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Certification Options for Third-Party Solutions on SAP Cloud Platform

We at SAP Integration and Certification Center, provide you with a couple of options to let your third-party solution on SAP Cloud Platform be certified. In this blog post, I will give you a short overview about the opportunities you have with SAP Cloud Platform, what you can do to deliver valuable solutions and how to benefit from the SAP certification program related to the SAP Cloud Platform.

With now more than 13,700 customers, the SAP Cloud Platform is one of the fastest-growing products in the history of SAP.

The SAP Cloud Platform is SAP’s central integration and enhancement platform with a variety of business services. As a technology platform, it provides companies with a multiplicity of tools and services that help them efficiently manage business processes.

As an integration and enhancement platform, the SAP Cloud Platform provides organizations with the ability to quickly and flexibly adapt existing business applications to the unique requirements that allow customers and employees a better experience. This makes it easy for partners to enhance SAP’s intelligent suite with their own unique and innovative capabilities, while seamlessly integrating with their own third-party solutions.

Extending core business processes is also possible by reusing existing ABAP assets or by using the know-how of experienced ABAP developers. As ABAP evolves, partners will be able to develop cloud ABAP apps to enhance standard business processes with innovative cloud services. The SAP Cloud Platform, ABAP environment enables partners to create new ABAP extensions directly in the cloud. For example, you can use the SAP HANA and SAP Cloud Platform services to develop custom extensions to the SAP S/4HANA cloud or other SAP cloud solutions.

You can find more details on the business technology platform in this blog from Gunther Rothermel: SAP Cloud Platform: The Business Technology Platform

Integration:

Integrated business processes are a top priority for SAP customers. Customers want to easily recognize, configure, and customize their business processes and to continually improve them.

The SAP API Business Hub can be used to explore integration and expansion options for processes, configure process templates and recipes for flexibilization and enhancement and to add new processes or process steps. The SAP API Business Hub is the central catalog for all SAP and partner related APIs and integration content to discover, explore and test SAP and partner APIs.

If you want to build apps, integrations, and extensions easily, the SAP API Business Hub is the right place to get started. You can discover and consume digital content like APIs, pre-packaged integration content and sample apps, that are required to build extensions or process integrations.

SAP API Business Hub covers APIs from various SAP solutions like SAP S/4HANA, SAP SuccessFactors, SAP Cloud Platform, SAP C/4HANA and more.

SAP API Business Hub allows you to navigate to individual APIs, their resources, and supported operations. The integrated documentation helps you to understand the behavior of the APIs. Along comes an integrated test environment in the cloud for easy testing. You can test-drive selected APIs, either by making calls using the integrated, cloud-based sandbox test environment or by using your application of choice.

Development:

SAP partners can start development through the SAP Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreement. This allows for an easy, consumption-based purchasing, providing flexibility to accelerate the development of Intelligent Enterprise cloud applications. The result is a simplified buying and consuming experience that enables you to deliver and build applications on the SAP Cloud Platform, and then pay based on actual usage.

To find out more about SAP Cloud Platform, please visit cloudplatform.sap.com.

Opportunities for ISV’s

ISVs looking for developing their solutions on SAP Cloud Platform have an excellent opportunity becoming an SAP partner with the SAP PartnerEdge, Build program,.

The SAP PartnerEdge, Build program is enabling you to gain access to SAP applications, platforms, and intelligent technology. The program comes in different flavors and options, you can choose according to your needs.

  • Partner advisory and support services are available to speed up your development process.
  • In case you are looking for some whitespaces within the SAP product portfolio, you might cover with your own solutions, the Co-Innovated with SAP program is the right place for you to look into. This program brings together the required expertise to help deliver a certified and competitive partner solution to the market. You will be working with SAP Partner Innovation Lifecycle Services team as well as close aligning between various line-of-business and industry teams within SAP. This will help you to achieve the “Co-innovated with SAP” designation.

SAP Cloud SDK:

To rapidly build a high-quality cloud solution, the SAP Cloud SDK is the right tool to go for. The SAP Cloud SDK simplifies the development of applications that communicate with SAP solutions such as SAP S/4HANA, SAP S/4HANA Cloud, SAP SuccessFactors, and many others. The SDK provides a set of components to consume services of the SAP Cloud Platform.

Using the SDK, you can significantly reduce your effort when developing an application on SAP Cloud Platform. The SDK provides Java libraries, JavaScript libraries, project templates and a continuous delivery toolkit, which helps you to improve quality and speed up development. The SDK is available for free under the SAP Developer License.

This blog from Ekaterina Kruse provides you with an overview about the SAP Cloud SDK.

Certification Opportunities:

After your solution is ready to be sold, SAP Integration and Certification Center provides you with various opportunities to prove the quality of your integration with SAP solutions to your customers.

SAP Integration and Certification Center offers the following scenarios for the certification “SAP Certified – Build on SAP Cloud Platform”:

SAP Cloud Platform Certification

CP-APP-DPL (Build and Deploy New Cloud Applications): This scenario is suitable for companies that need to start developing new applications from scratch. You can create brand new cloud applications and reach your end customers easily, with a low learning curve and small capital investment in software and hardware.

CP-EXT (Build Extensions application): This scenario is suitable for companies that have already invested a lot in on-premise IT infrastructure or develop extensions to other cloud products, such as SAP SuccessFactors, SAP S/4HANA Cloud, and SAP Cloud for Customer solution. You can create the new extensions to the system on the cloud, and securely integrate with the on-premise components using the SAP Cloud Platform Connectivity Service and Cloud Connector or use the extension capabilities of SAP Cloud Platform for your SAP cloud solution.

SAP Cloud Platform Premium Certification

In addition to the standard certification a premium certification is possible. The premium certification comprises the standard certification, a cloud qualities check, a cloud delivery check, as well a security code scan assessment.

SAP Certified Solutions Directory

After completing your certification, you can list your certified solutions in the SAP Certified Solutions Directory.

The SAP Certified Solutions Directory gives partners the opportunity to present their company as well as details of the certifications and solutions. It is an excellent platform for communicating with SAP Customers.

SAP APP Center

Finally, you can sell your solution in the SAP App Center. The SAP App Center is a fully digital, enterprise marketplace where customers can discover, try, buy, manage, and deploy trusted partner applications that extend their existing SAP technology and solutions.

In the solution catalog the “Certified” banner distinguishes SAP-certified from not SAP-certified third-party Solutions.

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