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. 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…
  2. 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 for SAPinsider Preferred Access Yearly, SAPinsider Preferred Access Monthly, SAPinsider Premium Access , and SAPinsider Student…
  3. 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…
  4. Digital Transformation Leads the State of Illinois to Build a Smarter IT Infrastructure in the Cloud

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    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…
  5. 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…
  6. 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…
  7. Intelligent Supply Chain Management with SAP Cloud Platform

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    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…...…
  8. 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…
  9. Securing the Cloud with SAP Cloud Platform

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    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…
  10. 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…