It’s not difficult to become confused when it comes to talking about SAP’s cloud offerings. Hana Cloud Platform → SAP Cloud Platform → SAP Business Technology Platform. What does it all mean, how can I use it, where do I sign up for it, and what’s available for me to do with it? These are all questions we receive from our customers on a daily basis these days. Luckily, I now have an even better answer for them when they ask. What is that answer you ask? The simple answer is actually another question and that’s: “Have you checked out the SAP Discovery Center yet?”
The SAP Discovery Center is a relatively new site hosted by SAP for people with exactly these questions. I can only assume after months of partners giving feedback around how confusing it is to take customers through these cloud topics, did this site get created, and frankly, I’m impressed! In this blog, let’s take a quick tour of what’s available.
The SAP Discovery Center website is located HERE
Upon logging in with your SAP Universal ID, you’re welcomed with a personal message and a crisp, clear, fun design of where this site can take you. Apparently not only to the cloud, but into the great beyond of space based on the icons. Get ready to blast off into missions, sign up for satellite services, master your directional abilities in the control center, and/or simply Get Started with some helpful videos.
At a basic level there are 2 main themes of this site. The first is Missions. Missions are guided lessons, training, and tutorials to get you started into SAP BTP. For example, the first thing that shows up for me in the featured content area upon logging in is: “Getting Started on SAP Business Technology Platform”.
Upon launching the mission, you are greeted with multiple tabs of information. In our Getting Started with BTP example, you see a guided use case as an overview of the mission. In the upper right hand corner, the Start Mission button. Upon clicking the start mission button you will be prompted to start a new mission or join an existing mission.
From here, you have guided steps to complete to walk through and finish the mission. The progress bar tells you how far along you are within the mission and what phase of the mission you’re in.
The second main theme of the site is Services. In the services area, you are welcome to browse through the different types of services you can/should enable in your SAP Business Technology Platform AND estimate any costs that would be associated with doing so. If you’re logged in and synced correctly with your customer account, any partnership/customer status will show up for correct pricing information based on your level of services in your SAP Agreements.
When looking through services, the biggest question we get asked is what exactly is included in the SAP BTP Free Tier for customers. Luckily enough, that is one of the categories you can filter by in the left hand categories bar. Once you filter to this, you can clearly see all of the services that belong to the SAP BTP Free Tier. I think if SAP looks at usage statistics of this site (perhaps they can implement our Fiori App Analyzer HERE: ;) ), they’ll see this is a very popular filter!
I’ll leave it at that at the moment, but what I really wanted to convey here is the steps SAP is making to answer very common questions around SAP BTP that both partners and customers have been asking since Sapphire this year. I think this is a great start into easily explaining what can be done, with guided tutorials, use cases, and example customer stories. Kudos to SAP and from the bottom of my SAP consulting solution advisor heart, thank you!