Introducing SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP)

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After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Introduce SAP BTP

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 SAP SaaS solutions 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 which 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.

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 microservices 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 infrastructure.

The SAP BTP is the technological base of the Intelligent, Sustainable Enterprise.

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 is used for three main scenarios in scope of the Intelligent, Sustainable Enterprise:

Integration

Complex IT landscapes include on-premise and cloud systems, SaaS applications and hyperscaler technology from SAP and third parties will be used in modern and digital enterprise.

Integration is essential to enhance business operations across the entire value chain by connecting all systems and business processes seamlessly. As a result good integration will be key to a good IT landscape.

Data to Value

It's essential that organizations have a consolidated view across all their data assets and are able to achieve insight and make real time decisions, especially during times of rapid change. Good data quality and data handling is very important because the increasing amount of data will be the currency of the future. Good data quality and good technologies to work with that data is the key for a flexible and scalable business of tomorrow. To get value from your data, you must analyze and interpret it, not just collect it.

Extensibility

Companies need to stay agile and adapt rapidly to new business conditions and changing customer demands. Extensibility allows companies to build and enhance all their application investments to meet their customer's dynamic needs and provide continual value. You can deliver new features agile and fast with SAP BTP as the underlying platform.

You can use services like feature flags, continuous delivery or cloud transportation management. You have the choice of the runtime you want to use. Caused by the rising amount of cloud solutions in IT landscapes you need to think about extensibility and not thinking in modifications like in the old on-premise world.

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 four public cloud service providers called 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 build-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

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 pre-built 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 the truth. Topics like SAP HANA or SAP Master Data Government are part of this BTP section.
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.

SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation
Integrate robotic process automation, machine learning, and conversational AI to reduce manual activities, respond to customer needs proactively, and make smarter decisions.
SAP Conversational AI
Deliver exceptional customer and employee experiences by managing business tasks effectively with chatbots and an advanced bot-building platform.
SAP AI Business Services
Automate business processes, make them smarter, and enrich the customer experience by using AI business services from SAP to kick-start your journey.

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

If you as a company plan to use the SAP BTP you have to choose the right licensing for your needs. You can select one of three. To get a contract use the SAP Store or contact your SAP sales representative. SAP provides three commercial models: PAYG, CPEA, and Subscription. These models represent an increasing commitment to SAP BTP services, ranging from limited commitment for PAYG to high commitment with Subscription.

We reward increased commitment to SAP BTP services with the potential for increasingly compelling prices and discount possibilities.

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 for BTP helps you start small and grow without constraints.

What does this mean?

  • Pay-As-You-Go for 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 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.

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 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

SAP BTP Free Tier Services

Trying out SAP BTP capabilities is easier than ever. With free tier service plans, you can experiment with BTP and gain hands-on development experience. If you are completely new to SAP BTP and not sure where to start, check out the free tier missions in SAP Discovery Center and realize the use case you are most interested in. Thanks to step-by-step guidance and expert support, you can experience the platform and see how it supports you in solving your business challenges.

But that’s not all. If you already have a PAYG or CPEA account, you can also use the free tier service plans to test out new capabilities in your existing development projects. Or use them to create POCs for new requirements. The possibilities are endless.

The best part is that you can easily upgrade to a paid service plan and go productive with just the click of a button. You don’t have to rebuild everything from scratch, no work is lost. For all questions regarding licensing or free tier services use the help functions of the SAP Store or or contact your SAP sales representative.

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

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