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SAP Cloud Platform: An Overview and Key Considerations

What Is the SAP Cloud Platform?

The SAP Cloud Platform was a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering that provided an environment for developing and running cloud applications that leveraged SAP solutions. As part of the SAP HANA Cloud portfolio when it was released in 2012, it became the SAP HANA Cloud Platform in 2013, and SAP Cloud Platform in 2017. SAP Cloud Platform initially was available only in SAP-hosted data centers, but later was made available on multiple environments via the Cloud Foundry open-source cloud platform. Capabilities and services that were offered as part of SAP Cloud Platform included:

  • Analytics
  • Business services
  • Collaboration
  • Data and storage
  • Integration
  • Internet of Things
  • Mobile
  • Runtime environments
  • Security
  • User experience

In 2021, SAP Cloud Platform was officially removed as a stand-alone offering from SAP and is now one of the core components of the SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP). SAP Cloud Platform capabilities for application development and integration are now available as cloud services that run on SAP BTP.

Key Considerations for SAPinsiders

SAP Cloud Platform: An Overview and Key Considerations

What Is the SAP Cloud Platform?

The SAP Cloud Platform was a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering that provided an environment for developing and running cloud applications that leveraged SAP solutions. As part of the SAP HANA Cloud portfolio when it was released in 2012, it became the SAP HANA Cloud Platform in 2013, and SAP Cloud Platform in 2017. SAP Cloud Platform initially was available only in SAP-hosted data centers, but later was made available on multiple environments via the Cloud Foundry open-source cloud platform. Capabilities and services that were offered as part of SAP Cloud Platform included:

  • Analytics
  • Business services
  • Collaboration
  • Data and storage
  • Integration
  • Internet of Things
  • Mobile
  • Runtime environments
  • Security
  • User experience

In 2021, SAP Cloud Platform was officially removed as a stand-alone offering from SAP and is now one of the core components of the SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP). SAP Cloud Platform capabilities for application development and integration are now available as cloud services that run on SAP BTP.

Key Considerations for SAPinsiders

  • SAP Cloud Platform is the basis for integrating data and applications in the cloud. Whether integration included SAP or non-SAP applications, the SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite (now the SAP Integration Suite, part of the SAP Business Technology Platform) provided for integration of on-premise and cloud-based applications and data. This video by Craig Stasila, Global Go-to-Market Lead for SAP Platform, explains SAP’s strategy for how to connect the components of your intelligent enterprise.
  • SAP Cloud Platform was designed as the means via which organizations could create extensions for SAP S/4HANA without needing to create and maintain custom code. One of the main goals of many organizations moving to SAP S/4HANA is to remove much of the custom code that made upgrading and maintaining their older ERP systems complex and expensive. To achieve this clean core, SAP Cloud Platform provided the capability for organizations to create application extensions using ABAP or their choice of programming language. Reddy Venumbaka explains how SAP S/4HANA can be extended and integrated using SAP Cloud Platform, and now SAP Business Technology Platform, in this event session.

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  1. Michael Love

    Hybrid Cloud Deployment Approaches for SAP S/4HANA

    Adopting a hybrid cloud strategy has become an essential ingredient for success for business operations. In this session, you will learn about the various dimensions to hybrid cloud deployment choices, and how they are applicable to an SAP transformation strategy. Hybrid cloud is more complicated than simply choosing to run SAP on-prem or in the…
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    SAP S/4HANA Cloud Strategy Trends

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    In our 2021 September Executive Magazine, we wrote about SAP customers that are expanding and becoming global at an increasing rate against a backdrop of transformation. And we know from our March 2021 report, which surveyed our technology executive community, that CIOs’ top priorities — increasing process efficiencies and supporting new business models — point…
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    Cloud Cost Considerations: How to Maximize Return while Shrinking Investment

