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Norbert Kytka, Headquarters PlattlingContact
Traditionally, introducing new IT solutions in your business would mean expensive new hardware and software. These entail high investments, long decision processes and lengthy implementation phases. These problems can be avoided with cloud computing, which gives you an existing IT infrastructure to build on, usually made available over a network by a cloud provider. Instead of working on a local computer, you access storage space, computing power and applications through this network.
We can distinguish between three different cloud computing service models. In reality, these are often used in combination, adapted to the user’s needs. With the Software as a Service (SaaS) model, the SaaS service provider makes specific software programs available from their IT infrastructure. By contrast, users of the Platform as a Service (PaaS) model can develop their own applications in the Cloud provider’s software environment, using the programming and runtime environments provided on the platform. Finally, the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model provides virtual computer hardware such as computing or storage capacity, which the user can access over the network.
The Cloud makes local software and hardware obsolete, while significantly increasing the choice of services. The result: businesses can save costs. What’s more, the fixed costs of IT infrastructure become variable costs, meaning that cloud solutions are very lucrative, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. Furthermore, cloud computing means that maintenance tasks such as software updates are outsourced to the cloud provider. The user is guaranteed access to the latest version of the application at all times, without extra effort. Secure company data in the Cloud means that employees can access company files from any device and regardless of where they are. Cloud computing with SAP:
HR solutions with SAP SuccessFactors, the SAP S/4HANA Cloud, a Cloud-based ERP solution, the SAP Analytics Cloud. SAP also has its own SAP Cloud platform, which it offers as a service solution. Businesses can use just the functions they need, with either a subscription-based or a usage-based model. You no longer need costly hardware or software solutions, just a web browser.