HEC: A stepping stone to SAP’s cloud offerings

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In an earlier blog post, we discussed the various cloud-based offerings of SAP. In this post, we take a closer look at HANA Enterprise Cloud, SAP’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering commonly known as HEC.

Six years into its launch, HEC has been a major success story for SAP.  HEC has seen adoption across all kinds of organizations: not only in terms of size, but also industry. Success stories have emerged from a variety of industries:  from automotive to retail to sports & entertainment. In many of these success stories, HEC is touted as a stepping stone for enterprises to move closer towards S/4 HANA.


With SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, the vendor of the software is entirely accountable and responsible for the performance and the outcome, and that is a tremendous benefit for the customer.

Sanjay Kulkarni, Global Head, SAP HEC Architecture & Advisory
SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud and the Path to Operational Efficiency

By adopting a lift & shift approach of moving currently-used SAP functionalities to the HEC, enterprises can prepare themselves for a long-term cloud roadmap. Once an organization moves their systems to HEC, a follow-up step would be to consolidate &optimize: to evaluate and eliminate any ERP customizations that have since become redundant. Making these optimizations not only reduces the organization’s total cost of ownership (TCO), but also enables greater agility. In the last phase, the organization can choose to build oradopt more advanced cloud solutions – either by utilizing the SAP Cloud Platform for custom development or leveraging SAP’s numerous SAAS offerings. Also available to the HEC-backed ERP would be the ability to utilize Leonardo, a new digital innovation system from SAP.  Leonardo brings to the table software and microservices & APIs to leverage emerging technologies: IoT, machine learning, blockchain, analytics, and Big Data.


 [Organizations] don’t have to spend time acquiring hardware or changing their infrastructure. We’ve got the ability to provision  any instances of HANA applications in a matter of weeks!

Greg Tomb, formerly SAP EVP, Global Services
Why should I use SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud?

For organizations looking to make a start with SAP’s cloud offering, the HEC is an offering that offers low risk and high speed-to-value, a compelling proposition for any enterprise.