still using coding for getting the job done. Integration is certainly not easy and IT department has to integrate apps from multiple vendors while at the same time ensuring real time performance and master data synchronization. A mature cloud landscape on the other hand makes the entire process seamless.
Think PaaS or Platform
Enterprises require a secure, multifaceted, scalable and easy to use cloud platform for achieving comprehensive and cohesive set of solutions. The main key here is to look for Platform as a Service or a cloud platform which is scalable, secure, and is designed for making app extension and integration easy.
The solution is SAP HANA Cloud Platform – it takes PaaS advantage one step farther. It has a strong in memory database, offering customers the state of art platform on which they can integrate, run, and build existing apps.
Cloud vs. on-premise deployment is all about the past. Some enterprises are relying on both. End user efficiency of these enterprises is often hinged on the hinged to the functionality of the hybrid cloud environment of the company and to how well the cloud applications and on-premise software are integrated. It is essential for enterprises to extend, build, and integrate apps quickly for gaining competitive advantage.
So, cloud alone is not the magic bullet, but pre-integrated platform as SAP HANA Cloud platform can offer the fastest route to success. For a better understanding and getting things on gear, you can reach Abacus Consulting and find yourself guided.