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What is SAP BTP?

SAP BTP stands for Business Technology Platform. It’s a strategic cloud service that combines data and analytics, automation, integration, AI, automation and app development into a unified environment for producing SAP Applications and business accelerators. Simply put, it’s a platform for enterprises to become intelligent and sustainable via the adoption of cloud-based apps to streamline operations, enhance decision-making, and drive innovation.

App development, integration, automation, AI and data & analytics are the five pillars which make up SAP BTP. These were chosen as the five underpinning pillars of the platform as they make up the basis of a comprehensive digital solution, enabling businesses to innovate, streamline operations, and make data-driven decisions in the modern digital landscape. Here's why each of these pillars was chosen:

The 5 Pillars of SAP BTP

App Development

Building custom applications tailored to specific business needs is essential for organisations to stay competitive and address unique challenges. It enables businesses to create user-friendly and scalable applications that streamline processes, enhance customer experiences, and drive innovation.

Integration

Modern businesses operate in complex ecosystems with diverse applications and systems. Seamless integration is vital for data flow and process coordination across the entire enterprise landscape. It facilitates interoperability between different software and systems, ensuring real-time data exchange and a cohesive IT environment.

Automation

Automation reduces manual effort, increases efficiency, and minimises errors. This is crucial for repetitive and time-consuming tasks, allowing human resources to focus on more strategic activities. It enhances productivity, accelerates business processes, and reduces operational costs by automating routine tasks and workflows.

Artificial Intelligence

AI technologies offer advanced capabilities for data analysis, prediction, and decision-making. Incorporating AI into business processes enables organizations to gain valuable insights and make data-driven decisions. It enhances business intelligence, enables predictive analytics, and supports the development of intelligent applications that can learn and adapt over time.

Data & Analytics

Data is a valuable asset for businesses, and effective analytics provide actionable insights. Businesses need tools to collect, store, process, and analyse data for informed decision-making. It empowers organizations to harness the full potential of their data, driving strategic decision-making, uncovering trends, and supporting business growth.

App Development

Building custom applications tailored to specific business needs is essential for organisations to stay competitive and address unique challenges. It enables businesses to create user-friendly and scalable applications that streamline processes, enhance customer experiences, and drive innovation.

Integration

Modern businesses operate in complex ecosystems with diverse applications and systems. Seamless integration is vital for data flow and process coordination across the entire enterprise landscape. It facilitates interoperability between different software and systems, ensuring real-time data exchange and a cohesive IT environment.

Automation

Automation reduces manual effort, increases efficiency, and minimises errors. This is crucial for repetitive and time-consuming tasks, allowing human resources to focus on more strategic activities. It enhances productivity, accelerates business processes, and reduces operational costs by automating routine tasks and workflows.

Artificial Intelligence

AI technologies offer advanced capabilities for data analysis, prediction, and decision-making. Incorporating AI into business processes enables organizations to gain valuable insights and make data-driven decisions. It enhances business intelligence, enables predictive analytics, and supports the development of intelligent applications that can learn and adapt over time.

Data & Analytics

Data is a valuable asset for businesses, and effective analytics provide actionable insights. Businesses need tools to collect, store, process, and analyse data for informed decision-making. It empowers organizations to harness the full potential of their data, driving strategic decision-making, uncovering trends, and supporting business growth.

SAP BTP Major Services

1. SAP HANA Database

At the core of SAP BTP lies SAP HANA Database, a high-performance, in-memory database that enables real-time processing and analysis of large volumes of data.

2. SAP Integration Suite

SAP Integration Suite facilitates seamless integration between different systems, applications, and data sources. It enables organisations to connect their on-premises and cloud-based solutions, ensuring smooth data flow and interoperability.

3. SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud empowers businesses with advanced analytics and visualisation capabilities. It allows users to gain insights from their data, uncover trends, and make data-driven decisions to drive business growth and competitiveness.

4. SAP Business Application Studio

SAP Business Application Studio is a collaborative development environment that enables developers to build, extend, and customise applications on SAP BTP. It provides a rich set of tools and capabilities for rapid application development and deployment.

5. SAP Build Process Automation

SAP Build Process Automation automates repetitive and manual tasks, allowing organisations to improve efficiency, reduce errors, and free up resources for more strategic activities.

6. SAP Workzone

SAP Workzone functions as the central entry point for SAP BTP. It provides a centralized hub for accessing business applications, documents, and communication tools, enabling streamlined processes when accessing and navigating between multiple applications.

