Many organizations who rely on SAP are moving to cloud-based data centers. This is understandable. Cloud data is comparatively more secure, accessible, and flexible than physical servers. The problem is that SAP data is unique. What works for a standard migration may not be perfect for SAP. That’s where SAP HEC comes into play.

Historically, SAP cloud migrations have presented unique challenges not seen with other data. That’s because mapping legacy data to your ERP amidst your migration is a difficult but necessary task. 

SAP HEC is built to simplify this cumbersome process. So, let’s take a closer look at it and why it will help you optimize your SAP S/4HANA cloud platform.

What is SAP HEC?

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) is a private managed cloud service specifically designed for SAP S/4HANA. This service was launched in 2013 to simplify SAP S/4HANA cloud deployments. All cloud operations are managed by the HEC team, you don’t need to do anything.

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Features of SAP HEC

Managed Cloud Services From SAP

SAP takes care of your landscape architecture and runs your applications in their data centers. This is a big change from the old model, where you had to take care of your own landscape and set up all your own applications.

Multi-Cloud Support

SAP HEC supports multi-cloud strategies. That means businesses can use it on multiple data centers from various providers. This helps businesses grow their SAP cloud solutions worldwide and create new things with partners and customers. 

Secure Private Cloud

HEC stands out by offering full cloud infrastructure and services for apps, databases, and platforms that use in-memory storage. This makes it highly secure and more in line with the EU’s GDPR standards.

Different Consumption Models

A consumption model refers to the way in which a customer uses and pays for cloud services. You can choose your preferred consumption model with SAP HEC. SAP could take control of everything or you can maintain partial control. 

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Benefits of SAP HEC

Faster Cloud Deployments

SAP HEC is made to accelerate cloud migrations. It does this both with an optimized program and expert managed services. This makes it easier to migrate SAP environments instead of manually adjusting to them. 

High-Quality Managed Services

It’s not uncommon for businesses to outsource their cloud management. The US spends the most money on cloud computing, yet not every business has an in-house cloud expert. Working with HEC ensures that you not only get a cloud expert, but an expert on cloud computing with SAP. 

More Time for Your IT Team

With the HEC team managing your cloud infrastructure, your IT team doesn’t need to spend the time maintaining it themselves – or learning how to do it. This gives them more time to focus on other aspects of your business.


One of the cloud’s top benefits is scalability. This is no different for cloud environments running SAP. Your private cloud helps ensure that your SAP data can scale as your organization grows. It also improves your data’s accessibility across multiple business locations. 


RISE with SAP is also designed to help users simplify their private cloud environment. With two SAP services offering a similar benefit, what are the key differences?

InfrastructureSAP HEC is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) tool that enables companies to run SAP-based operations in a cloud-hosted environment.RISE with SAP operates as a Business Transformation as a Service (BTaaS), providing the functional tools and technical resources needed to help customers shift to SAP Cloud infrastructure.
MigrationSAP HEC allows businesses to migrate their entire on-premise SAP landscape to the cloud. It automatically brings all SAP data closer to standard code which saves time, resources, and money.RISE with SAP empowers businesses to easily and securely move their existing systems and data to the cloud independently.
TechnologiesSAP HEC lets businesses build smart applications on top of the SAP Cloud Platform using pre-defined services alongside intelligent technologies.RISE with SAP enables companies to leverage intelligent technologies such as AI, machine learning, and advanced analytics to drive innovation and gain a competitive edge in the market.
Business ValueSAP HEC provides visibility, lower total cost of ownership (TCO), and agility for businesses.RISE with SAP focuses on delivering better business outcomes, rather than just implementing new technology. It also offers access to SAP Community expertise and industry best practices.

Start Your ERP Journey off on The Right Foot With SAP HEC Consultants

With HEC, SAP provides managed cloud services. However, they won’t supply an SAP consultant who can help you implement and utilize SAP HEC itself. While they take care of the cloud computing aspect, you still need someone who can help you with the SAP part.

iT Services 2 (iT2) offers expert SAP consulting services that focus on finding you the right match. We are more interested in finding you the person who is the perfect cultural and technical fit, than we are in simply finding whoever is the fastest hire. That’s because we believe you’ll get more from your consultant if you can stick with the same one for a long time.

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