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Author's profile photo Michael Ameling

Digitization Versus True Digital Transformation Strategy

Topic: SAP Business Technology Platform Strategy Paper

As milestones go, we are entering an era where most of our essential activities have gone digital. Online grocery shopping, mobile banking, remote work, and telemedicine conferencing – these are just a few of the seemingly endless ways digitization brings companies and customers closer together.

However, most digital strategies over the past year have been focused on staying in the game and maintaining operational continuity. But with global and local economies reportedly at the cusp of a boom, businesses must fundamentally rethink the true meaning and opportunity of digital transformation.

For many SAP customers, the foundation for their digital transformation vision is SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP). In fact, 75% of business leaders will leverage digital platforms and ecosystem capabilities to adapt their value chains to new markets, industries, and ecosystems by 2025, according to IDC.1

With SAP BTP, organizations build on top of each innovation block through data and database management, analytics, application development, integration, and extension. Each incremental change brings them closer to becoming intelligent enterprises characterized by providing differentiating value that goes beyond solely changing how a company operates or engages and serves customers.

To help organizations take advantage of this platform approach, we released the strategy white paper, “SAP Business Technology Platform: The Platform for the Intelligent Enterprise.” The paper details how organizations can meet the challenges of digital transformation with the unified, business-centric, and open design of SAP BTP. In%20a%20nutshell%3A%20New%20SAP%20Business%20Technology%20Strategy%20Paper

In a nutshell: New SAP Business Technology Strategy Paper

Shed old ideas, define new differentiation

The capabilities that business leaders, as indicated in the IDC study, seek are found in SAP BTP. The platform enables our customers to go beyond establishing connectivity across their SAP systems and consolidating those technologies to integrate core processes and data with third-party applications and their own innovations.

Take, for example, our customer base from the healthcare industry. Confronted with unprecedented demand, depleting inventory, and rapid change, healthcare organizations needed to deliver vital products and services to patients and hospitals on time. This critical function required stock to be replenished reliably and continuously.

By leveraging SAP BTP, our customers gained holistic insights into internal activity and planning data and external trends, weather, and institutional data. The platform brought their data together from different sources, creating a data-rich pool for insight derived from real-time analytics and automation of parts of the supply chain.

Through this digital initiative, we see healthcare providers worldwide change the foundational structure of how they operate their facilities with a unified, business-centric, and open platform enabled by SAP BTP. But, more importantly, they can give their patients and their families the peace of mind of exceptional and undisrupted care.


Prepare for a dramatic shift in digital transformation potential

For most companies, this shift from pure digitization to true digital transformation will not happen overnight. Instead, it requires strategic planning, education, and commitment to yield the differentiation that can define future business success.

To help your business and IT leadership get started, SAP is offering the strategy paper, “SAP Business Technology Platform: The Platform for the Intelligent Enterprise,” to provide advice, best practices, and insight on how your organization can:

  • Integrate processes end to end within and beyond your SAP solution landscape
  • Create value from massive volumes of enterprise data
  • Innovate products, services, and experiences with the extensibility of capabilities and technologies

Additionally, you’ll gain an overview of how SAP BTP and its portfolio of solutions and services empower users to respond to challenges quickly and keep looking ahead – all with one unified, business-centric, and open platform.

We hope you find this information valuable as you begin to radically realign your business’s mindset and strategy for true digital transformation.


  1. IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Digital Transformation 2021 Predictions,” Doc # US46880818, October 2020.

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      Author's profile photo Terry Green
      Terry Green

      Digitalisation is an amazing process that really boosts a great number of spheres