Are you looking to gain an edge over your competitors? Developing business applications is one of the biggest challenges for management, DevOps, database administrators and other enterprise stakeholders because of lengthy development cycles, ongoing maintenance and adoption-related challenges. However, it's also a key way to gain a strategic advantage in your industry. Fortunately, modern cloud technologies such as SAP S/4HANA enable your teams to develop business applications more efficiently.

SAP S/4HANA streamlines the business application development process

Streamlining the development process

SAP S/4HANA is engineered to cover all the core business processes of your enterprise. Development processes are simplified because the S/4HANA database stack was built to run on top of SAP HANA. This results in a simplified database stack, which enables higher data-entry speeds, advanced reporting and external hierarchies — restructuring, acquisitions, etc. — that can be changed anytime.

In the case of projects involving big data from Internet of Things systems, S/4HANA lets you pull data from other systems such as Vora or Hadoop so teams don't have to put the information into enterprise resource planning systems. The HANA platform also helps you get more from your existing infrastructure through multi-tenancy support.

Ease of use

One of the biggest challenges to developing business applications is finding technology that is usable by all key stakeholders. The SAP S/4HANA installation can be handled by your integration partner, so your developers can focus on growing your business. You also have full control over system deployment. SAP S/4HANA can run in the cloud, on-premises or via a hybrid approach, depending on your project requirements.

Keeping pace with future developments

Adapting to industry shifts is one of the biggest challenges for enterprise app developers. Software-as-a-service applications pose unique obstacles due to scalability and deployment logistics. While smaller businesses often have the luxury of using off-the-shelf software, enterprises need customization support. To address these issues, SAP S/4HANA provides two types of development systems: side-by-side application development and in-app extensibility. The former enables developers to create applications not limited to the HANA platform. The latter provides access to application internals, but the applications are limited to the HANA ecosystem.

The common thread with successful enterprise business applications is the ability to keep pace with change. Moving your applications to the cloud ensures your teams can quickly test new features without having to worry about modernizing code as time goes on.

Have you made the switch to S/4HANA yet? If so, have you experienced any other benefits when it comes to business application development? Let us know in the comments.

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