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Why Move to the Cloud with a Hybrid Strategy

September 25, 2020

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Maarten Rikken Maarten Rikken
Maarten Rikken is a Senior Solutions and Product Marketing Specialist in the SAP Digital Strategy Team.

Cloud-based data solutions have clear benefits. Increased flexibility, effective collaboration, reduced costs, and the ability to scale are just a few of the advantages. The thing is, getting all the benefits of the cloud doesn't mean you have to give up on your existing on-premise investments.

A hybrid strategy is a "best of both worlds" approach that enables you to extend to the cloud while protecting your existing on-premise investments. SAP Data Warehouse Cloud and SAP HANA Cloud are both open solutions that will connect seamlessly to your current on-premise environment and extend it to the cloud.

Let's take a closer look at the benefits of adopting a hybrid strategy with SAP Data Warehouse Cloud and SAP HANA Cloud.

 

 

Why Extend with SAP HANA Cloud

Handle Expanding Volumes of Data and Lower Your Cost of Storage

SAP HANA Cloud's integrated data lake drives down the cost of data storage and analysis. Save your data in the data lake at a low cost. You can access the data remotely at any time. The data lake is built to handle any amount of data.

 

Easily Connect to All Data Sources

SAP HANA Cloud is a multi-cloud management solution offering streamlined access to all data, no matter the source, through a single gateway. SAP HANA Cloud comes out of the box with data provisioning agents to help you connect to multiple cloud sources and object stores. Smart Data Access (SDA) gives you real-time data access to all your on-premise and cloud systems through virtual tables while keeping costs under control.

 

Cost-Effective In-memory Storage

SAP HANA Cloud's data lake is just one way to lower storage costs. To optimize your current on-premise in-memory storage, you can offload workloads to SAP HANA Cloud for processing and virtualize the access to your data – all while keeping the data on-premise.

 

Scale Your Computing Power or Storage

When your company scales quickly, your data storage and computing power also need to scale. Quickly extend your on-premise productivity without having to invest in additional hardware. With SAP HANA Cloud, you can easily boost your storage capabilities and enhance your computing power whenever needed.

 

How Geberit Launched a New Hybrid Strategy with SAP HANA Cloud

Like many successful multi-national companies, data is critical to Geberit. To better gain insights from their data, the European leader in sanitary products deployed SAP HANA Cloud as the center of their new hybrid data strategy. With this solution, Geberit streamlined their landscape and eliminated the need for middleware tools. Now, they gain the single, federated point of access to real-time data needed to make timely business decisions.

 

“SAP HANA Cloud will be center for all reporting in our data landscape. It’s the single source of truth that connects all our data sources and gives us the insights we need.”

-Marius Reck, Head of IT Business Support Applications

 

 

 

Why Extend with SAP Data Warehouse Cloud

Empower Business Users and Increase the Impact of Your Work

Empower business users to connect, model, and visualize data themselves with SAP Data Warehouse Cloud. With an intuitive UI and the Business Layer, data is easy to model in SAP Data Warehouse Cloud using either SQL or a graphical drag-and-drop tool. Spaces provide an isolated environment where business users can model and blend global datasets with local data, like CSV files.

Federation and virtualization in SAP Data Warehouse Cloud allow business users to access the data they need without IT replicating and exporting it. It's easy for IT to jump in at any time to enhance a model for reuse throughout the organization —without having to rebuild the model in a different environment.

 

Respond to Business Users Faster

Balance secure central governance, on the fly change requests, and business user empowerment with SAP Data Warehouse Cloud's Spaces. Spaces are isolated environments that allow business users to explore data. In Space Management, IT can set up and quickly adjust each Space's data connections, user access, and computing/storage quotas. While each Space is isolated, the data remains centrally governed and connected in real-time to the organization's underlying data. Business users are empowered in their Space to establish connections to new data sources, upload local files, and model data before sharing insights in real-time with other users without affecting the integrity of the underlying data.

 

Single Point of Access to All Your Data

Without a data warehouse, it's hard to ensure data quality, and as the volume and number of data sources grow, the complexity of your data environment can hinder performance and analytics. With SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, IT can consolidate data and leverage ETL/ELT services like pipelining or data transformation to create a robust, high-performing data layer.

IT or business users can then define data access by creating and governing complex data models. At the same time, SAP Data Warehouse Cloud's Business Layer maps business concepts to the underlying data so more business users can understand and model data themselves.

 

Mitigate the Threat of Shadow IT

SAP Data Warehouse Cloud is a complete end-to-end solution that takes care of all your employees' data needs, from integration to modeling and analytics, to minimize the need for ad-hoc solutions. It's also open to connect any third-party tools your employees use and then govern them centrally. No matter the employee's role or department, SAP Data Warehouse Cloud helps you define clear authorizations and assign user roles. Spaces provide IT with company-wide visibility and governance over any data sources and connections

 

 

Porsche Extends SAP BW/4HANA to the Cloud with SAP Data Warehouse Cloud

Porsche sought to bring digital transformation to more of its employees. Porsche already had several systems in place, including both SAP systems (such as SAP BW/4HANA and SAP ERP) and non-SAP systems. With all these systems in place, they didn’t want to add more to the mix. Instead, what they needed was a single virtual layer to connect all these systems and optimize the flow of data. Additionally, all of this would need to happen in a governed environment to prevent any errors.

Extending SAP BW/4HANA to the cloud with SAP Data Warehouse Cloud accomplished all this and more for Porsche.

 

“We needed a solution that would bring together all our existing systems and ensure that the right end-users could easily access the data they needed. SAP Data Warehouse Cloud was the perfect solution to transform our data architecture without a heavy investment.”

– Markus Hartmann, IT Project Management Lead at Porsche

 

 

Start Small, Scale Big

 

Every organization's journey to the cloud is different. Whether the goal is to empower business users or create a single source of truth, SAP HANA Cloud and SAP Data Warehouse Cloud offer the necessary flexibility.

SAP HANA Cloud and SAP Data Warehouse Cloud require no upfront investment, and SAP handles management and maintenance. The flexibility to start small and scale up over time means there's no risk in trying several pilot projects to assess your needs. From there, you can go forward with a long-term hybrid solution with all the benefits of the cloud and on-premise or make a full transition to the cloud. The choice is yours.