You are using SAP S/4HANA Cloud and you need to add a custom User Interface? Or maybe a feature related to your business case that goes beyond the built-in customization capabilities of the system?
SAP provides the capability to extend your 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 S/4HANA Cloud with the Business Technology Platform. BTP was formerly also called SAP Cloud Platform (SCP).
BTP is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offered by SAP. BTP offers the possibility to bring intelligent enterprise applications together with data management, analytics, integration and extension capabilities into one platform. In this blog, I will explain a bit more about the application development side of the business technology platform. More specific the Side-by-Side extensibility.
A Side-by-Side extension is a custom-developed and operated application, running next to an SAP S/4HANA Cloud system. Customers who use 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. Such extension applications will take advantage of the broad range of services offered by SAP BTP. This will help to keep the core clean by not disrupting and putting additional load on the system core.
Side-by-Side use cases
The extension use cases include:
ERP extensibility then and now
In this use case, the customer had the need to have a custom user interface that has the capability to view the analytics of all their sales orders of their SAP S/4HANA Cloud system. By extending SAP S/4HANA Cloud with we are able to achieve more than the built-in capabilities of the S/4HANA Cloud system and make use of the broad range of services offered by SAP BTP.
Registering an SAP S/4HANA Cloud system on BTP will make it so that the SAP S/4HANA Cloud system is extended/has an allowed connection with the BTP.
By using the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Extensibility service on BTP you can create secure API access for the BTP to use data from the SAP S/4HANA Cloud on a custom application.
When a custom application is created you can deploy this on the Business Technology Platform. The image below shows an example of a custom application for seeing all Sales orders. An analytic donut chart displays the revenue per sold to party. This application is deployed on BTP using the sales orders from an S/4HANA Cloud system.
In short, extending SAP S/4HANA Cloud on the BTP has many advantages:
By extending SAP S/4HANA Cloud with BTP we 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. This will bring innovation to the table.
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