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Beyond customization: Enhancing SAP S/4HANA Cloud with SAP BTP

Are you using SAP S/4HANA Cloud and in need of adding a custom User Interface? Or maybe a feature related to your business case that goes beyond the built-in customization capabilities of the system?
Sandesh Kurumella
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SAP provides the capability to extend your SAP S/4HANA Cloud system, in order to connect it to other (external) systems. This is called Side-by-Side Extensibility and can be done by integrating SAP S/4HANA Cloud with the SAP Business Technology Platform.

But what is it exactly that you can do with SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP)?

SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) serves as a catalyst for digital transformation in your organization, allowing you to enhance your operations without cluttering your essential ERP infrastructure.

A platform that brings together application development, automation, data management, analytics, integration and AI capabilities into one unified environment optimized for SAP applications.

This platform addresses two distinct emerging trends. Firstly, it promotes the streamlining of your ERP backend, emphasizing the cultivation of a “clean core” system characterized by minimal customization and maximum flexibility. Secondly, BTP facilitates the extension, integration, and innovation of core business systems. Achieving this requires a harmonious blend of SAP and other cloud-native solutions, empowering businesses to convert their data into value.

Side-by-Side extensibility

The Side-By-Side Extensibility feature of SAP Business Technology Platform helps you to achieve a clean core.

The SAP Business Technology Platform and Side-By-Side Extensibility offer great opportunities for innovation and exploration. Customers who use the Side-by-Side Extensibility with the Business Technology Platform can build completely custom external applications in the BTP to read or post data to an S/4HANA Cloud without disrupting and putting additional load on the system core.

The SAP Business Technology Platform delivers Cloud services that seamlessly integrate with the SAP Core and provide the necessary differentiation for businesses. SAP Business Technology operates as a unified and accessible Platform as a Service (PaaS), it consolidates various functionalities into one public cloud platform, enabling customers to deploy their extensions while reducing reliance on Classic Extensibility.

Essential services of the SAP Business Technology Platform

App Development

  • SAP Build Apps
  • SAP Build Work Zone
  • SAP CAP framework
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  • SAP Integration Suite
  • Cloud Integration
  • API Management
  • Event Mesh
  • Open Connectors
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Data & Analytics

  • SAP Datasphere
  • SAP Analytics Cloud
  • SAP Hana Cloud


  • Build Process Automation
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  • SAP AI Core
  • SAP Document Information Extraction

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SAP BTP integrates seamlessly with SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud

SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) empowers IT professionals, business analysts and application developers to support automation, innovation and differentiation.

  • Create and automate S/4HANA Cloud with low-code tools to build workflows.
  • Using SAP Integration Suite, connect business processes with proven, prebuilt integrations and best practices.
  • Empower business users to adapt to business needs with intuitive, user-friendly tools.

Why would you extend S/4HANA Cloud with BTP?

Business Perspective

  • The benefit for the business perspective is the adaption of the standard processes to customers’ needs to bring innovation to the table. This will give a competitive advantage with custom-specific innovations for the specific business processes.
  • By integrating additional capabilities and services from BTP, such as advanced analytics, AI, and robotic process automation, businesses can streamline processes, optimize decision-making, and enhance operational efficiency. This will lead to cost savings, improved productivity, and better resource utilization across the enterprise.

IT perspective

  • The decoupling of extensions and tight integration with SAP. This makes that there will be a lower effort in software upgrades. Therefore, more upgrades can be realised thus faster innovation cycles.
  • Benefit from the automated integration
  • Scalable infrastructure and services that can accommodate the evolving needs of growing businesses. As your company might expand your operations, enter new markets, or introduce new products and services, you can rely on BTP to support your growth journey and scale your S/4HANA Cloud extensions accordingly.
  • Ensures security for accessing the extension applications

In short

By extending SAP S/4HANA Cloud with BTP, you can go beyond the built-in capabilities of the S/4HANA Cloud system and make use of the broad range of services offered by SAP BTP. Go to our SAP BTP solution page here.

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