The managers of the IT area of ​​companies that seek the best solution in ERP always ask themselves a question: is it better to use a local solution, with the software installed from the internal server and its own IT infrastructure, or should opt for a solution in the cloud?

This is the big question: SAP en la cloud versus on premise . In the case of the cloud, this is the model in which the software is implemented and managed by means of cloud and users access it via the Internet.

It's not an easy question to answer quickly. For the majority of people, it is very comfortable to maintain your current configuration and the way you always use the systems. Perhaps, the general sensation is that everything is working well. But, have you ever asked your collaborators how software your day to day work?

Many are surprised to learn that there are problems not reported, a large part of them for not thinking well before choosing to use SAP en la cloud or SAP on premise .

To help you with this choice, we have prepared a complete content that shows how each model works.

How does SAP on premise ?

SAP on premise represents the usage model in which each company uses its equipment and hardware , generally placed in an exclusive space, to function as a data center and deal with all the information and data traffic of the application.

With this model, a major investment is needed to be able to count on the best teams that manage to satisfy the demand of each organization. But, in addition to the main servers, it is necessary to cost all the peripheral equipment for connecting to the servers.

All the attention of the company must be focused on the specific area, since any problem that arises must be solved as quickly as possible so that there is no risk of stopping the entire operation.

SAP on premise

These are the characteristics that distinguish the SAP on premise :

  •         Greater care to obtain security: in SAP on premise data security is in your hands. It is essential that you have security policies and procedures in place to protect your IT infrastructure against different threats, such as viruses and cyber attacks;
  •         IT team: if you don't have an internal IT team to manage the server, you should know that it is indispensable to control the entire data center ;
  • Data         backup having SAP on premise means that you have to take the trouble to back up your data manually and don't forget to try the backup solution regularly;
  •         Time of inactivity: Your company may suffer from this problem. Therefore, it must also have a team prepared to carry out the repairs, in addition to a support server.

How does SAP work in the cloud

on premise model , SAP in the cloud has a completely different function. With that, the system migrates data center . In this way, each company has access to all data via the internet, without worrying about having a high volume of expenses in the purchase of its own equipment.

Features of SAP en la cloud

These are the characteristics that distinguish the SAP model in the cloud:

  •         24-hour support: with the hiring of the SAP service in the cloud, you can be completely calm about the most technical questions. There is a 24-hour support team to solve any problem;
  •         Specialized team: when using the model on the cloud, your company automatically counts on a team of experts, ready to respond to all requests that arise, in addition to specializing in the area;
  •         I charge per user: with this way of using SAP, the value used to contract the solution is calculated based on the number of users using the system. This makes it easier to identify the inversion and also helps to save costs;
  •         Security: all the required certifications are already present in the data centers in the cloud, which guarantees the confidence of having total security when moving data.

How to choose the best: SAP en la cloud or SAP on premise?

To facilitate the work of choosing the model that you will use in your company, it is important to bear in mind all these characteristics that we have seen so far. But, in addition, it is important to compare the functioning of each one with respect to the following themes:


These two different models also require a completely different approach to management. In the cloud, the focus is on the ultimate goal of carrying out a complete migration without any problems. Therefore, the role of the company hired to carry out the work must be much more like a foreign exchange agent.

Therefore, when choosing an implementation partner, you must be very clear that you are aware of the challenges that may arise in your path and that you can offer the resources to overcome them.

investment volume

Do you prefer to see an IT solution as an internal asset, which received a high investment for its structure, or do you prefer a stable monthly cost?

In practice, you want to have your own solution to hire a team that performs management and control or counting on specialists available 24 hours a day, whenever you need them, or even when you don't need them. Perhaps a stable monthly cost, as the implementation of SAP in the cloud, is the most suitable for your company, since it provides access to the total support of a reliable provider, which will guarantee that the system is always up to date.

ease of use

Simplicity can help your company with the advantage of always being ahead of its competitors and the ability to adapt quickly when necessary.

It's up to you to keep your main solution as simple as possible by choosing the model that will allow you to have the greatest facilities. Aspects such as support and safety can become major headaches if you don't have an easy-to-adjust model.


The best practice for your ERP is to follow a regular schedule of updates for all major components of your SAP system. Allowing these updates to be ignored puts your company at risk of finding faulty errors in the system, in the database and also in the executable layers of SAP.

This could result in higher levels of system inactivity. In some cases, the lack of an update schedule can generate security vulnerabilities.

For all this, the SAP model in the cloud helps to carry out updates automatically, without worrying directly about the IT area. On the other hand, in the on premise , it is necessary to pay much attention to not losing anyone updating new and recommending the installation by those responsible for the technical area.

To be able to use the SAP application on the cloud, it is important to find the best tool to carry out this migration quickly and safely.

This solution is Auto.Sky ! Know all the details of the tool that allows you to migrate the SAP system to the cloud in an agile and safe way, without complexity, and providing you with everything you need for the proper functioning of the SAP system.

Written by

Sky.One Team

This content was produced by SkyOne's team of cloud and digital transformation experts.