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Port of San Diego finds value in SAP cloud apps, but not HANA

Derek du Preez | May 16, 2013
Joy Hunter, senior business systems analyst, said that HANA was ‘too big’ for their business.

"An implementation of putting anything into SAP is going to cost you right around $150,000 - and we bought this solution for about $40,000. Maintenance is only about $1,200 quarterly," said Hunter.

Although, when asked if UPSD was considering implementing SAP's in-memory product HANA, a solution that is looking to underpin much of SAP's future product portfolio, Hunter said that the benefits didn't outweigh the costs for the agency.

"HANA - that's too big for our company. The cost is a bit too much for us. I think it's a great product, but because we are a public trust, for us to put that expense into something like HANA, is a little above what we would do right now," she said.

However, Hunter does believe that the future for UPSD could be completely in the cloud.

"I think potentially we could look at moving 100 percent to the cloud, so that we would no longer have to service or house our own servers. But right now we are evaluating whether or not it will really cost less to do," she said.

"We are looking at everything. Our motivation with human resources and employee self-service is to move to a more user-friendly interface, and we think cloud would be a good area for that."

Hunter also said that licensing in the cloud with SAP is a simpler proposition for UPSD, when compared to on-premise.

"It's simplified in the cloud. You pay per user a little differently and I think you can break it down a little easier," she said.

"With regard to the expense, If we only need a third of an on premise module, and we are going to pay that licensing fee, then we look at it and go: can we fit it in somewhere else?"

She added: "We have done that a lot with on-premise - where can we fit it in? We are doing this instead of trying to implement something new that we are not going to utilise completely. That changes with cloud."


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