The cloud is a very broad concept, and it covers just about every possible sort of online service, but when businesses refer to cloud procurement, there are usually three models of cloud service under consideration, Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Each has its own intricacies and hybrid cloud models, but today we’re going to help you develop an understanding of the high-level differences between SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS.
SOFTWARE AS A SERVICE
In some ways, SaaS is very similar to the old thin-client model of software provision, where clients, in this case usually web browsers, provide the point of access to software running on servers. SaaS is the most familiar form of cloud service for consumers. SaaS moves the task of managing software and its deployment to third-party services. Among the most familiar SaaS applications for business are customer relationship management applications like Salesforce, productivity software suites like Google Apps, and storage solutions brothers like Box and Dropbox.
Use of SaaS applications tends to reduce the cost of software ownership by removing the need for technical staff to manage install, manage, and upgrade software, as well as reduce the cost of licensing software. SaaS applications are usually provided on a subscription model.
PLATFORM AS A SERVICE
PaaS functions at a lower level than SaaS, typically providing a platform on which software can be developed and deployed. PaaS providers abstract much of the work of dealing with servers and give clients an environment in which the operating system and server software, as well as the underlying server hardware and network infrastructure are taken care of, leaving users free to focus on the business side of scalability, and the application development of their product or service.
As with most cloud services, PaaS is built on top of virtualization technology. Businesses can requisition resources as they need them, scaling as demand grows, rather than investing in hardware with redundant resources.
Examples of PaaS providers include Heroku, Google App Engine, and Red Hat’s OpenShift.
INFRASTRUCTURE AS A SERVICE
Moving down the stack, we get to the fundamental building blocks for cloud services. IaaS is comprised of highly automated and scalable compute resources, complemented by cloud storage and network capability which can be self-provisioned, metered, and available on-demand.
IaaS providers offer these cloud servers and their associated resources via dashboard and/or API. IaaS clients have direct access to their servers and storage, just as they would with traditional servers but gain access to a much higher order of scalability. Users of IaaS can outsource and build a “virtual data center” in the cloud and have access to many of the same technologies and resource capabilities of a traditional data center without having to invest in capacity planning or the physical maintenance and management of it.
IaaS is the most flexible cloud computing model and allows for automated deployment of servers, processing power, storage, and networking. IaaS clients have true control over their infrastructure than users of PaaS or SaaS services. The main uses of IaaS include the actual development and deployment of PaaS, SaaS, and web-scale applications.
SAP HANA is an in-memory database produced and developed by SAP and available on multiple SAP platforms including SAP Business One. Without getting technical – HANA for SAP Business One is a high performance in-memory database. In memory databases allow faster processing – especially relevant if you are crunching through large data volumes. The HANA platform super charges your ability to analyse large data volumes in milliseconds. The good news for SAP Business One customers is that SAP has made this technology available for SME’s.
The benefits are substantial – quicker and better insight onto your data for faster, better decision making.
Due to the in memory nature of SAP HANA for SAP Business One the user can now slice and dice large volumes of data at record speed. But HANA is not only about fast computing – think of the real business benefits and options that this in-memory HANA application opens up for SAP Business One.
Big data – no problem – compare one month or ten year’s data with ease and speed.
Self-service business intelligence and analytics. SAP HANA allows technology like pervasive analytics, interactive analysis and SAP Lumira to create quick reporting without the need for IT or consulting to get involved. A user can create their own drag and drop style reporting.
An enabler for better and quicker decision making – quicker, better and more accessible reporting can help your team make better decisions.
Get real time insight – the in-memory technology behind SAP Business One HANA allows for analytical options previously thought impossible. Let’s demonstrate this with an example – the Cash Flow Forecast reporting which is offered as a standard SAP HANA offering (SAP B1) provides a real time analysis of cash flow – across tens of thousands of transactions. Now, a finance manager can add in additional transactions, re-configure the cash flow criteria and change the timelines to instantly get a visual picture of cash flow for this week, this month or the next six months. All of this in real time from a single report.
Reduce your reliance on IT and consulting – the interactive nature of the reporting tools in SAP Business One HANA allows users to create their own reports.
Additional SAP Business One HANA Features: SAP Business One on HANA has additional functionality only available in the HANA version of SAP Business One. These functions include:
- Enterprise search – the power of SAP HANA allows you to search the entire SAP Business One database for customers, suppliers, inventory items, documents and more. A wild card search across the entire database and potentially year’s of history.
- Analytics – pivot table type reporting pre-built into SAP Business One on HANA. Quick, ad hoc reporting in MS Excel with predefined, easy to use, drag and drop analytics. This feature makes it easy for customers to build their own reports.
- Pervasive Analytics – Pre-defined or “design your own” KPI’s and dashboards. Several standard KPI’s and dashboards are available. Alternatively, design your own reports using the KPI and dashboard designer. Once again SAP has made KPI and dashboard reporting easy by pre-defining datasets for the user. To create your KPI or dashboard, simply drag and drop your reporting measures you want into your report.
