May 24, 2012 // By: Christiane Stagge
Nowadays, companies that want to use business applications no longer need a separate server room or an IT administrator. Everyday solutions and even office programs can now be operated through an Internet browser. The applications are hosted on external servers in data centers off company premises.
There are now even on-demand versions of SAP ERP, SAP CRM, and SAP BI. The advantage is that companies don’t have to invest in an expensive IT infrastructure. And they don’t have to worry about hosting or maintenance.
The on-demand applications meet all the common security standards and certificates, such as ISAE 3402 reports and ISO/IEC 27001.
Despite the move that SAP and many other companies are making toward on-demand software, we are still only at the first stages of cloud computing. This fact is clearly illustrated in the following SCN blog entry by Richard Hirsch. Hirsch analyzes the effects that cloud computing has on the Internet of Things and dares to predict what machine-to-machine communication could look like in the near future.
In this article, however, we’ll stick to SAP’s on-demand applications. On the following pages, we’ll take a look at: