Access to SAP systems
Until some years ago, SAP made it possible for interested persons to access an SAP IDES system. Unfortunately, SAP later discontinued this service. This prompted the American provider idesaccess.com to enable even private persons to access the various types of SAP systems.
The first step is to register on its Web page, after which the user can select a system. The prices vary according to duration of use and support service response time. Payment is made through PayPal in U.S. dollars. To gain access to the system, one must first install the SAP GUI on one’s own PC. The systems run reliably and efficiently. Questions put to the support staff were answered quickly, according to Volker P., a user in Germany.
Those who would like to engage in ABAP application development can gain access, free of charge, to development platforms in the SAP Developer Center. These include the ABAP and Java stacks along with SAP HANA. The platforms contain no specialised modules, however. Included in addition to offline components are online components hosted at Amazon Web Services (AWS). This keeps installation costs to a minimum. There are, however, the costs incurred by using AWS.
Those who would like to test SAP ERP on HANA can obtain a 30-day test licence for this purpose at www.saphana.com.