Architecting Solutions with SAP Business Technology Platform | Book Review

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Read enough? Just want to get the book? You can your copy here.

Packt even offers to read the book for free when you sign up for their online library (trail).

Whodunnit? 

About Packt

Packt has been publishing books about information technology since two decades, mostly about development topics and open source. This is their first title about SAP software (assuming the online library with 5000+ titles is indexed correctly). A promising start.

About the Authors

Eric Du has published an e-book with SAP PRESS before. For co-author Serdar Simsekler (assuming LinkedIn profiles are up-to-date), this book is his first publication. Both are seasoned SAP professionals and decades of experience working with SAP technology clearly manifests in the book. 

Eric has been with SAP for 15 years, currently as VP of Technology & Architecture, SAP SuccessFactors. Previously, he worked on the Intelligent Enterprise, Business Data Network, Leonardo, and SAP HANA (amongst others).

Serdar started his career as ABAP developer and SAP IT consultant and is currently employed by Deloitte as Senior Manager, SAP Technical/Enterprise Architect.

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Judging the Cover by the Book 

About BTP

As you may recall, SAP launched its Business Technology Platform three years ago at TechEd, as evolution of the cloud platform, bundling SAP’s technology and business services

Like Azure, BTP is a portfolio brand and how it is defined exactly slightly changes overtime, incorporating new acquisitions and technology trends. For the latest marketing prose, see

The service catalog is maintained on the SAP Discovery Center, currently listing 96 services (!).  Some services are small, tiny even, (IBAN); others come with a pedigree, like the Integration Suite.

To cover BTP, this provides a challenge. What to include and what to leave out? Judging by the cover, the book focus is on architecting solutions with integration, extensibility, and innovation as key themes.

Overview and Foundations

For those less versed in SAP software, solutions, technology, visions, and strategy, the book opens with brief discussion of topics, like the Intelligent Enterprise, RISE, sustainability, Industry Cloud, and how this relates to a business technology platform. Next, the platform itself is introduced covering its importance for enterprise  applications,  why the platform is different from other cloud providers; which capabilities are included, and other high-level topics.

In the second part of the book, foundations, covers the environments and regions of SAP BTP, commercial models, the peculiarities of the account model, account administration (UI, CLI, and API), followed by a more in depth discussion of the security model and connectivity.

We also learn about the non-functional requirements (NFRs), covering topics like business continuity, data management, performance, observability, Service Level Agreements (SLA) and support.

Integration and Extensibility

In the central section of the book, parts three and four, integration and extensibility are covered. This includes a more theoretical discussion about the integration methodology, architectural considerations, API-based and event-driven integration with in-depth coverage of the SAP Integration Suite and SAP Data Intelligence.

Extensibility covers application development, Cloud Foundry, Kyma, ABAP, and low-code/no-code, frontend, backend, development tools, and the relevant BTP services.

Starting with a basic architecture (Figure 9.3 in the book), we gradually learn about all the different services, products, and technologies, resulting in a comprehensive coverage of the platform. An excellent lesson in architecture design!

Data to Value

The last section of the book covers SAP HANA Cloud, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, and intelligent technologies (SAP AI) under the header Data to Value. As a marketing story, this goes back to what was once called (and bundled) as SAP HANA Cloud Services, conceived just before the launch of BTP, but since no longer much in the spotlights. We learn about use cases, architecture, and the features and functionality of these core components in the analytics, database and data management domain.

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