- Interactive Cash Flow Forecast, Delivery Schedule Management and Available to Promise Check. Super charge your decision making ability with pre-built SAP Business One HANA reporting. Cash Flow Forecasting allows the user to dynamically forecast cash flow with multiple criteria and timelines. Improve customer service with a quick and easy Available to Promise check by giving your customers immediate answers to that commonly asked question “when can I get delivery of the goods”. Achieve better on time in full delivery by re-scheduling and re-prioritising your deliveries using the Delivery Schedule Manager.
- Fiori style cockpit – a cockpit based on HTML5 with a great look and feel and options for:
Widgets – KPI based widgets (purchasing, sales, finance). For example receivables overdue.
Count widgets – for example “my open AP invoices” with drill down to source transaction.
Workbench – workflow made easy with user tailored workflow and drill down to related transactions.
KPI’s – standard KPI’s or build your own with pervasive analytics for HANA.
Dashboards – standard dashboards or build your own with pervasive analytics for HANA.
CRM, sales orders, service calls, stock availability, reporting… It can all be as mobile as your team is.
Forget separate, third-party apps that require expensive integration — you can do it all with a single, consolidated business management solution, with a very low cost of ownership. SAP Business One and Sage ERP X3 both come with proven iPhone, iPad and Android apps, at no extra cost. So your team can access sales, service, reporting and customer information, no matter where they are. On the road, working from home or in front of customers.
Mobility is a standard feature of both SAP Business One and Sage ERP X3. It’s not something you need to configure, not an add-on module. The iOS and Android apps integrate ‘out of the box’. Obviously this makes integration faster and simpler for us (and cheaper for you), but the real benefit is that SAP Business One and Sage ERP X3 are built to be mobile. It’s not an afterthought, so it actually works as it should. As you expect it to. No compromises and no frustrating limitations. Just the information your team needs, when they need it — no matter where they are. True mobility.
SAP Business One & Sage ERP X3 – iPad and iPhone Apps
Some key mobility benefits of the SAP Business One and Sage ERP X3 iPhone and iPad apps include:
- Alerts and approvals — Get alerts on specific events – such as deviations from approved discounts, prices, credit limits and targeted gross profits. Drill into the relevant content or metric before making your decision.
- Business partners — Add, edit and review information associated with business partners. Create new customers, suppliers and leads. View business partner related sales documents (sales quotation, sales order, sales opportunity).
- Inventory Control — Review unit pricing, “in stock” quantity and other stock related information.
- Price Lists — Review price lists available in your ERP system.
- Quotations and sales orders — Create and review quotations and sales orders including quotation / order status, expected delivery dates, discounts, logistics information and line item content.
- Service calls — View details of service contracts. Search for and view customer equipment cards by entering an item’s serial number. Handle a service call from picking up to closing, and track solution details.
- Sales opportunities — Review sales opportunities in the CRM, and drill down to business partner and contact person.
- Reporting and dashboards — Get access to reports and dashboards – KPI and related information helps you make faster decisions based on up-to-date information. You can use predefined reports or create your own – you decide.
- Intuitive & user-friendly — Do all of this with ease, with fast, user-friendly navigation and graphical data presentation.
- Multi-user — Your entire team can be using their iPhone/iPad/Android apps at once.
- Real-time — Changes you make on your mobile are immediately updated in the back-end, and vice-versa.
With Leverage Technologies, you get a business solution that works the way you do — all at a surprisingly low total cost of ownership.
Why BI (Business Intelligence) Is Important For Your Enterprise?
Business Intelligence is crucial for the growth of your enterprise. There are several advantages of BI solutions. Below, we will talk about five reasons of adopting BI that will contribute to future success. Basically, what is business intelligence?
BI refers to the ability to convert a company’s processes into invaluable data that is analyzed to deliver relevant information to customers at the right time and through the appropriate channel.
- Enhance productivity: Conventional business reporting methods are time consuming and demand contribution of several resources.BI tools can extract, analyse, and report data easily thus improving productivity of the workforce.
- Gain access to better insights: Huge volume of data generated from multiple sources poses a huge challenge to maintain a competitive edge. Choosing and implementing BI tools helps you collect, monitor, and analyze relevant data available at all times.
- Be well-informed and take better decisions: Wondering why many business ideas fail? A major attribute is critical decisions are not based on objective information. However, BI processes can monitor, analyze past and present business performances thus providing a strong platform to enable future decisions. Small businesses are also using BI processes to be well-informed and take better decisions.
- Achieve your goals: How often have you set specific goals for your enterprise, and ended up with a different outcome? BI helps you track information that is accessible by your customers and clients as well, if necessary. In this way, you can achieve your business objectives.
- Improve your ROI: Strategic awareness, reduced operating costs, quick reporting and analytics, as well as access to high-quality of customer insights are some of the positive influences of BI on an enterprise’s ROI.
Popular SAP Business Analytics Services
SAP Business Objects: SAP BusinessObjects Analytics is comprehensive business intelligence software. It is a simple integrated platform that unlocks the potential of data analytics to improve decision-making processes.
Leveraging analytics, this SAP solution helps enterprises gain competitive edge, drive innovation and provide better solutions to customers.
SAP Crystal Reports: These are easy-to-use BI reports that deliver key information to employees, customers, and clients in the desirable format. The business intelligence reports are created by integrating information from data visualizations, dashboards etc.
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