Join this free online course to learn and experience how SAP Cloud Platform works. If you’re interested in developing and operating innovative cloud applications, learn how SAP Cloud Platform and its capabilities and services can support you to achieve your goals. Since its introduction in 2012, [SAP Cloud Platform][1] has been continually improved and additional functionality has been delivered. In this basics course, you’ll get an overview of the platform in its most up-to-date state yet, including the [Cloud Foundry][2]-based offering. [1]: "EXTERNAL" [2]: "EXTERNAL"
Language: English

Course information

Course Summary

SAP Cloud Platform is the enterprise platform-as-a-service, with comprehensive application development services and capabilities. It enables customers to achieve business agility, create a truly integrated and optimized enterprise, and accelerate digital transformation across the business – all without the requirement of maintaining or investing in on-premise infrastructure.

Since its introduction in 2012, SAP Cloud Platform has been continually improved and additional functionality has been delivered. In this basics course, you’ll get an overview of the platform in its most up-to-date state yet, including the Cloud Foundry-based offering.

In week 1, we’ll start with a theoretical introduction to SAP Cloud Platform, its value proposition and use cases. We’ll also cover its architecture, capabilities, and data center strategy. This part of the course is especially interesting for IT decision makers, but should also be valuable for application developers and operation experts as it provides a broad understanding of the platform. In the following weeks, we’ll go deeper into applications, persistence, connectivity, and security, with theory and practice. In the final week, we’ll cover the IoT and Mobile Services offering, as well as the new services for Workflow and Business Rules.

This course is applicable to learners with all levels of knowledge about SAP Cloud Platform. Even if you’ve joined a previous version of this course or other courses about SAP Cloud Platform before, this course should be interesting for you because for the first time, it also covers our Cloud Foundry-based offering, as well as some new services like the offering for Workflow and Business Rules.

The registration, learning content, and final exam are free of charge. You’ll be able to get some practical experience of the platform by using a free trial account. We’ll explain how you can access this at the start of the course.

Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: Overview
Week 2: Applications
Week 3: Persistence
Week 4: Connectivity
Week 5: Security
Week 6: Additional Services
Week 7: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • Developer
  • Application consultant
  • Technology consultant
  • Administrator

Course Requirements

  • Basic programming skills, ideally in Java and JavaScript
  • Basic knowledge of how to use an IDE, ideally Eclipse
  • No prior experience with SAP Cloud Platform necessary

Development Systems

If your primary interest in taking this course is getting a technical overview of the development-related capabilities of SAP Cloud Platform, you do not need access to a development system. However, we realize that many of you will be interested in experimenting with the platform and developing your own code, based on the instructions in the course.

You can register for your own free trial account for SAP Cloud Platform. We’ll also explain how to do this at the start of the course. There are a few restrictions for the free trial account, but you’ll be able to follow the course without any problems, as the instructor will use the same system as you.

Changes to Hands-on Systems

SAP Cloud Platform has started its evolution into a true business technology platform, focusing on providing business services. The platform will provide openness and freedom of choice by partnering with hyper-scaler champions for commodity technical services. As a first step towards this strategic goal, starting July 15, 2019, SAP announced the retirement of SAP managed open-source backing services offerings – PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Redis, and RabbitMQ – from SAP Cloud Platform pricelists.
This change will affect your platform trial experience, which you might be using to complete the hands-on exercises in this course. A good trial always gives users a taste of what to expect when they go productive on the platform. With this rationale in mind, the trial or ‘dev’ plan offerings for the 4 open-source backing services will also be discontinued from new trial accounts and trial extensions created beyond July 15th. You can find out more in this blog on SAP Community.

About Further Content Experts

Hariprasauth R

Hariprasauth R

Hariprasauth R is a technical product manager in the SAP Cloud Platform (SAP CP) Core area, focusing on the core platform area and enabling partners, customers, and developers.
He is an Open Source enthusiast, a regular attendee at conferences and partner workshops, and an active member of SAP Community.

