Introducing SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP)

Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Analyze SAP BTP as a component of intelligent, sustainable enterprise

An Introduction to SAP BTP

Business Introduction

In your company, you want to write custom code and modify SAP solutions. Modifications like in on-premise are not possible in the cloud, so you need to find a way to fulfill your needs. You want to integrate the SaaS solutions from SAP like SAP Concur, SAP SuccessFactors, and more into your SAP S/4HANA Cloud to end up with a fully integrated set of software solutions and business processes. In addition, you have third-party software that you want to integrate. Your company generates and collects a lot of data. This data must be managed and analyzed to get value from it.

SAP Business Technology Platform

What is SAP Business Technology Platform?
SAP Business Technology Platform is an open platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that delivers in-memory capabilities, core platform services, and unique services for building and extending intelligent, mobile-enabled cloud applications. The platform is designed to accelerate digital transformation by helping you quickly, easily, and economically develop the exact application you need – without investing in on-premise or cloud infrastructure.

The SAP BTP is the technological foundation of the intelligent, sustainable enterprise.

SAP BTP Overview

Based on open standards, SAP Business Technology Platform offers complete flexibility and control over your choice of clouds, frameworks, and applications.

SAP Business Technology Platform Deep Dive

At the infrastructure layer, SAP BTP consumes cloud infrastructure services such as compute, storage, and network either from one of the major hyperscalers (Amazon Web Services, Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure) in order to leverage hyperscaler economies of scale, or directly in SAP’s own data centers with hyperscaler-like infrastructure in order to leverage benefits such as built-in compliance or exclusive regional availability. The SAP BTP offers four functionality areas with lots of functions, services, and applications:

Application Development

The application development capabilities of the SAP BTP is a portfolio of solutions that help you simplify software development of your application extensions or custom applications. It offers functionalities for different levels of development experience and to increase the overall development productivity even with no code through no-code based solutions. For more information, see: https://www.sap.com/products/business-technology-platform/low-code.html

Automation

SAP Process Automation helps you innovate and adapt to change by making workflow management and task automation simpler and faster. The solution helps you build with simplicity by allowing business users to use intuitive no-code,drag-and-drop tools to create workflows and automate tasks. For more information, see: https://www.sap.com/products/technology-platform/process-automation.html

Integration

Our integration platform as a service (iPaaS) allows you to publish and connect processes and integrate data across your landscape and value chain. SAP Integration Suite helps streamline SAP and third-party solution integrations with thousands of prebuilt integrations, so you can take a systemic approach toward solving common integration challenges with a proven methodology. For more information, see: https://www.sap.com/products/integration.html

Data & Analytics

Data
Data solutions provide the ability to handle the growing amounts of data stored in multiple locations with controlled access for your entire organization to analyze and act on a single version of truth. Topics like SAP HANA or SAP Master Data Governance are part of this SAP BTP pillar.
Analytics
Empower your people to uncover and act on real-time insights with our AI-powered business intelligence (BI) and analytics tools. Analyze past and present situations - and simulate and prepare for the future.  The analytics capabilities of SAP BTP will meet your needs for business intelligence, business warehousing, or enterprise planning.
More information
See: https://www.sap.com/products/analytics.html

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence powers SAP Business Technology Platform changing the way we live and work by optimizing processes, maximizing resources, and igniting innovation with the right combination of AI.

For more information, see: https://www.sap.com/products/artificial-intelligence.html

If you want to know more about the SAP BTP in general, see https://www.sap.com/products/business-technology-platform.html

SAP BTP Commercials

Pay-As-You-Go

This commercial model lets you sign up to start using cloud services in your production environment with no upfront cost, no minimum usage requirements, and no financial commitments. Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) for SAP BTP helps you start small and grow without constraints. You can easily start with this commercial model through the SAP Store.

What does this mean?

  • Pay-As-You-Go for SAP BTP allows you to build applications in your production environment and pay only for what you use
  • You can start small, build productive apps, and convert to the Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreement once you have achieved predictable usage
  • Respond quickly to changing business needs with confidence by delivering productive applications and scaling them fast
  • With no minimum usage requirements, you can avoid over-provisioning
  • Access to free tier service plans to try out services without any costs within your productive environment
  • Available services for this commercial model: https://discovery-center.cloud.sap/protected/index.html#/viewServices/?licenseModel=payg&provider=all®ions=all
CPEA

Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreement (CPEA) is a commercial model that allows for the consumption of cloud credits based on actual usage. These cloud credits got paid upfront like a pre-paid model.

What does this mean?

  • Get access to all services available under CPEA and configure them in your global account with just one contract. This includes new features or innovations available after the contract signing date
  • Choose how to spend cloud credits and monitor real-time service usage to better understand project costs
  • Consume services based on project requirements, without having to change your contract, and only get charged for what is used
  • Access to free tier service plans to try out services without any costs within your productive environment
  • Available services for this commercial model: https://discovery-center.cloud.sap/protected/index.html#/viewServices/?licenseModel=cpea&provider=all®ions=all
Subscription

This commercial model lets you choose a fixed set of services for a fixed rate, regardless of actual consumption.

What does this mean?

  • The contract includes the exact services you can use in your project and will be provisioned in your global account for entitlements
  • The entitled cloud services can be used up to the limit of your purchased subscription. To use more, you can increase your license volume
  • You can add new services or modify your contract by contacting your SAP sales representative or visiting the SAP Store
  • You can optimize your cost by knowing exactly what you need, get higher discounts, and benefit from budget security throughout the contract period
  • Available services for this commercial model: https://discovery-center.cloud.sap/protected/index.html#/viewServices/?regions=all&provider=all&licenseModel=subscription

Free tier services in a nutshell

  • Each free tier service plan is limited by usage capacity on a monthly basis
  • Free tier service plans do not expire
  • You can consume free tier services for as long as your account is active, and you have not reached the service plan limits
  • If you have a PAYG/CPEA account, you automatically have access to the free tier service plans
  • Upgrade to a paid service plan through the SAP BTP cockpit – no technical migration required

Learn more about free tier services:

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