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Demystifying SAP Business Technology Platform: A Guide to its Role in the Intelligent Enterprise

June 19, 2024

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In today’s fast-changing business world, being quick and using data for decisions is important. SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) is a powerful tool for businesses that want to do this. It has lots of advantages that can change how businesses work, come up with new ideas, and get useful information from their data.

 

What is SAP Business Technology Platform?

SAP BTP is a platform that puts together database management, analytics, app development, and integration services. It’s like the base for making, expanding, and connecting business apps in the cloud. With SAP BTP, you get one place to use technologies like AI, machine learning, IoT, and advanced analytics for business growth.

 

Benefits of SAP BTP

Here are different ways SAP Business Technology Platform can help you build an intelligent enterprise:

 

1. It provides a unified platform for different needs.

Imagine having all your tools for building apps, managing data, and using smarts like AI all in one place. That’s what SAP BTP does. This saves businesses the hassle of juggling a bunch of different programs and makes it easier to build and use new applications.

Another great thing about SAP BTP is how well it connects everything together. It can connect to any SAP software a business already uses, no matter if it’s on the cloud or on their own computers. It can even connect to programs that aren’t from SAP! This helps businesses see all their data and processes together, so they can work better across the whole organization.

 

2. It offers cloud-powered scalability and security.

Businesses are increasingly turning to cloud-based solutions for their everyday operations. SAP BTP takes advantage of this trend by using the infrastructure of leading cloud service providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). This brings several advantages to businesses.

Firstly, SAP Business Technology Platform is built on a reliable foundation. Because it leverages these major cloud providers, it can handle demanding tasks and keep things running smoothly, even for businesses with complex needs. This translates to high availability and performance, critical factors for any company that relies on technology.

Secondly, SAP BTP makes it easy for businesses to scale their operations. Unlike traditional systems that require upfront investment in hardware, SAP BTP allows businesses to adjust their cloud resources up or down based on their current needs. This saves money as companies only pay for what they use. It also simplifies IT management as there’s no need to constantly worry about maintaining physical equipment.

Finally, security is a major concern for businesses moving to the cloud. SAP BTP addresses this by running on secure cloud environments that meet strict enterprise-grade standards. These cloud providers have robust security protocols in place, giving businesses peace of mind that their data and applications are well-protected.

 

3. It speeds up innovation.

With SAP Business Technology Platform, you can make custom apps without needing to be coding experts, which means everyone can get involved in coming up with new ideas. It offers ready-made ways to connect things together and organize data, making it quicker to build apps and ensuring they follow the best methods.

The tool also helps businesses be more innovative by letting them add AI and automation to their apps. This means you can automate repetitive jobs, make smarter decisions using data, and give users more personalized experiences.

 

4. It transforms information into actionable knowledge.

In today’s world, understanding lots of data is important. SAP BTP helps businesses do that by giving them lots of tools for managing and analyzing data. You can bring all your data together from different places, clean it up, and use advanced tools to find useful insights.

One big advantage is being able to see what’s happening in real time. You can easily get a complete picture of what’s going on, spot trends, and make smart decisions quickly based on the latest info. This helps your business stay flexible and react fast to changes in the market.

 

Real-World Examples and Success Stories from Companies Using SAP BTP

If you’re wondering how the platform can be applied to real-life situations, look at some companies that used it and the results they got:

 

UNIPER

Uniper is a big company that sells electricity, heat, and natural gas around the world. They have a lot of power plants, some that use water (hydroelectric) and some that burn gas.

Managing all their systems and processes is quite tedious. They need easy access and lots of automation. They also want to be on the cutting edge, using the cloud and staying flexible for new business needs.

To make their business smoother and more modern, Uniper chose SAP Business Technology Platform.¹ They also got help from the SAP Active Attention program. With SAP BTP, they could expand and connect their existing SAP apps, like ERP, Ariba, and SuccessFactors.

The solutions they got from SAP BTP, like collaboration and automation, helped them handle remote work requests 70 percent faster, cut HR compliance and tax risks by 25 percent, and speed up procurement approvals by 80 percent.

 

THAMES WATER

Thames Water provides over seven billion liters of water and wastewater daily in the Thames Valley. They wanted to make retail and finance tasks easier, so they could work better, help customers more, and talk to them faster. They used SAP Build Process Automation to do this.²

Now, they can send thousands of letters to customers each week without doing it manually. This means customers know what’s happening quickly. The letters are always right, with no mistakes.

Another good thing is it keeps their main computer system organized. This fits with their plan to simplify things. They can add new processes alongside their main systems, which makes it easier to update and use extra features. This helps with maintenance and means they can keep using their automation when they switch to a new system. They can also change how the automation works without changing the main system, which keeps everything safe and follows the rules.

 

NESTLÉ

Nestlé is a huge food and beverage company, selling over a billion products every day and operating in 188 countries with over 2,000 brands. Their business is always changing as the world changes, especially with digital shopping growing fast.

To keep up, Nestlé chose RISE with SAP, a package that includes software, industry know-how, and services to move their important systems to the cloud.³ They also use SAP Business Technology Platform to add new features to SAP SuccessFactors, like handling big hiring waves during busy times.

Switching to RISE with SAP has helped Nestlé a lot. They moved to the cloud quickly and saved money while making their apps more secure and following the rules better. They also made their IT systems simpler, with hardly any downtime – just a few minutes instead of hours. Using SAP BTP, they can get new digital stuff up and running ten times faster than before, which makes their business more flexible and saves time on IT.

 

RASO360 CAN HELP YOU GET STARTED ON SAP BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM

Figuring out SAP BTP on your own can be challenging but Raso360 is here to make it easier! We’ll work with you to find out how SAP BTP can help your business the most and make a plan that aligns with your unique goals and existing infrastructure.

Our IT experts will help you with everything and be there whenever you need us, so your business can keep going smoothly. Get in touch today for a free consultation!

 

References

  1. “Uniper: Extending, automating, and innovating processes from the plant to the field to HR” SAP Customer Stories, Accessed 22 April 2024, www.sap.com/africa/asset/dynamic/2022/08/72ce9cd2-6c7e-0010-bca6-c68f7e60039b.html.
  2. “Thames Water: Automating core business processes to improve delivery of life’s essential service” SAP Customer Stories, Accessed 22 April 2024, www.sap.com/africa/asset/dynamic/2024/01/02e25a97-a57e-0010-bca6-c68f7e60039b.html.
  3. “Nestlé S.A.: Achieving a global cloud transformation” SAP Customer Stories, Accessed 22 April 2024, www.sap.com/africa/about/customer-stories/nestle.html.

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