Company’s latest cloud drive could prove ground-breaking for IoT, AI and PaaS spaces across the world especially in the APAC region.

SAP has expanded its cloud platform as a service (PaaS) as it targets a market expected to top $33.3bn by 2020.

The company has launched a revamped Cloud Platform to intelligently connect all things, people and businesses.

To support the expansion of its service, SAP has opened new data centres located in Japan and China with “full local language support”. The announcement was made at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

A SAP spokesperson told Data Economy that the data centres are located in Shanghai and Tokyo and both were built and are owned by SAP.

The company’s overall data centre portfolio includes 23 facilities worldwide for HEC, HCM, HCP, Ariba, SAP Cloud, Hybris, Field Glass and Concur applications.

The hubs, some still under construction, sit mostly in the US. Brazil, Canada, Japan, Australia and France are just some of the other locations.

The SAP Cloud Platform allows users to build applications, expedite the extension and integration of SAP apps, power Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios, accelerate big data projects and enable machine learning and artificial intelligence applications.

In addition to the launch of the APAC data centre, SAP announced it will launch Cloud Platform SDK for iOS, planned for release on March 30. The solution aims to give developers, designers and businesses the tools and scalability to build enterprise-grade apps for iPhone and iPad, based on SAP Cloud Platform and built in Swift, Apple’s programming language.

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