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Jun062018

SAP Cloud Platform on GCP Hits GA, New Android SDK for SAP Cloud Platform Plus Announced

At SAPPHIRE this week, Google is announcing a number of critical updates and features with SAP that include the integration of Google Cloud with the best of SAP’s enterprise applications that begin with the introduction “Data Custodian” model that offer more visibility and control over how a data is handled when stored on Google Cloud Platform.

SAP’s Data Custodian is generally available now provide insight into where a customer’s data is stored in the cloud by using Google Cloud Access Transparency and other capabilities. It also offer insights on when and where the data is being moved, processed and accessed.

Google also just yesterday announced a new G Suite integration that will let export data from SAP into Google Sheets to help them discover additional insights from their ERP content. Data can be export from the SAP GUI (used by ECC 6.0) directly into Sheets.

Additionally, Google is also showcasing how machine learning (ML) is helps to search images within SAP’s Product Information Network solution making it faster and easier for retailers to procure products from suppliers.

Assortment planning is another area of collaboration with SAP. Together, we’re looking at ways to create a unified decision-making platform by augmenting SAP’s existing assortment planning solution with insights from Google that are based on aggregated search and shopping trends by product category.

Also, as part of assortment planning, Google is demonstrating how the data from “Shopping Product Suggestions” report in Google Merchant Center which shows popular products and reference pricing could be incorporated directly into SAP’s MAP solution.

In addition to these efforts, a number of other critical updates and announcements were made at SAPPHIRE:

Managed service offerings for SAP, including larger SAP HANA instances on Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

4TB VMs are now certified for SAP HANA and are immediately available at a low cost so customers gets on-demand flexibility. “4TB VMs are now certified for HANA OLTP and OLAP workloads, with 2TB and 1TB VMs certified for HANA will also available in coming months.”

SAP Cloud Platform on GCP is now generally available to selected regions initially and will be expanded later as per customers feedback. Along side this release, also available now is the “SAP Cloud Platform SAP HANA service,” a managed database-as-a-service for developers to be deployed via SAP Cloud Platform.

With SAP Cloud Platform on GCP, Google is also giving Android developers an early access of a robust new toolset “Android SDK for SAP Cloud Platform,” that will help them create native mobile applications directly in Android Studio.

Google is also making available a new plug-in for Android Studio, called “SAP SDK Wizard” that offers a complete reference UI based on SAP Fiori for Android, along with necessary wiring to connect Android apps to customers’ system of record.

Androi SDK for SAP

This new SDK for SAP closely align SAP’s design patterns with Material Design through the Fiori Design Language for Android to enterprise Android developers, said Google. Also, “this collaboration ensures key Android enterprise features, like “managed configurations (app restrictions), and management features, like work profile, and security tools like SafetyNet” work well with Android apps built with SAP Cloud Platform SDK,” Google added.

The first app to use the new SDK is SAP Asset Manager for Android, which is being previewed at the SAPPHIRE NOW conference this week. Also, back in April, SAP released Android support for its micro app development feature SAP Mobile Cards, which makes it easy for users to find information at a glance and perform key tasks on the go.

An image of SDK right inside Android Studio:

Android SDK for SAP inside Android Studio

SAP Cloud Appliance Library, which helps kick-start projects via a library of SAP business solutions will be getting additional 80 solutions for a quick spin up pre-configured SAP applications on GCP.

That’s not all, more about best practices integrating SAP applications with GCP will be shared next week during the Google Cloud Next. Here’s a sneak peek of up coming sessions:

  • Integrating SAP HANA with Google Cloud Platform—will guide you through hands-on labs which will help you deploy SAP HANA on GCP and build integrated solutions with GCP services.
  • Best Practices for SAP Deployments in GCP—review reference architectures and share best practices for implementing SAP solutions on GCP.
  • Lift and Modernize your SAP ECC to SAP Business Suite on HANA and Google Cloud—Migrating SAP ECC applications to the cloud lets you simultaneously modernize your underlying databases and switch to SAP HANA DB. This session will present a simplified approach regardless of how big, data-rich or active the database is.
  • Digitize and Automate Vendor Invoice Management by Harnessing Google Machine Learning—Manually processing invoices is a time-consuming and error-prone process. Using SAP and Google Machine Learning technologies, customers can implement automated invoice processing in their SAP system landscape.

You can check out full list of SAP services available on Google Cloud here, along with new services launched this week at SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando here.

Upate 07/08: Earlier in day, Google released a set of artificial intelligence (AI) principles designed to provide clarity about the use of Google AI technology and as part of that the company announced that “Google, including Google Cloud, will not support the use of AI for weaponized systems.”

“While this means that we will not pursue certain types of government contracts,” Google stated, adding, “We want to assure our customers and partners that we are still doing everything we can within these guidelines to support our government, the military and our veterans.” For example, “we will continue to work with government organizations on cybersecurity, productivity tools, healthcare, and other forms of cloud initiatives.”

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