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    In a time where multi and hybrid cloud deployments are becoming commonplace for SAP, enterprise executives and IT decision makers are looking for a way to maximize their cloud value while working with reduced budgets. Join this roundtable, hosted by Virtustream’s Alex Noordergraaf, Director of Product Management for SAP Cloud Solutions, to discuss strategies and…
  4. Customer Experiences in Modernizing SAP Applications with a Cloud Operating Model

    How can I get the simplicity of the cloud while maintaining control of the data? How can I increase business flexibility and redundancy? How can I better tie IT costs to business use? These are common challenges in the market that are driving companies to consider a hyperconverged infrastructure for their SAP solutions. In this…
  5. Customer Experiences in Modernizing SAP Applications with a Cloud Operating Model

    How can I get the simplicity of the cloud while maintaining control of the data? How can I increase business flexibility and redundancy? How can I better tie IT costs to business use? These are common challenges in the market that are driving companies to consider a hyperconverged infrastructure for their SAP solutions. In this…
  6. 3 Proven Ways to Drive New Value from Your SAP Investments in the Cloud

    Each SAP customer has a unique and potentially complicated journey to the cloud. All journeys can benefit from three initiatives that companies can rapidly implement to accelerate the move of their SAP landscapes to the cloud and reduce the complexity of a full-scale ERP migration. In this webinar, we’ll explore three proven ways to jump-start…
  7. Reduce your cloud spending with SAP Landscape Management Cloud

    It doesn’t make sense to run your SAP systems – especially non-production systems – 24/7 in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) aka Hyperscaler environments like you used to for on-premise deployments, because infrastructure costs will explode. SAP Landscape Management Cloud is a brand-new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product (released in 2021) that focuses on this challenge. It helps to optimize…
  8. Options for Extending and Integrating SAP S/4HANA with SAP Cloud Platform

    SAP Cloud Platform is an open business platform designed to help you innovate, integrate, and extend applications. It is an ideal cloud platform to extend SAP S/4HANA and integrate SAP S/4HANA with SAP and non-SAP applications. Join this session to discover how SAP Cloud Platform: - Enables you to extend SAP S/4HANA using ABAP and…
  9. 3 Cloud-Smart Strategies for SAP Customers

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    Learn three major strategies to employ cloud-smart SAP solutions to help your business get through uncertain times.
  10. Case Study: Lessons from Epsilon’s Successful SAP Cloud Platform Implementation

    Epsilon, a global customer data marketing and analytics company, recently deployed SAP Cloud Platform to improve the speed and capabilities of its customer analytics. Attendees will learn about a successful SAP Cloud Platform implementation. The session will dive into key considerations, including security and scalability, that played into the company’s cloud decision, and get useful…
  11. Develop Resilience During Rapid Change by Extending Business Applications with SAP Cloud Platform

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    Webinar Thursday, September 30 at 11:00 AM EDT In order to navigate change and stay ahead of the competition, organizations must infuse flexibility and agility across their end-to-end operations. Companies are successfully doing this by modernizing and extending their business processes, and doing so efficiently and economically. How can you join them? Register for this…
  12. Session Recap: Options for Extending and Integrating SAP S/4HANA with SAP Cloud Platform

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    On the third day of the SAPinsider Virtual Conference Experience, Reddy Venumbaka, Senior Director of Product Marketing at SAP, led an informative session on the options available for extending SAP S/4HANA and integrating with SAP and non-SAP applications using SAP Cloud Platform.
  13. Make the Move to SAP Cloud Platform ABAP Environment with Confidence: A Look at the New Features Delivered with Version 2005 and the Solid Road Ahead

    Make the Move to SAP Cloud Platform ABAP Environment with Confidence

    Reading time: 18 mins

    A fully digital approach to operations enables not only efficiency, but also resiliency and stability during disruptive times, such as the COVID-19 crisis. Cloud-based solutions allow businesses to continue running at any time and from anywhere, and cloud-delivered software updates continuously add new features and improvements to help organizations run better. With SAP Cloud Platform…
  14. Better Business Management with Cloud-Based ERP

