​SAP launches S/4HANA on-premise trial via Amazon Web Services

SAP is wooing on-premise S/4HANA prospects with a 30-day trial via AWS instances.

SAP on Tuesday outlined a 30-day trial for the on-premise version of its S/4HANA suite, but you have to be an Amazon Web Services customer first.

Like most large enterprise software vendors, SAP is transitioning away from licenses to cloud deployments. Nevertheless, S/4HANA needs to woo SAP's core base of customers, which largely falls into the on-premise category with a dash of cloud. S/4HANA already has a 14-day cloud edition trial in the field.

In addition, SAP needs customers to give S/4HANA a spin so it can entice them to upgrade to a new user experience and the HANA platform. Enter the 30-day trial, which outlines the business process workflow and Fiori interface.

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The company said in its second quarter earnings report that it had more than 900 customers of S/4HANA by the end of June compared to 370 at the end of the first three months of the year. S/4HANA is seen as a way to grow SAP's HANA customer base of 7,200.

SAP is also providing deployment scenarios in cloud, on-premise and hybrid modes. SAP is trying to make its software easier to consume via a service called Activate.

As for the on-premise trial, SAP said in a guide that customers have to have their own Amazon Web Services account and the security credential. Customers who give the trial a spin will pay for AWS instances as well as data transfer and storage costs. Here's an example from SAP's guide.