How to Access the SAP BTP Cockpit
The SAP BTP cockpit is the central user interface for administering and managing your SAP BTP accounts as a platform user. To access the SAP BTP cockpit, you need to open a specific URL: https://cockpit.<Region>.hana.ondemand.com. You can replace the region with the one you are operating in (for example: eu10, us10, ap10) to have a lower response time and latency to the cockpit. After logging in with your user credentials, you might get prompted with a pop-up to choose the global account you want to access. Of course, you are able to switch between the global accounts as needed.
That business users need to access the SAP BTP cockpit is not required and not suitable normally. The business users get access by calling URLs that directly point to the capabilities and functionalities.
SAP BTP Cockpit: Account Explorer
After choosing the global account you want to access with the SAP BTP cockpit, you get forwarded to the Account Explorer. The Account Explorer displays all directories and subaccounts inside of the global account. From this point on, you can navigate into the subaccounts or directories by simply choosing them. The Account Explorer is not only for navigating between the subaccounts or directories – inside of the Account Explorer you can also create, delete, or move subaccounts or directories.
On the left hand side of the SAP BTP cockpit, you have the navigation to the other capabilities and administration functionalities like entitlement management, security settings, and more. This menu changes depending on the screen you are on. For example, when navigating into a subaccount, you see the subaccount related menu entries.
SAP BTP Cockpit: Subaccount Overview
After navigating into a specific subaccount, you land on the subaccount overview page. On this page, you can see the configured entitlements of the subacccount and a lot of other important identifiers and information, like the region and provider of the subaccount, the subdomain, the tenant ID, and the subaccount ID. These IDs are relevant for some scenarios like, for example, connecting a Cloud Connector or opening an incident in case of issues with the subaccount. Over the menu, you can navigate to the capabilities and settings of the subaccount like, for example, accessing the Service Markeplace to create instances and subscriptions from services inside of the subaccount. You can access the entitlements to change them and enhance the subaccount in this way.
When you want to manage a user's permissions and authorizations for the subaccount itself or for capabilities running inside of this subaccount, you can navigate to the Security area. You can also access the Usage Analytics to get some metrics and diagrams from the subaccount.
SAP BTP Cockpit: Service Marketplace
When you want to create a service instance or a service subscription, you can do that through the Service Marketplace. Inside of the Service Marketplace, you get everything displayed with details and descriptions of what you can use inside of your subaccount based on the entitlements you've set. When you click on a tile, you get more information about the service, links to documentation, and more. You can access instances and subscriptions you've already created through the menu entry Services → Instances and Subscriptions. There are also other ways to create instances and subscriptions including tools outside of the SAP BTP cockpit.
If you need more assistance in working with the SAP BTP cockpit, you can consult the official product documentation: https://help.sap.com/docs/BTP/65de2977205c403bbc107264b8eccf4b/8061ecc529d74465b2b9566a634943ec.html?locale=en-US
Alternatives to SAP BTP Cockpit
Working with the SAP BTP cockpit is the easiest way to manage and administer your SAP BTP accounts. Besides that, you can also use the btp CLI, a command line interface for managing the SAP BTP accounts or API calls.
When you want to manage the Kyma environment, you need to use the Kyma Dashboard, or you can use the Kubernetes command line tool: kubectl.
For managing the Cloud Foundry environment, you can use the SAP BTP Cockpit or the Cloud Foundry command line interface: cf cli.
To work with the ABAP environment, you need to use Kyma or Cloud Foundry and, on top of that, you could subscribe to the Web access for ABAP service to get an administrative SAP Fiori Launchpad for the ABAP environment.