23 April 2019

Run the SAP solutions you already use on Azure

Run your largest SAP HANA workloads on Azure. Handle transactions and analytics in-memory on a single data copy to accelerate your business processes, gain business intelligence and simplify your IT environment.

Advance to the Cloud and Beyond with SAP S/4HANA

SAP HANA on Azure offers:

On-demand M-series virtual machines certified for SAP HANA with scale up to 4 TB.
Purpose-built SAP HANA instances that scale up to 20 TB on a single node.
Scale out SAP HANA capabilities up to 60 TB.
A 99.99 per cent service-level agreement for large instances in a high-availability pair, and a 99.9 per cent SLA for a single SAP HANA large instance.

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Provide self-service visualisation for data in your SAP ERP Central Component (ECC), SAP Business Warehouse (BW) and S/4HANA using the SAP HANA and SAP BW connector in Power BI Desktop. Access tools and services that help you:

Copy data from SAP HANA into Azure data services using the Azure Data Factory connector for SAP HANA, SAP ECC and SAP BW.
Store data inexpensively using Azure Data Lake Storage.
Learn from your data using Azure Databricks and Azure Machine Learning service.

Explore the Real Advantages of a Public Cloud ERP with SAP S/4HANA Cloud

Discover how to integrate SAP application data with Azure, including guidance on Azure Data Factory and SAP, Power BI and SAP, Azure Analysis Services and SAP, Azure Data Catalog and SAP, and more.

Focus will be on the following areas:

  • Using Azure Data Services for Business Insights
  • SAP and Azure: Drivers for the data-driven enterprise
  • Azure and SAP Integration Architecture
  • Azure and SAP Integrations

SAP Analytics 2019 Strategy and Roadmap

You’ve known it for some time—all SAP NetWeaver landscapes will eventually migrate to SAP HANA and the cloud. But many things still need to work side by side until that journey is complete. How many S/4HANA systems will you need to deploy? How many short-lived S/4HANA systems will be needed for project purposes? This guide provides valuable tools and processes for successfully migrating your mission-critical SAP landscapes to the cloud.

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Download this white paper and learn how Azure makes it possible to:
Migrate your existing SAP systems running on all SAP supported databases.
Deploy S/4HANA systems on demand and pay only for active infrastructure usage.
Scale infrastructure of older NetWeaver systems as your processes move into S/4HANA.
Protect your data on all SAP supported databases, such as Oracle, SQL Server, or IBM DB/2.
Ensure high availability for your production SAP instances with support for SQL Server AlwaysOn, HANA System Replication (HSR) and Oracle Dataguard.

Migrating SAP Applications to Azure

As organizations shift from simply extracting and storing data to gaining valuable insights, SAP customers continue to benefit from end-to-end data and analytics capabilities that work together.

SAP offers complete data and analytics solutions that provide everything you need to help your organization make faster, more intelligent decisions. We’re excited to share more product innovation details that will help bring data and analytics even closer together for our customers in 2019.

Gartner recently recognized SAP as a leader in the January 2019 Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics for the seventh consecutive year. We see this position as supported by a strong multi-cloud strategy, multi-model data processing engines, and machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. The ability to process transactions and analytics on a single platform has given many organizations, including Asian Paints, information at their fingertips to better serve their customers.

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SAP is also positioned as a visionary in this year’s Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms. This is the first time a cloud-based analytics product from SAP has been included as the only SAP product in this Magic Quadrant. We’re enthusiastic for the cloud analytics momentum and wanted to provide a look ahead to some of our development priorities in 2019.


The shift from Data to Intelligence

Now in its fourth year of development, product use and adoption continue to rise as more customers take advantage of new capabilities and SAP business applications embed analytics functionality within their offerings to provide customers with automated insights, supporting our customers’ strategy to deliver an intelligent enterprise. The vision of SAP Analytics Cloud is clearly resonating, with SAP’s viability rated higher than any other customer group in the survey.

SAP’s strategy to bring all analytics together in one cloud-based platform for business intelligence (BI), enterprise planning, and augmented analytics is a clear market differentiator. SAP is investing heavily in its smart analytics capabilities and is positioned for where we believe Gartner anticipates the market is heading with augmented analytics. Enhancements in smart search help users find the right content, and algorithms guide data discovery and pattern detection with no data scientist required.

