Recently, you may have heard a lot about SAP Business Technology Platform. But what exactly is it? Does it help you with integrations and automations? Is it a tool for workflows? Can you build apps and interfaces with it? The shortest answer is: yes. And then we also skip a lot of opportunities. In this blog, we address three key capabilities of SAP’s digital toolbox.
What ís Business Technology Platform exactly?
Let’s start at the beginning. What ís BTP exactly? You can best think of SAP Business Technology Platform as a layer or shell that surrounds your systems and applications. That could be an ERP environment like SAP S/4HANA. But you can also consider other Line of Business solutions (such as Customer Experience or Spend Management) and SaaS solutions from SAP.
That digital BTP shell is a Swiss army knife; a smart toolbox packed with tools that help you do even more with your systems. Just about any innovation you can think of can be brought to life using SAP BTP. At the same time, and this is the beauty of it, you don’t touch your ERP system, the Digital Core of your organization. These keep you clean, lean and mean. All expansions, experiments and innovations happen in the shell around it. This keeps the core of your IT landscape “clean,” which is important. Because in that core, all standard business processes are completed and data is stored. It is your system of records, the foundation of your organization. Keeping the core clean will keep your system performing at its best while ensuring that you are more easily able to respond to changing conditions and needs of colleagues and your customers. Ease of use and speed are paramount.
Points that are indispensable for just about every innovation imaginable:
- Establish complex integrations between your systems and just about any other solution.
- Expand your system landscape with innovative apps and extensions.
- Unlock the value of data in a variety of ways.
Integrating your systems
Your company’s Digital Core feeds all sorts of other systems. And vice versa, your ERP solution is fed by all sorts of adjacent applications. In the past, integrating systems and data streams was a complex operation. SAP Business Technology Platform makes integration a lot easier. By default, SAP BTP has thousands of off-the-shelf integrations and connectors on board. This makes tight integration of your entire system landscape easy to manage. And do you want to integrate a system for which no standard linkage is available? Then you develop such an integration very easily in SAP BTP. Innovating has become much easier as a result. All without increasing the complexity of your landscape.
Expanding your system landscape
Your ERP system forms your Digital Core; the core of your organization. The apps and systems that make your organization truly innovative and distinctive are not in here. These Systems of Innovation extract data from your ERP system. They interact with the processes taking place there. They work with data from the system and may also add data, but they are not part of it.
With SAP Business Technology Platform, you put a smart digital shell around ERP and your other Line of Business and SaaS solutions. In and on that shell, you can quickly, easily and affordably build all kinds of extensions and create integrations that provide distinctiveness. In addition, you can also use SAP BTP to set up and modify process extensions. All innovations, expansions and complex data procces take place in SAP BTP. As a result, the Digital Core remains clean and untouched.
Getting maximum value from data
With SAP BTP, you turn data into analyses that add real value. BTP is the place to bring together all kinds of data streams from SAP and other sources. The business context of all the data you bring together is preserved; all the metadata goes with it. Thus, a number in BTP is never just that number. BTP also knows where that number came from, when it was created and the path it took. Because the data you work with is so much richer, you can create much more sophisticated insights, plans, forecasts and scenarios without much effort. You then have all those things reflected in other SAP applications without problems. In this way, you encourage making more informed decisions at the right time. Everyone in your organization plans with confidence based on reliable data.
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