In an SAP context, that stable core is provided by the new business suite S/4HANA. To be able to flexibly develop new web applications on top of the digital core, to extend existing applications and to integrate them into the ERP core of a company, SAP has launched its Platform-as-a-Service offering: HANA Cloud Platform (HCP): a single development platform that combines the old with the new, SAP with third-party applications… New instances can be created easily without impacting other applications, and multiple services can be activated for which today, in many cases, companies still need to invest in on-premise solutions. Examples are a cloud solution to print Adobe forms or a server to run Fiori apps that is delivered as a service in HCP. Furthermore, HCP also gives users access to all the benefits of SAP’s HANA database.
Last but not least, HCP offers several micro-services that help to build new applications more rapidly. Examples of these include the gamification service which allows, for example, users to be graded according to the speed at which they approve purchase orders, the translation hub that translates entire applications into a multitude of languages in one go, and IoT services for easy collection of sensor data. Besides these, users can also opt in for SAP-built Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications on the platform, such as BO cloud.