Benefits of SAP BTP

INNOVATION BEFORE COMPETITORS

The past few years have shown that customer requirements can change rapidly. Innovating before competitors gives companies a huge advantage. Quickly adapting to customer needs often leads to quicker adoption of products or services. The SAP BTP facilitates innovation at pace so businesses can keep up with an ever-changing market.

RUN IN UNCERTAINTY

As we have discovered, change is the only constant in business so it’s essential to have agility and continuity to run in times of uncertainty. BTP is a hosted cloud platform, meaning even if you go down, BTP does not. BTP keeps businesses running permanently.

COST SAVING CHAMPION

Cost-saving pressures are only rising for businesses currently. By leveraging BTP and cloud services, companies can relieve some of this pressure and save huge overheads on incumbent on-premises SAP solutions.

PIVOT AT MARKET SPEED

Adapt and pivot with a dynamic market. SAP BTP offers agility and innovation that matches the market's external needs. This allows businesses to excel in a digital-first world.

GROW WITH MULTI-CLOUD OPENNESS

Multi-cloud openness creates great flexibility around deployment as well as adapting and tailoring solutions to customer and company needs. SAP BTP facilitates growth through innovation and customer-centric thinking deployed in a cloud format.

SAP BTP USE CASES

The Business Technology platform is huge by its very nature. As a strategic platform that unifies all of SAP’s best tools in one place, pinpointing any one use case is not an easy thing to do. It is the kid in the sweet shop scenario for any SAP professional. That said, the following three use cases stand out as great jumping-on points, proving high value at low risk.

Data Integration and Analytics

Organisations can use SAP BTP to integrate data from various sources, both internal and external, into a unified platform. By leveraging SAP BTP's data integration capabilities, businesses can streamline data pipelines, cleanse and harmonise data, and perform advanced analytics to gain untapped insights. This use case is particularly beneficial for organisations looking to make data-driven decisions and optimise their business processes.

Application Development and Extension

SAP BTP provides a comprehensive set of tools and services for building, extending, and customising applications. Developers (of high and low experience) can use SAP BTP's development environment to create new applications from scratch or extend existing SAP solutions to meet specific business requirements. With support for various programming languages and frameworks, as well as cloud-native development principles, SAP BTP enables rapid application development and deployment.

Intelligent Automation and Build Process Automation

SAP BTP creates automation opportunities via the use of build process automation (BPA), to automate repetitive tasks and streamline business processes. Organisations can use SAP BTP's automation services to automate manual processes, such as data entry, reconciliation, and report generation, freeing up employees to focus on more strategic and value-added activities. This use case is particularly relevant for organisations looking to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs. For more information on this in action, see our case study on warehouse automation solutions.

SAP BTP FAQS

SAP BTP stands for Business Technology Platform. It’s a Partner Managed Cloud service that combines planning, data and analytics, integration, AI, automation and app development into a unified environment for SAP Applications. Simply put, it’s a platform for enterprises to become intelligent and sustainable via cloud-based apps.

Services found on the Business Technology Platform are designed to be used across the breadth and width of business processes in any area. This includes Finance, CRM, HR, Project Management, Procurement, Supply Chain Management and more.

The services found on the SAP BTP help businesses to automate processes, and improve the analytical capabilities of data and how it is stored. On a strategic level, this helps an organisation to become an intelligent enterprise and operate in its field with greater agility.

Our pre-packaged content on the BTP has a range of uses that encompass these areas and beyond with Support Management programs, HR experience applications, data health and duplicate checking reports, Partner onboarding experience and visitor and staff tracking solutions. More information on these can be found on our Cloud Suite page.

App development, integration, automation, AI and data & analytics are the five pillars which make up SAP BTP. These were chosen as the five underpinning pillars of the platform as they make up the basis of a comprehensive digital solution, enabling businesses to innovate, streamline operations, and make data-driven decisions in the modern digital landscape. Here's why each of these pillars was chosen:

App Development:
Building custom applications tailored to specific business needs is essential for organisations to stay competitive and address unique challenges. It enables businesses to create user-friendly and scalable applications that streamline processes, enhance customer experiences, and drive innovation.

Integration:
Modern businesses operate in complex ecosystems with diverse applications and systems. Seamless integration is vital for data flow and process coordination across the entire enterprise landscape. It facilitates interoperability between different software and systems, ensuring real-time data exchange and a cohesive IT environment.