SAP’s business domain expertise for lines of business and industries is unmatched. This includes data models, stories, visualization, templates, agendas, and guidance on using data sources – all packaged with SAP Analytics Cloud. This pre-built content helps customers develop use cases and quickly realize value.

SAP’s strategy to support hybrid customer scenarios for cloud and on-premise analytics with SAP Analytics Hub, part of SAP Analytics Cloud, is an advantage for customers. SAP Analytics Hub offers a single point of access to all analytics content – be it SAP or non-SAP content – no matter where it resides.

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Quality, performance, and customer support are all continued areas of focus for the SAP Analytics Cloud team. SAP has recently added a quarterly product release cycle for SAP Analytics Cloud in addition to the two-week release cycles. This gives customers the choice of receiving new innovations with SAP Analytics Cloud at a pace that works best for their organization. You can find out about all the latest features and enhancements with the product updates for SAP Analytics Cloud.

Our Customer Success team supports customers in their adoption and use of the product. The team continues to expand its operations, helping companies around the world with dedicated support. Customers can meet the team and get started with the Welcome Guide.

Our customers’ feedback is a top priority for us and plays a decisive role in our planning. In 2019, we are also focusing on further modelling improvements, with enhancements coming in the Q1 2019 time frame, and other developments to continue improving the overall user experience of data modelling.

On the topic of data connections, we have recently added 100 data sources via the SAP Analytics Cloud agent, providing the same level of data connectivity SAP BusinessObjects customers have had for years. These enhancements complement recent investment made in significantly increasing data source connectivity for SAP Analytics Cloud customers. In addition to this, the team has enhanced connectivity to the trusted business data sources of SAP S/4HANA, SAP Business Warehouse, and SAP BusinessObjects. Learn more about data connections in SAP Analytics Cloud.

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We listened when our customers and partners asked us to provide more capabilities to embed and extend analytics. SAP Analytics Cloud is in the early stages of extending application programming interfaces (APIs) and also recently added APIs for SAP Analytics Cloud on the SAP API Business Hub, offering easier access to stories. Furthermore, SAP Analytics Cloud plans to include application design capabilities to further enhance this in the Q2 time frame. This functionality will allow developers and partners to build, embed, and extend their intelligent analytics applications, further supporting SAP’s customer strategy for the Intelligent Enterprise.

Azure Data Factory offers SAP HANA and Business Warehouse data integration

Azure Data Factory is a cloud-based data integration service that orchestrates and automates the movement and transformation of data, which support copying data from 25+ data stores on-premises and in the cloud easily and performantly. Today, we are excited to announce that Azure Data Factory newly enables loading data from SAP HANA and SAP Business Warehouse (BW) into various Azure data stores for advanced analytics and reporting, including Azure Blob, Azure Data Lake, Azure SQL DW, etc.

What’s new

SAP is one of the most widely-used enterprise software in the world. We hear you that it’s crucial for Microsoft to empower customers to integrate their existing SAP system with Azure to unblock business insights. Azure Data Factory start the SAP data integration support with SAP HANA and SAP BW, which are the most popular ones in the SAP stack used by enterprise customers.

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With this release, you can easily ingest data from the existing SAP HANA and SAP BW to Azure, so as to build your own intelligent solutions by leveraging Azure’s first-class information management services, big data stores, advanced analytics tools, and intelligence toolkits to transform data into intelligent action. More specifically:

The SAP HANA connector supports copying data from HANA information models (such as Analytic and Calculation views) as well as Row and Column tables using SQL queries. To establish the connectivity, you need to install the latest Data Management Gateway (version 2.8) and the SAP HANA ODBC driver. Refer to SAP HANA supported versions and installation on more details.
The SAP BW connector supports copying data from SAP Business Warehouse version 7.x InfoCubes and QueryCubes (including BEx queries) using MDX queries. To establish the connectivity, you need to install the latest Data Management Gateway (version 2.8) and the SAP NetWeaver library. Refer to SAP BW supported versions and installation on more details.

