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Updated Apr 06, 2024

SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP), also known as SAP Cloud Platform, offers a wide range of services to customers such as database management,  data handling, application development, analytics, integration, programming tools, Artificial Intelligence, and more.

SAP BTP brings all different applications into a single platform, allowing users to develop and deploy applications without the need to manage infrastructure complexities.

In simple terms, BTP offers prebuilt tools for applications development, product integration, use database as a service, and also utilize services like machine learning and artificial intelligence eliminating the need to build any complex tools from scratch.

Why is SAP BTP defined as a Platform as a Service(PaaS)?

SAP BTP is defined as a Platform as a Service. In this model, users manage their data and applications while the service provider handles all other aspects of application development.

For example, when developing a web application and integrating it with SAP S/4HANA using middleware like SAP BTP, your primary focus is on writing the application code. The other components required for building and running your application, such as development tools, databases, operating systems, integration APIs, servers, networks, user management, and storage, are handled by SAP, which is the service provider.

This classification as a Platform as a Service (PaaS) highlights SAP BTP's role in streamlining application development and management. This is why SAP BTP is considered a Platform as a Service (PaaS).

This model offers the advantage of saving time and effort, allowing developers to concentrate on application development instead of maintaining software and handling administrative tasks.

Advantages of SAP BTP:

Cloud-based application:

As it is a cloud-based application, you can connect to it from anywhere through the portal.

Fast deployment: 

It accelerates application development directly in the cloud, enabling rapid initiation of development projects.

Database and data management:  

SAP offers a variety of databases such as SAP HANA, SAP HANA Cloud along with solutions for managing the master data of the entire organization. Users can subscribe to any of these solutions to efficiently manage their organization's data.

Business analytics:  

Analytics plays a crucial role in organizations as it enables the discovery, interpretation, and communication of meaningful patterns in data. This applies to various areas such as finance, procurement, demand forecasting, employee-related information, and supply chain management, helping organizations understand and respond to what is happening within their operations effectively.

Application Development and Integration:

SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) provides a pre-built integration library and APIs, enabling customers to integrate SAP systems with other SAP systems. Additionally, they can integrate their SAP systems with third-party systems such as Salesforce or Oracle.

Free trial:

SAP provides a free trial model with limited access to SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) services. Users receive notifications from SAP when they reach the limit of the free trial account and have the option to upgrade to a paid service plan