Introducing the new consolidated marketplace on SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) cockpit!
First blog post of 2021. It’s good to be back 🙂 And it’s also good to be back with a long-awaited product update. For those of you familiar with the SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) cockpit, you’ve certainly come across our “double” marketplace situation. On the one hand, services were available in the Service Marketplace. On the other, applications were listed under Subscriptions. The question was raised several times (both internally and externally): Why can’t we access all these resources in one place? A consolidated catalog, if you will. Well folks, as of February 15, you can!
When you first log in to your trial account, you’ll be greeted with the following message:
Welcome to the new marketplace for all services & applications you can access on SAP BTP cockpit.
Now, let’s dive into the details!
New Discovery & Consumption Experience
In the new Service Marketplace, you’ll not only find all resources you can consume from your account, you’ll also have enhanced filters that will allow you to narrow down your search.
The filter can also be used to see if you have any active resources (as in, created service instances or subscriptions):
From this view, you can also deep dive into the service details and see, for example, which service or application plans are available. Let’s say you search for Transport Management, when you click on the tile, you will see:
Once you’ve reviewed this information and you know what you want, you can simply click Create to open the wizard. You can select whether you want to create a service instance (by selecting a service plan) or create an application subscription (by selecting an app plan).
You can also create an instance or subscription directly from the plan using the 3 dots at the end of the table. Doing it this way means the wizard is prepopulated with the plan information.
Now, after you have successfully created either an instance or a subscription, you’ll probably want to view it and manage the resources running on your account. A pop-up at the end of the wizard lets you go directly to the new Instances and Subscriptions page, which as the name suggests, is a consolidated view of your service instances, and application subscriptions. This page is used for viewing and managing your active resources. From here you can perform actions, such as, bind services instances, create service keys or open your applications.
Let’s say you closed the pop-up without realizing it (can’t say it has not happened to me several times), you have a few options here:
- Go to Instances & Subscriptions from the left-hand menu and see an overview of everything currently active. Right next to your app name, you’ll see an icon that allows you to go directly to the application.
- Click on Go to Application to open the app directly
- Click on the service instance link
You can also just as easily delete resources:
There is also one added feature, I wanted to share. For applications, it’s necessary to assign roles that in turn provide access rights to users. For example, for Transport Management, you need at least the Viewer role to access the app. From the overview page (in Instances & Subscription), you’ll see you have a Role tab. From this tab, you can add the necessary roles to your Role Collections, so users can access the application.
- The new Service Marketplace is where you can find all your available resources (be that services or applications)
- You manage all your resources from the Instances & Subscriptions page
- You have a unified creation wizard for both services & applications
- Enhanced filters allow you to narrow down your search
- Important actions, like Create & Go to Application are easily and readily accessible
This update is also available on the SAP BTP trial (as you might have seen from my screenshots), so feel free to explore and test out this new functionality. Feedback is of course welcome!
FYI: In case you want more information on the latest branding updates, check out sap.com for more details.
Until next time! 🙂
Note that product screenshots were created before our branding changes related to SAP technology announced in January 2021 were reflected in the cockpit.
So, there was "Service Marketplace" (with services) and "Subscriptions" (with applications). SAP heard that it would be nice to combine these, so you do that and call the result... "Service Marketplace". Which already existed. For services only.
I don't mean no disrespect but how does this make sense? "Instances and Subscriptions" is exactly what it says it is. So why the place that has services and applications is not called simply "Services and Applications"? Wouldn't this be more logical?
And what possessed someone to turn "Go to application" into a tiny button in an odd location with a wrong icon? By what measure is it considered "easily accessible"?
Granted, I might be a little salty because y'all made changes on February 15 but the Developer team in charge of tutorials did not get a memo until 2 days later. And, in what clearly is an unfortunate coincidence, I happened to start a tutorial right between these dates. So this was quite a cognitive dissonance.
But still come on, these things just seem illogical. These tools are used not only by the pros but by the learners (e.g. from ongoing openSAP courses). It would be great if the tools were more intuitive instead of adding to confusion.
Thanks for the feedback Jelena! The team is continuously working to improve the experience and will take this into account.
My 2 cents: Terminology is always a tricky aspect. When you think that Apps are SaaS, then one could consider "Services" to be the overarching term. But again, I definitely see your point that it's not 100% clear.
Sorry, I don't have a more concrete answer for you, other than, stay tuned, more updates to come 🙂