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Azure Data Services for Business Insights

Azure provides a number of data services ranging from cloud storage to SQL/NoSQL databases to big data, along with various services to process the data. In this whitepaper, we are going to introduce how various Azure services can help organizations discover, make sense, process and use the data to gain competitive advantage and better ROI. The organizational data may be stored in Azure data services, SAP technologies or other third-party services and it is critical to bring them together to realize business value.

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The Azure services described in this whitepaper such as Azure Data Catalog, Azure Data Factory, Azure Logic Apps, Azure Analysis Services and Power BI play an important role in extracting the raw data to enable intelligent data driven decision making process. A typical workflow involving Azure services is as follows:

  • Azure Data Catalog helps in data source discovery and in adding context to the data.
  • Azure Data Factory through automated workflows can bring together all the data into a single version of the truth by combining it from various sources. When paired with solutions such as Azure SQL/HDInsight/Spark, the insights from big data can be made consumable using other tools.
  • Azure Logic Apps can help develop workflows that work with Microsoft Business Applications and third-party data. Azure Functions, the serverless architecture for applications, can help in developing custom logic into the integration process.
  • Using Azure Analysis Services, users can develop complex models on top of the data. When coupled with Microsoft Power BI, a self-service visualization tool, semantic models on top of data from various sources can add efficiencies to the process.
  • Power BI can provide powerful visualization to gain insights including predictive and decision insights. These can also be made available through APIs for developers to build applications or integrate with other applications.

Even though these tools can work independently support the entire lifecycle of data flows as they traverse from raw data to intelligent insights and solutions.

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SAP on Azure: Drivers for the data-driven enterprise

Microsoft and SAP have been working together to make SAP products deeply integrated and certified on Azure, making SAP products first class citizens on Azure. This partnership helps enterprise customers have a more seamless experience developing applications that integrates data from Azure’s Data Services along with the data stored in SAP systems. With SAP on Azure, enterprises can use machine learning and artificial intelligence on data stored in mission-critical systems and other data sources without high operational costs as deeper integration leads to cost savings.

Why SAP on Azure?

As enterprises pursue their data driven transformation, they find value in leveraging data in various Azure data services along with SAP data. A typical data migration may involve exporting SAP data onto an excel spreadsheet and then moving the data to Power BI service to visualize the data to gain insights. Apart from the operational and cost efficiencies in this process, this also leads to data silos and missed opportunities. To streamline the process, customers can use SAP on Azure with SAP HANA certified on-demand virtual machines such as Azure M-series or purpose built SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances. They can also tap into various Azure data services to make the process efficient and remove any data silos. Azure provides a robust enterprise grade platform that offers agility and scale needed for integrating with SAP technologies along with security.

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Some benefits of running SAP applications on Azure are:

  • On-Demand and scalable: Azure provides compute resources on-demand with a pay per use model. Enterprises can scale the resources up and down based on their usage needs. Additionally, Azure also offers purpose-built HANA large instances that can support large memory implementations. 
  • Intelligent solutions: By taking advantage of Azure data services, analytics service and tools like Power BI, users gain insights from their data. 
  • Security and Compliance: Azure makes it easy to protect your data and solutions using encryption, Azure Security Center and Azure Active Directory, which provides single sign on across multiple services, both on-premises and cloud. With a variety of industry compliance and trust certifications, Azure provides a complete compliance solution. 
  • Global scale: Azure has the largest footprint of any cloud providers with 54 regions to support any scale, enabling organizations to optimize for the best user experience and to meet local data residency requirements. 
  • Enterprise-grade Resilience: Azure provides enterprise grade resilience with redundancy and geo-replication with 99.99% SLA. 
  • Lower TCO: Azure also provides for a 60% cost reduction when compared to traditional, on-premise storage systems. By using SAP technologies on Azure, customers can realize 40-75% TCO cost savings in Dev and Test environments.

Azure and SAP Integration Architecture

The following diagram gives a high-level architecture for running SAP and third-party data within the Azure data platform and Azure Analytics Services to build intelligent solutions.