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    Cloud-based ERP powered by Intel® processors using SAP Business ByDesign* provides mid-market enterprises with reliable, real-time, scalable business management and the agility of the cloud. Find more insightful content from Intel on their Vendor Showcase.
  15. SAP Cloud Platform: Helping Organizations Respond to Rapid Change in Real Time

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    In these new and challenging times, an organization’s ability to react and respond quickly to changing market conditions has never been more important. The SAP Cloud Platform (SCP) is SAP’s cloud application development environment that allows companies to quickly build new applications, extend existing ones, or integrate data and processes across the enterprise. Come to…
  16. How to Quickly Install SAP Solutions Using SAP Cloud Application Library in Public Cloud

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    Installing SAP solutions can take a long time, which is not always an option when you need to execute a demo, test business functionality, create a proof of concept, conduct training, or explore a product. To solve this challenge, SAP created SAP Cloud Application Library (CAL), an on-demand, online library containing preconfigured, ready-to-use SAP solutions…
  17. Delivery Hero Drives Automation and Scale with SAP Software

    Reading time: 7 mins

    In the competitive global food-delivery industry, a new business needs to be nimble and fast to establish itself and thrive. Delivery Hero is one such company, which came on the scene in 2011 and grew to process more than three times the orders of all its competitors combined. SAP customers can learn a great deal…
  18. Innovate With SAP Cloud Platform

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    Learn how IT leaders and development teams use SAP® Cloud Platform to deliver the rapid innovation needed to fuel today's data-driven business. See ways to improve your business process, deliver engaging digital experiences, and simplify innovation wi This content is available to (General or Premium) members. Sign in or Join for free! Sign In Become…
  19. Introducing SAP Cloud Platform Credential Store

    Introducing SAP Cloud Platform Credential Store

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    Most organizations today are somewhere along the journey toward becoming a digital business, with meeting high expectations for the customer experience a central driver. One of the keys to creating an exceptional experience is the ability to access data in back-end systems in real time, which means that robust integration is critical. This article introduces…
  20. Manage Enterprise Content In The Cloud

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    Today’s enterprise needs an archiving solution that can help manage and control data volume growth, reduce costs and expand as information governance needs evolve. Read this brief for tips to manage your SAP and non-SAP content. This content is available to (General or Premium) members. Sign in or Join for free! Sign In Become a…
  21. Cloud Continues to Lead SAP Growth: SAP Sets Aggressive 5-Year Outlook

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    On January 29, 2019, SAP officially announced its financial results for Q4 2018 and the full year of 2018. Cloud revenues continue to power SAP’s overall revenue growth — SAP reported that cloud revenue for the year reached €4.9 billion and overall revenue edged up 5% to €24.71 billion. Overall cloud and software revenue fell…
  22. Digital Transformation Leads the State of Illinois to Build a Smarter IT Infrastructure in the Cloud

    Reading time: 12 mins

    The disruptive nature of technology innovation is not limited to business: The public sector must also consider the impact of digital transformation. The State of Illinois recognized a need for improved technology and functionality across its growing responsibilities, and in 2016 began a digital transformation that aimed to replace 420 systems across 58 agencies in…
  23. Consumption-Based SAP Cloud Platform Experience Delivers Agility and Full Transparency into Usage

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    At the beginning of a new project, it can be difficult for IT departments to predict sizing requirements with complete certainty. This drives companies toward more flexible cost models that allow software to be available sooner and with greater scalability. Learn how a new consumption-based experience for SAP Cloud Platform gives customers the simplicity, agility, and…
  24. Built-In Protection with SAP Cloud Platform

