SAP is streaming their emerging cloud strategy across multiple development platforms, one of the platforms is called "River," which is written to support lightweight extensions to its on-premises ERP software.
The first River-based application, Carbon Impact 5.0, is set to be released next month and will be running on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud.
River applications are meant to be light and easy to use with only a few dozen screens. SAP has done "a significant amount of work" on River in areas such as data security and authentication, " River will be opened up to partners "over time," as well as other infrastructure services, he said. "The first [application] is on Amazon, but the platform is designed to run on multiple clouds. Over time it will run on multiple clouds including our own."
Meanwhile, more complex ERP cloud applications will be based on the platform behind Business ByDesign, SAP's mid market on-demand ERP,
Although SAP builds out a portfolio of on-demand applications, its embrace of the cloud goes only so far for now. "While only 11% of respondents think of cloud as a short-term fad, an additional 72% need more convincing,"
“Technology's just not at a point where you can run a mission-critical application on a public cloud," said SAP's CTO Vishal Sikka