SAP Cloud Platform


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…