September 30, 2020


Connecting People

SAP Business Technology Platform aims for simplification

SAP would like to provide one particular-quit searching for application developers and associates with SAP’s Business Technologies Platform.

The system, which was a aim at this week’s SAP Sapphire Now Reimagined, is an umbrella manufacturer name for products and solutions in the SAP portfolio, which include SAP HANA database, SAP Details Warehouse Cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud, and SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite. It also contains state-of-the-art systems like AI, equipment mastering and robotic approach automation. Qualtrics Knowledge Administration capabilities insert shopper and worker sentiment to the combine.

Juergen Mueller

There are no new products and solutions in the Business Technologies Platform, but it serves as one particular basis for all SAP applications and several extra lover and shopper use instances, reported Juergen Mueller, SAP CTO.

The platform’s goal is to support consumers that are confronting new difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These consumers are all going through new difficulties and what I listened to over and over was the need to have for agility and fast time-to-price,” Mueller reported. “To attain equally, technological know-how results in being even extra crucial than just before, and SAP can engage in a major part in beating all those difficulties.”

The concept is to provide a advancement atmosphere equivalent to Salesforce Lightning and Microsoft Azure cloud advancement platforms, Mueller reported.

“To make confident that all SAP applications support conclusion-to-conclusion procedures and are straightforward to use, they will have to operate on one particular typical system — and that is the Business Technologies Platform,” he reported.

3 characteristics differentiate SAP’s Business Technologies Platform from other folks, Mueller reported. The to start with is business centricity, which takes benefit of business details in SAP’s ERP and other company devices. The 2nd is a unified application stack. The 3rd is integration with SAP and non-SAP applications.

An SAP technological know-how ‘smorgasbord’

SAP’s Business Technologies Platform is truly very little new, but it does provide a unified way to entry SAP technological know-how, reported Joshua Greenbaum, principal at Company Applications Consulting. It delivers a place to manage details, deal with integration and do investigation.

Joshua GreenbaumJoshua Greenbaum

“They are hoping to create an umbrella marketing term that they can tuck a good deal of performance less than, which is fantastic for the reason that it is crucial not to get caught in the trivia of what performance an person merchandise has,” Greenbaum reported. “They are providing developers, associates and consumers a smorgasbord of performance that they can deploy as they need to have to fulfill these requirements. That smorgasbord has been readily available for a whilst, they have just consolidated it less than a one manufacturer, which might not be earth-shattering, but has price.”

Predrag JakovljevicPredrag Jakovljevic

Although it contains mostly present assets rebranded less than one particular umbrella, the system also contains technological know-how like Qualtrics, which helps insert intelligence into applications, reported Predrag Jakovljevic, principal field analyst with Technologies Analysis Facilities, an company technological know-how investigation organization in Montreal.

“Qualtrics will come in helpful to intelligently gauge and sense customers’ desires on the [shopper practical experience] aspect, and, relatively than reinventing the wheel, they are well making use of affordable open up resource systems like Cloudera for integration to other applications,” Jakovljevic reported. “Overall flexibility and agility are the key phrases, and SAP could be on to a thing, if they price tag it ideal, presented the pandemic hard cash crunch for their consumers.”

Sector cloud aims at particular industries

SAP also launched the SAP field cloud, an initiative primarily based on the Business Technologies Platform which is aimed at developing vertical field applications and solutions.

Peter MaierPeter Maier

Sector-particular applications are significantly crucial now as each individual field has been affected in unique ways by the COVID-19 pandemic, reported Peter Maier, SAP’s president of industries and shopper advisory.

“There is certainly not one particular strategy it is about adaptability, creativity and responsiveness,” Maier reported. “No one appreciates what the new ordinary will look like, but we are functioning with consumers on new ways to be thriving whilst at the same time being scalable and secure.”

The SAP field cloud targets twenty five particular industries, from aerospace and defense to sports administration, and utilizes SAP field authorities as perfectly as associates from industries who can support create vertical applications.

Partners will be key to the initiative, and SAP has lately partnered with Honeywell International Inc. on a authentic estate administration application that brings together Honeywell Forge creating functions details from a variety of resources with SAP Cloud for Real Estate, an application created on the SAP Cloud Platform.

“SAP consumers have a good head start off on developing revolutionary applications,” Maier reported. “They can use the clever suite with the S/4HANA state-of-the-art ERP they have the business network, which helps them join with their consumers and associates and they have practical experience administration, which helps them fully grasp shopper sentiment.”

Can’t go it alone

The SAP field cloud initiative is an acknowledgement that SAP desires associates to develop applications for the twenty five industries it is targeting, but the wide scope might also be a competitive benefit, Jakovljevic reported.

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Joshua GreenbaumPrincipal, Company Applications Consulting

“Infor, Epicor or IFS only talk about a number of industries that they target, so which is why SAP is conversing about associates and even consumers being capable to develop their individual field remedies on the system,” he reported. “The stage here is the stickiness of SAP’s system and its main ERP underneath — or so SAP hopes. At the conclusion of the working day, proclaiming an field aim is certainly a winning message these days.”

A single explanation for the field cloud thrust is that SAP has an eye on hyperscaler Google, which is making obvious indications that it will get into the business of cloud-primarily based vertical field applications, Greenbaum reported.

“It can be obvious that Google is seeking at vertical industries as a strategic pivot for them in the company software package house, and every all-fingers conference at Google Cloud is seeking extra and extra like an SAP alumni reunion,” he reported. “With field cloud, SAP would like to make confident that all people appreciates that this is SAP’s legacy — and they are going to protect it.”

Vinnie MirchandaniVinnie Mirchandani

The vertical strategy that SAP is using has under no circumstances been extra crucial, reported analyst Vinnie Mirchandani, founder of Offer Architect, an company computing weblog.

On the other hand, SAP’s threat is in hoping to sell SAP S/4HANA and other cross-field products and solutions as section of the vertical applications, Mirchandani reported.

“It can be not a confident factor that businesses have enough finances for all that in this atmosphere,” he reported. “Some SAP competition are positioning lighter AI, their platforms or other electronic overlays and telling consumers to not rip-and-change the legacy transactional applications. Their assignments are considerably faster, and they enable consumers to enhance the edge procedures that are distinctive for their industries whilst not investing considerably extra in the main, horizontal places.”

Paul SaundersPaul Saunders

SAP field cloud appears to be like a fantastic initiative, but SAP desires to do a considerably superior career of outlining what it is, reported Paul Saunders, research director at Gartner.

“SAP is hitting the ideal notes with the discussion on how they can support consumers in the current atmosphere on the other hand, they need to have to do extra to clear away the complexity,” Saunders reported. “Sector cloud is a good illustration of that, and you are not able to convey to what it is by the name alone. It truly isn’t really about field or cloud, and devoid of a ‘Ph.D. in SAP nomenclature,’ could a shopper or prospect fully grasp the change involving SAP field cloud, S/4HANA Cloud, Cloud Platform or HANA Company Cloud?”