Hari @SAP Community
Hari @Twitter

Liat Borenshtein

Liat Borenshtein

Liat Borenshtein is a senior software developer in the SAP Cloud Experience team. Liat has over 10 years of experience in developing software, and has been a part of the SAP Web IDE team since 2015.

Liat @SAP Community

Manjunath Baburao

Manjunath Baburao

Manjunath Baburao is a product manager in the SAP Cloud Platform (SAP CP) Core area, focusing on data management topics like SAP HANA, SAP ASE, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, and object storage on SAP CP. He is also an SAP Cloud Platform Community moderator, social media moderator for @sapcp on Twitter, and the SAP CP podcast host for the APJ region.

Manjunath @SAP Community

Martin Grasshoff

Martin Grasshoff

Martin Grasshoff is an area product manager for Mobile technologies in SAP Cloud Platform UxP. His focus topics include the evangelization of Mobile and the enablement of developers on the customer and partner side.
His development background and strong communication skills are a proven asset for customers and developers.

Martin @SAP Community
Martin @Twitter

Matthieu Pelatan

Matthieu Pelatan

Matthieu Pelatan is a product manager for SAP Cloud Platform, focusing on end-to-end scenarios to extend SAP S/4HANA and SAP Business Suite with SAP Cloud Platform.

Matthieu @SAP Community
Matthieu @Twitter

Martin Raepple

Martin Raepple

Martin Raepple is the chief security expert for SAP Cloud Platform, and is responsible for the security roadmap and managing the product backlog for the development teams.
Prior to taking on this role, Martin represented SAP on international standard bodies. Before joining SAP in 2005, he held positions with IBM as an IT architect and consultant.
Martin has over 20 years of experience in applying information security in a wide range of industries, speaks frequently at international conferences, and has authored books, security standards, and articles.

Raz Korn

Raz Korn

Raz Korn is a product manager in the SAP Cloud Experience team, focusing on SAP Web IDE. He has over 15 years of experience in product management, driving go-to-market and customer activities and working in close contact with the development teams on the feedback.

Raz @SAP Community
Raz @Twitter

Santosh Kikkeri

Santosh Kikkeri

Santosh Kikkeri is a product manager for Build, where his focus is on helping SAP customers and partners design better experiences for their end users.
Santosh joined SAP in 2006 as a Basis consultant. Since then, he has held variety of roles, such as production project lead, program manager, and customer success evangelist.

Stephan Schluchter

Stephan Schluchter

Stephan Schluchter is a product manager for SAP Cloud Platform Workflow and SAP Cloud Platform Business Rules. His focus is on enabling customers, partners, and colleagues on these services.
Stephan has more than 10 years of experience in the BPM domain, and is a regular speaker at international conferences.

Stephan @SAP Community
Stephan @Twitter.

Udo Paltzer

Udo Paltzer

Udo Paltzer is a product manager for SAP Cloud Platform Internet of Things and Integration. He is also a central contact person for IoT and Integration for various SAP user groups such as DSAG , ASUG, and the International Focus Group for Integration.

Previous Version of This Course

Previous version of this course is available here:
- SAP HANA Cloud Platform Essentials (May 10 through June 29, 2016)
- SAP HANA Cloud Platform Essentials (Repeat) (February 07 through March 29, 2017)

Course contents

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  • Final Exam:

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Course End
Oct 25, 2017
Course Start
Sep 05, 2017


This course was rated with 4.28 stars in average from 1124 votes.

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a record of achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a confirmation of participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

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This course is offered by

Sven Kohlhaas

Sven Kohlhaas is a product manager for SAP Cloud Platform and SAP HANA, focusing on evangelization and the enablement of developers from customers and partners.

He is an active member on the SAP Community, speaker at conferences, and has also held numerous workshops and hackathons around SAP Cloud Platform and SAP HANA in the past.

Sven @SAP Community
Sven @Twitter
Sven @LinkedIn

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