SAP exists in this weird place where it’s a central backbone system for thousands of enterprises, connected and integrated to thousands of applications, yet its inner workings are mysterious to everyone but SAP insiders. As enterprises continue to move to cloud-based infrastructure, platforms, and SaaS solutions, the problem of making SAP data available where it’s needed continues to grow.
In the past, this problem felt almost intractable. As cloud grew, it felt like the natural meshing you’d expect between those services and SAP wasn’t happening. For the last few years, however, we’ve been seeing the dam burst. Hyperscalers, SaaS solutions, and smaller vendors have joined the fight to make legacy SAP data available.
We’ve got things
, and TONS
. The big players get it, both making sure they partner with SAP and making sure their ecosystems are welcoming to vendors who enable SAP connectivity. SAP itself
is also waking
up to the fact that they need to speak cloud - from infrastructure on up - and makes their features ready for their own cloud offerings as well as plugged-in to hyperscalers.
I’ve worked in small startups and large enterprises. I can see the incredible power of on-demand, scale-up/down, cloud-powered computing, and I can see the value of SAP’s immense data treasure trove. Getting them working together - finally! - is a key to the business tech future we’ve all been dreaming of. PM