Transformation to Hybrid Landscapes

While the cloud provides access to functionality for easy consumption, customers often want to keep dedicated systems on-premise. SAP supports hybrid deployments, a combination of on-premise and cloud, to get the best of both worlds. However, this opens up questions on architectural best practices, integration options, security aspects, and how to operate the new environment.

In this course, you will get an overview of SAP’s cloud offerings and a deep dive into what hybrid means for integration, security, and operations, along with examples of SAP’s best practices and recommendations. We will also talk about transformation scenarios and the impact this has on your organization. Finally, we will provide some guidelines on how to start your own hybrid transformation journey.

This course was retired in October 2023.

Self-paced since August 13, 2015
Language: English

Course information


This course was retired in October 2023.

Course Summary

SAP’s clients are increasingly interested in adopting cloud solutions. The prediction from IDC is that more than 65% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud technologies before 2016. Companies that use SAP solutions can now choose between on-premise, cloud, and hybrid deployments – a combination of both on-premise and cloud. This freedom of choice allows companies to transform at their own pace, following their business priorities and markets, which can change at any time.

If you’re asking yourself questions like “how do I get there?”, “what does the hybrid deployment model mean for my security and operations teams?” and “how can I ensure sufficient integration between the different environments?” then this openSAP course is for you. The questions are highly company-specific, so there is no one correct answer to them all. However, the aim of this openSAP course is to give you an understanding for what running a hybrid landscape means for integration, security, and operations, and how you can start your own hybrid transformation journey.

Week 1 will provide you with an introduction to cloud and hybrid deployments.

Week 2 offers a deep dive into the topic of integration, where we will give you an overview of the different integration technologies before going on to compare them.

In week 3, we will talk about the security aspects you should consider in order to ensure that the data in your hybrid landscape is secure.

In week 4, the focus will be on operating the new environment. How do operative tasks change when you move from an on-premise environment to a hybrid landscape?

The course concludes with week 5 – the transformation. Here, the topics of adoption, organizational impact, strategy, and roadmap will be discussed.

Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: July 2, 2015, 09:00 UTC. (What does this mean?)
  • Duration: 5 weeks (3 - 4 hours per week)
  • Final exam: August 06 – 13, 2015
  • Record of Achievement: after successfully completing the weekly assignments and the final exam
  • Course language: English
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Course Content

  • Week 1: Introduction
  • Week 2: Best Practices for Integration
  • Week 3: Security
  • Week 4: Operations
  • Week 5: Transformation – Your Next Steps
  • Week 6: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • IT leaders and decision makers
  • IT architects
  • Technical consultants
  • SAP Basis and Operations teams
  • SAP employees

Course Requirements

  • Basic knowledge of the cloud paradigm and principles
  • Basic SAP skills

Development Systems

This course does not require access to a development system.

About the Instructors

Rob Glickman

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Rob Glickman is vice president of Marketing for Line of Business and Cloud Solutions at SAP, where he leads a team tasked with articulating SAP’s point of view of the business value of cloud computing, both internally within SAP as well as externally to customers, partners, and influencers.

Rob has close to 20 years of experience in marketing, ranging from lean startups to large enterprises.

Connect with Rob on LinkedIn

Stefan Klostermann

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Stefan Klostermann is global head of Operations Services.

He is responsible for the Operations Services portfolio, focusing on the SAP run phase from application lifecycle management (ALM) to application management services (AMS) for on-premise, cloud, and hybrid landscapes.

Ümit Özdurmus

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Ümit Özdurmus is the global head of SAP Security Practice, focusing on security services and customer engagements. He is responsible for end-to-end security services management, and acts as a driver and sponsor for thought leadership activities and publications.

Ümit is also an SAP Mentor and key contact for the security services organization. In this capacity, he is also a member of steering committees for new products and product releases.

Maik Schmalstich

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Maik Schmalstich is the global head of cloud transformation at Application & Technology Services.

With more than 12 years of experience at SAP, his focus is on advising SAP customers on the technological and architectural changes brought about by the cloud.

Maik also works as a program manager for innovation projects around social media and social network business and digital transformation.

Dr. Volker Stiehl

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Dr. Volker Stiehl is a chief product expert and member of the product management team for SAP Process Integration and SAP HANA Cloud Integration.

He is the author of the book “Process-Driven Applications with BPMN” and a regular speaker at various national and international conferences. Volker also lectures at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University, Mosbach.

About Further Content Experts

Petra Bernhoff

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Petra Bernhoff is a global program manager for cloud transformation at Application and Technology Services.

During her 8 years at SAP, she has guided customers in their virtualization and subsequent cloud adoption journey, and developed services and best practices to support a successful transformation to a hybrid landscape.

Petra has a strong knowledge of SAP’s cloud portfolio and provides recommendations on how the solutions can be run and operated in a hybrid SAP environment.

Erik Braun

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Erik Braun is a global program director in the Application and Technology Services team.

Erik has an extensive international consulting and program leadership background. Over the past 14 years, he has helped companies to become more efficient in their IT and Business processes. During his 5 years at SAP, he has lead the Global Architect program, helping architects to achieve a common framework of understanding, move into a cloud mindset, and support companies as they transform.

Erik designs and develops role-based curricula to guide companies on their journey towards a more productive and networked environment.

Janusz Smilek

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Janusz Smilek is a chief product expert and solution architect for integration rapid-deployment solutions and best practices, focusing on on-premise-to-cloud and cloud-to-cloud integration. In his current role, Janusz has worked on various integration scenarios for SAP Business Suite with SuccessFactors, SAP Business Suite with the Ariba Network, and other SAP cloud products.

Course contents

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  • Week 1:

  • Week 2:

    Best Practices for Integration
  • Week 3:

  • Week 4:

  • Week 5:

    Transformation – Your Next Steps
  • I Like, I Wish:

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  • Final Exam

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Course End
Aug 13, 2015
Course Start
Jul 02, 2015

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.