Automation:
Automation reduces manual effort, increases efficiency, and minimises errors. This is crucial for repetitive and time-consuming tasks, allowing human resources to focus on more strategic activities. It enhances productivity, accelerates business processes, and reduces operational costs by automating routine tasks and workflows.

AI (Artificial Intelligence):
AI technologies offer advanced capabilities for data analysis, prediction, and decision-making. Incorporating AI into business processes enables organizations to gain valuable insights and make data-driven decisions. It enhances business intelligence, enables predictive analytics, and supports the development of intelligent applications that can learn and adapt over time.

Data & Analytics:
Data is a valuable asset for businesses, and effective analytics provide actionable insights. Businesses need tools to collect, store, process, and analyse data for informed decision-making. It empowers organizations to harness the full potential of their data, driving strategic decision-making, uncovering trends, and supporting business growth.

INNOVATION BEFORE COMPETITORS
The past few years have shown that customer requirements can change rapidly. Innovating before competitors gives companies a huge advantage. Quickly adapting to customer needs often leads to quicker adoption of products or services. The SAP BTP facilitates innovation at pace so businesses can keep up with an ever-changing market.

RUN IN UNCERTAINTY
As we have discovered, change is the only constant in business so it’s essential to have agility and continuity to run in times of uncertainty. BTP is a hosted cloud platform, meaning even if you go down, BTP does not. BTP keeps businesses running permanently.

COST SAVING CHAMPION
Cost-saving pressures are only rising for businesses currently. By leveraging BTP and cloud services, companies can relieve some of this pressure and save huge overheads on incumbent on-premises SAP solutions.

PIVOT AT MARKET SPEED
Adapt and pivot with a dynamic market. SAP BTP offers agility and innovation that matches the market's external needs. This allows businesses to excel in a digital-first world.

GROW WITH MULTI-CLOUD OPENNESS
Multi-cloud openness creates great flexibility around deployment as well as adapting and tailoring solutions to customer and company needs. SAP BTP facilitates growth through innovation and customer-centric thinking deployed in a cloud format.

YOU ARE DEPENDENT ON MASTER DATA
If your company is dependent on large amounts of master data to produce products, SAP BTP will likely be able to enhance your processes and business operations. The BTP platform can be quickly deployed into a business. Migrations can be large tasks but are offset by the productivity once live on the platform.

YOU NEED BUSINESS AGILITY
If you operate in an extremely busy industry or need processes to be as efficient as possible- for cost purposes or otherwise, the Business Technology Platform will be a good fit. It has been designed to enable businesses to run in dynamic markets and innovate before competitors, maximising business chances of success.

YOU CAN'T AFFORD DOWNTIME
Systems going down is a constant risk when on-premises. Migrating to the cloud removes these pressures and enables businesses to run with continuity. Proper leverage of cloud systems removes pressure from the business and has many cost-saving implications across staffing, IT, supply chain and beyond.

YOU ALREADY USE SAP APPLICATIONS
If you are already running SAP systems like S/4 HANA system, FIORI is your UI strategy and you would like to create a custom FIORI app then SAP BTP Extension Suite is the natural option. If you would like to build an application on your system, BTP enables you to subscribe to extra services at any time, giving companies the correct services when needed

Recent years have proven that you can never predict what's around the corner for businesses. It’s becoming essential for businesses to maximise ROI and have continuity in uncertainty. Cloud is certainly the way forward with this and has been adopted through other aspects of a business. To become a truly digital-first enterprise, processes and systems must be optimised with the Business Technology Platform.

Yes, the SAP Cloud Platform and the Business Technology Platform are one and the same. The only difference is a rebrand. When the Platform as a Service was first launched in 2013, SAP dubbed it the Cloud Platform. However, as it has evolved into a resource for businesses, Business Technology Platform became a name with a better fit. There’s no real difference between the two. They refer to the same platform for creating and developing applications to improve business SAP’s but Business Technology Platform is the current correct name.

Monitoring SAP BTP performance is an important ability for any SAP programme leader. Typically, applications used from the BTP are charged per license and if those licenses are not being taken advantage of, it’s a waste of money. The SAP BTP Monitor is an application which enables BTP users to monitor BTP Licenses and consumption, reporting, management, user creation and self-service. It’s a great way for organisations to ensure lean and effective usage of the Business Technology Platform and optimise how It is used.

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