The growing edge of technology within the business sector is not far away from transforming an enterprise into an intelligent enterprise. This transformation needs to be based on a foundation called Business Technology Platform.
Customers see an enterprise as a whole functional unit. So, there is a need for a fundamental business layer in order to become an intelligent enterprise. This layer works as a Business Technology Platform.
The Business Technology Platform is simply a group of assets that includes database components along with embedded analytics. This does not end here, but a combination of components artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and robotic process automation (RPA) are also included. All this is done at the SAP business technology cloud platform by incorporating 4 main technology portfolios. The intelligent technologies, analytics, application development, and database management together extend the SAP applications quickly and also compose end-to-end business processes.
SAP has an intelligence suite of applications that horizontally arrange all the components in the Business Technology Platform. This suite works as an industry cloud to ensure the best service delivery to the customers and their experience. This allows the customers to understand the SAP technology, the contextual data included in it, the way it works on the core business, and how to extract high value from the investments in the SAP.
One interesting thing about this platform is that it is open to citizen developers and community developers that makes the environment worth investing in. The highly interacting session allows all the developers to take the value of SAP’s core business processes.
The point here is to discuss the two most important things with SAP Business Technology Platform and these are process excellence and data excellence. This allows the developers and customers to have access to all the data, information, and content within and outside the enterprise. The most interesting thing here comes with the unlocking of all the hidden yet existing data and making it useful, sorry highly useful for everyone. This suggests that SAP Business Technology Platform is for both partners and the customers to allow them to amplify the value of SAP across all the industries.
The SAP has evolved over the years and gained the efficiency to change according to the applications depending on the different environments they are running in. The result is now the SAP software and services are now easily running across diverse infrastructure and hyper-scale environments.
Another important thing to be considered for making the Business Technology Platform successful is to ensure the platform is open to all the developers. As all the direct customers always demand a robust environment, the innovations of every partner will be safe in this bulletproof environment. The exciting point to be noted here is its ever-expanding set of services that not only focus on current requirements but are also developed to change and evolve according to future needs.
The evolving platform of SAP is a living process that does not only allow the customers to have access to SAP data but also to externally generated Big Data, that too a trusted one.
Coming to the critical areas that SAP’s Business Technology Platform is focused on, the three most concerned areas are process extensions, process integration, and data excellence. This will be done using integrated components, tools, and services by the business users as well as the developer.
When SAP CTO and Executive Board member Juergen Mueller directly connected with the customers to understand their needs, customers highlighted quick time to value and agility were as their top priorities. Here Mueller showed his concern against the technology as the need for agility is highly important during the COVID-19 pandemic. So, the SAP Business Technology Platform is designed to handle all the business volatility, data ubiquity, and IT complexities.
Coming to an example of the live application of SAP Business Technology Platform, it can be seen at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas where the platform is combined with Qualtrics XM Platform. This is helping the health organization to plan according to the patient capacity and its sufficiency during this COVID-19 crisis.
The SAP Business Technology Platform works on a hybrid landscape, in the cloud as well as on premise. All of these together help the companies to:
- Handle various data stores in real-time
- Using SAP Cloud Platform Extension Suite and SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite to extend and integrate the applications across all the landscapes
- Using intelligent technologies for uninterrupted innovation
- Using SAP Data Warehouse Cloud solutions and SAP Analytics Cloud to analyze the data