Azure Data Platform combines the business operational data with streaming and analytics data:

  • To provide a data science service which data scientists, developers and other enterprise applications can use
  • An easy interface to access analyze, and visualize data to gain valuable insights
Whether it is about SAP applications or Azure Big Data services or Azure Analytics services or Azure Data Lake or external data sources, Azure makes it easy to manage the data and enforce policy and governance while providing developers with a seamless interface. With an easy extensibility of the data platform to bring together data from many sources and IoT Hub to collect data from various IoT devices, Azure is empowering customers to derive maximum value from their data.

We will go in depth about integration of SAP data with Azure’s data services and how customers can derive business value from these integrations.

Azure and SAP Integrations

For various Azure services:
1. Azure Data Factory and SAP
2. Power BI and SAP
3. Azure Analysis Services and SAP
4. Azure Data Catalog and SAP
5. Using iPaaS to integrate Microsoft Business Apps With SAP
6. Azure Active Directory and SAP

iPaaS: Bringing Microsoft Business Apps Workflows With SAP

Azure’s Integration Platform (iPaaS) offers an easy way to integrate Microsoft business applications with SAP technologies and other third party applications. Azure Logic Apps and other Azure services like Azure Functions and Azure Service Bus Messaging works together to provide this integration layer. Azure Logic Apps helps to implement and orchestrate visual workflows to leverage business processes using 100+ connections across different protocols, applications and systems running on Azure and on-premises. Azure Functions Service can then be tapped to bring custom logic, either as functions or Microservices, that is then leveraged by Azure Logic Apps. Azure Service Bus Messaging layer can then help decouple various steps in the integration process. If necessary, the API Management service can be used to handle http triggers.

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Azure Logic Apps also connects Office 365 and Dynamics 365 applications with other enterprise applications, SaaS applications, SAP technologies and other third party applications. This helps bring business data stored in Office 365 and Dynamics 365 to work along with other data sources, making it easy to derive critical business workflows.

Azure Logic Apps Connector to SAP

Azure Logic Apps is the cloud based iPaaS offering that helps organization connect disparate data sources including SaaS and enterprise applications. By offering many out of the box integrations, Logic Apps lets you seamlessly connect data, applications and devices across cloud and on-premises to develop complex business workflows.

Key Benefits

  • Simplify and implement complex, scalable integrations and workflows for enterprise applications on the cloud, on-premises and Office 365
  • Brings speed and scalability into the enterprise integration space, Logic Apps scale up and down based on demand
  • Easy user interface with designer
  • Powerful management tools to tame the complexity
  • Easy to automate EAI, B2B/EDI, and business processes
In this section, we will briefly discuss various integration that can help Azure Logic App work with SAP technologies. SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) connector allows Azure Logic Apps to connect to on-premises or cloud SAP resources from inside a logic app. The connector supports message or data integration to and from SAP NetWeaver-based systems through Intermediate Document (IDoc) or Business Application Programming Interface (BAPI) or Remote Function Call (RFC).

The connector allows following three operations:

  • Send to SAP: Send IDoc or call BAPI functions over tRFC in SAP systems.
  • Receive from SAP: Receive IDoc or BAPI function calls over tRFC from SAP systems.
  • Generate schemas: Generate schemas for the SAP artifacts for IDoc or BAPI or RFC.

More information about this you can find use these resources:

  • Azure Logic Apps documentation
  • Connectors for Azure Logic Apps
  • Connect to SAP systems from Azure Logic Apps

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Azure is the right cloud platform to meet the demands of such data-driven enterprises. With the wide variety of services available in the Azure portfolio, organizations can easily bring all the data sources together including data residing in systems such as SAP, analyze the data, author, build models, deliver it for consumption by developer through an API and visualize using powerful and easy to use tools.

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Whether it is data commercialization using a Data Science as a Service platform or building a powerful predictive or decision analytics platform, Azure’s diverse set of data and integration services such as Azure Data Catalog, Azure Data Factory, Azure Logic Apps, Azure Analysis Service and Power BI with its tight integration with SAP technologies, are well positioned to help enterprises in their data driven journey. Filly, Azure Active Directory provides the enterprise grade identity management and security that is critical for protecting valuable organizational data. This whitepaper has given you an overview on how these technologies can be used to gain useful insights or build intelligent applications in your journey to get the most value for your SAP data on Azure.

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