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SAP offers partners free access to cloud development tools

SAP has announced free access for SAP partners to the SAP Cloud Platform, offering them testing, demonstration and development licensing services. The open platform-as-a-service (PaaS) acts as a “single framework” for SAP partners to build and extend on existing SAP solutions, said the vendor.

Current SAP partners who have previously bought access, can renew their subscription to the core SAP Cloud Platform for up to 12 months at no charge. New SAP partners can subscribe to one of the options of the core SAP Cloud Platform. In both cases, SAP partners also have the choice of one additional service (with up to 64GB) provided by the SAP HANA business data platform for SAP Cloud Platform.

“SAP is committed to bringing its partners to the cloud and, as a result, making it easier for customers to bring their business to the cloud as well,” said Björn Goerke, chief technology officer and president, SAP Cloud Platform. “Now that over 3,700 SAP partners have joined our cloud strategy, the free resources will help them accelerate application development in a way that best fits their customer base.”

There are over 100 cloud-based solutions available to partners on the platform. Partners are able to sell the solutions they build there (via the SAP App Center) and join more than 1,100 partners with over 1,600 apps already doing so.