Architecting Solutions with SAP Business Technology Platform | Book Review
Good news for the SAP architect!
Packt just published Architecting Solutions with SAP Business Technology Platform, an architectural guide to integrating, extending, and innovating enterprise solutions using SAP BTP (October, 2022).
In this post, a brief review.
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From the Store
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- Architecting Solutions with SAP Business Technology Platform | Packt
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Packt even offers to read the book for free when you sign up for their online library (trial).
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
For Serdar Simsekler (assuming LinkedIn profiles are up-to-date), this book is his first publication. Co-author Eric Du has published an e-book with SAP PRESS before. Both are seasoned SAP professionals and decades of experience working with SAP technology clearly manifests in the book.
Serdar started his career as ABAP developer and SAP IT consultant and is currently employed by Deloitte as Senior Manager, SAP Technical/Enterprise Architect.
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).
Judging the Cover by the Book
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
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.
|You can read the first chapter of the book on the Packt website.|
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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