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DevOps with SAP Cloud Platform: Plan & Setup

After I have provided the overview of our portfolio of tools/services that help to foster DevOps principles and simplify adoption for cloud-native applications as well as hybrid scenarios in my previous article, I will offer more insights on especially the Plan & Setup phase in this blog post.

Goal of this first phase of the overall approach outlined in the figure below is to decide on basic aspects around DevOps and lifecycle management and to set up required infrastructures and toolchains for applying DevOps principles efficiently for your apps to be developed and run on SAP Cloud Platform.Phases%20of%20SAP%20Cloud%20Platform%20DevOps%20portfolio

SAP Cloud Platform Planning and Lifecycle-Management Guide

To plan your projects around SAP Cloud Platform, the SAP Cloud Platform Planning and Lifecycle-Management guide explains basic platform concepts and provides guidance, such as for account structuring, development and delivery.

It is a good first read to learn about many operations aspects around SAP Cloud Platform.

 

Outlook on toolchain automation

When it comes to actually set up your DevOps environment for a given use case, we are working on an SAP Cloud Platform service (that is, tool) that intends to ease the handling of DevOps tools throughout the lifecycle of an application. Coming from a concrete scenario (such as the development of an SAP Fiori app or an SAP SuccessFactors extension), the service plans to provide standard templates (based on SAP’s best practices – for example, in the form of so-called recipes), where the user will be able to set up the DevOps toolchain including a corresponding CI/CD pipeline, get a visualization of the toolchain, and perform a central and automatic configuration of it (comprising both SAP and potential third-party tools involved in the scenario).

One entry point could be the SAP Discovery Center, where SAP offers many missions, for example to implement a business-specific scenario with ease.

Part of such a mission could be to configure your DevOps toolchain, where such a service could come in. Idea would be that you centrally trigger the configuration of all the tools being part of the DevOps toolchain by entering required configuration parameters non-redundantly into a use-case-specific template:

From there, the service could automatically execute the configuration of the involved tools/services and of SAP Cloud Platform in the selected subaccount, including required prerequisite checks and creation of authorizations:

First result would be a list of links to the preconfigured tools and services, which would directly allow you and your team to start with your project:

The links to the configured tools will be accessible also after the initial configuration, via the mission in SAP Discovery Center or through a standalone UI. Via that UI, users might also be able to add tools from an extendable catalog to existing toolchains and to come up with own custom toolchains. Finally, the service should allow to optimize and evolve existing toolchains by time. With this, we intend both to allow teams to jumpstart applying DevOps for a given use case/scenario and to evolve the toolchain by time.

We are very interested to get your input – if you should be interested in gaining first insights of our direction outlined here, please reach out to me and I will be happy to arrange a quick webinar to outline our current status and to get your feedback.

Result

Result of the Plan & Setup phase should be a clear understanding of your overall DevOps approach and ideally a configured SAP Cloud Platform environment and a DevOps toolchain (at least in a first version for development and delivery, as outlined in the description of the upcoming phases – then to be further extended and evolved as required).

Continue with Develop & Test, the next phase in your DevOps adoption journey with SAP Cloud Platform, where your development teams come up with increments in the form of development and application content of high quality.

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  • I have slightly updated the blog post in July 2020, to provide an update to our initial plans – for the formerly mentioned “SAP Cloud Platform DevOps Planner” service, we decided to take a step back to further sharpen the approach and to align it with additional stakeholders. For this, we plan a longer internal adoption phase, so external availability got shifted to a later point in time. Nevertheless, we still plan to offer a service in that direction and are therefore still eager to discuss the approach with any interested customers – so please reach out, if you should have a pain point in that direction. Also, I plan to update the blog again, as soon as we have further clarified our future approach and timelines.

    This shift does not affect the SAP Cloud Platform Continuous Integration and Delivery service that would have been part of the scenario above. This service is still planned to be made available soon!

    Best regards,
    Boris