    Built-In Protection with SAP Cloud Platform

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    Companies that successfully handle data security breaches rely on a balanced combination of regulatory compliance and security technology. This article explains how SAP Cloud Platform integrates these concepts to provide reliable, built-in protection for SAP customers. You will learn the difference between “security” and “compliance,” and how these concepts work together in SAP Cloud Platform…
  25. Intelligent Supply Chain Management with SAP Cloud Platform

    Reading time: 20 mins

    Learn how to optimize your supply chain management process using cloud services from SAP Cloud Platform. The scenario used in this article identifies the inconsistent data readings at run time and forecasts failures. It also describes how SAP Cloud Platform proactively generates a purchase order if required. With the help of SAP Cloud Platform, you…...…
  26. Confidence in the Face of Change

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    The impact digitization has had on business is immeasurable, and new opportunities continue to arise. Organizations traveling down this road expect market leaders such as SAP and its partners to help them navigate the digital economy. But as innovation bounds forward, SAP customers must feel confident that their core ERP systems remain stable in the…
  27. Securing the Cloud with SAP Cloud Platform

    Reading time: 9 mins

    Security is a major concern for anyone considering a move to the cloud ― along with the benefits of digitizing come increased risks due to code vulnerabilities, missing implementation of security patches, and misconfigurations, among others. So how do you make a successful transition to the digital economy without compromising your business? Learn how SAP…
  28. Innovation Comes in All Sizes

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    As organizations continue their digital transformation journey, new opportunities are emerging for SAP customers of all sizes. Small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) are rapidly embracing digitization strategies and are just as likely to adopt cloud models as those in the large enterprise segment. These companies rely not only on SAP products and solutions, but also…
  29. Co-Innovation at Its Best

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    In the business world, innovation is never-ending. And with digital transformation affecting businesses everywhere, innovation is essential. Co-innovation and partnerships with digital transformation leaders can help companies avoid being disrupted. The resulting innovations enhance the capabilities of SAP’s partner and customer ecosystem by delivering a diverse network of expertise and best-in-class technologies and platforms. Hear…
  30. EDI/B2B Cloud Services: Is it for you?

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    Audio pioneer Dolby Laboratories, which has been delivering audiophiles a superior sound and sight experience since the 1970s, decided in 2016 that it wanted an equally stringent level of quality assurance for its business process testing. The business sought a risk-based automated testing solution to reduce or eliminate regression test coverage gaps and lengthy testing…
  31. The Face of Digital Innovation

    Reading time: 7 mins

    As digital trends spur companies toward technologies that enable greater efficiencies and ease of use, user interfaces (UIs) have become integral to this pursuit. An intuitive UI is a critical part of innovation, as simplicity in the user experience frees up time and allows end users to be more flexible in how they work. Discover…
  32. Heidelberg University Hospital Partners with SAP to Improve the Health and Well-Being of Underprivileged Patients

    Reading time: 14 mins

    Every year, 500,000 women worldwide are newly diagnosed with cervical cancer.  To help prevent this disease, Heidelberg University Hospital developed a project using a biomarker that would help determine if a woman infected with HPV was at risk for developing cancer, enabling early, life-saving treatment for that woman. But reaching women in developing countries to…
  33. Cloud Foundry and the Future of Cloud-Native Development on SAP Cloud Platform

    Reading time: 13 mins

    Learn what Cloud Foundry is and its impact on the future of cloud-native development and SAP Cloud Platform. Key Concept With production support for Cloud Foundry scheduled with the Q2/2017 release of SAP Cloud Platform (formerly SAP HANA Cloud Platform), it’s important for developers to understand what Cloud Foundry is and the prominent role it…...…
  34. Skullcandy Rocks the Cloud

    Reading time: 7 mins

    With demand quickly exceeding the distribution model, headphone manufacturer Skullcandy synced up with SAP to better manage explosive growth in the niche market of lifestyle and performance. By implementing SAP Business ByDesign, Skullcandy replaced its manual spreadsheet-based system with a fully automated process to efficiently manage orders from purchase through delivery. Hear how SAP Business…