SAP Cloud Platform Essentials (Update Q2/2019)

Join this free online course to learn about SAP Cloud Platform in its most up-to-date state, including the Cloud Foundry-based environment and the new SAP Cloud Application Programming Model. You’ll learn how to build an app and push it to Cloud Foundry, build a UI5 app, build an app with SAP Cloud Application Programming Model, build extensions with SAP Cloud Platform, and much more.

This course was retired in October 2023.

Please note: This course has been replaced by the SAP Learning Journey: Discovering SAP Business Technology Platform | SAP Learning site.

Self-paced since June 4, 2019
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

Course information


This course was retired in October 2023.

Course Summary

Users expect systems to work together and share data seamlessly to improve the end-to-end customer experience and transform workforce engagement. This is what we call the Intelligent Enterprise. SAP Cloud Platform is the digital platform inside the Intelligent Enterprise and plays a central role for customers to develop and run innovative software solutions. SAP Cloud Platform helps app developers to focus on their app’s functionality rather than spend time on the platform underneath.

In this new course, you’ll learn about the basic principles, the architecture, and the general capabilities of SAP Cloud Platform. You’ll learn about the services and databases available with SAP Cloud Platform and you’ll also get hands-on practice developing an app in the Cloud Foundry environment. Also, the new SAP Cloud Application Programming Model is explained, and hands-on exercises are given to you to experience the new and easier way to develop applications on top of SAP Cloud Platform. This is all done with SAP Web IDE, so no local installation of a development environment is needed.

This course contains brand new content and is relevant for learners with all levels of knowledge about SAP Cloud Platform, as it features the latest services and offerings of SAP Cloud Platform, including the new SAP Cloud Application Programming Model.

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

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  • “This entire course was very interesting and informative. Thanks to Sabrina Dick and all the OpenSAP team for their wonderful contribution and for sharing their knowledge. Thank you all, for teaching us about all the capabilities and benefits provided by the SAP Cloud Platform services platform. Now as a developer I have a greater knowledge of what SAP SCP offers about new technologies and innovation, which are adapted to the new challenges of today.” read the original post

  • “All lecture slides are clear and easy to understand. Screen video are also helpful and supportive for effective learning. I like short and clear lectures. We can study each unit by unit. Self tests also lead to be more emphasize and concentrate the lecture slide and lecture time.” read the original post

Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Your First Cloud Application
Week 3: SAP Cloud Application Programming Model
Week 4: Additional Services
Week 5: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • Developers
  • Application consultants
  • Technology consultants
  • Administrator

Course Requirements

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

Development System

If your primary interest in taking this course is getting a technical overview of the development-related capabilities of SAP Cloud Platform, you don’t 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 this onboarding process at the start of the course. There are a few restrictions for the free trial account, so you can’t perform all the steps shown in the demos during the course. But we’ll provide separate Hands-On documents for step-by-step guidance on what can be done with the free trial accounts.

Changes to Hands-on Systems

Dear Learners,
Some of the hands-on exercises for this openSAP course were designed to be used with SAP Cloud Platform Neo trial accounts. These accounts are no longer actively supported and as of November 2020 it is not possible to create new ones. Please note that the exercises may not work when using an SAP Cloud Platform multi-cloud trial account.

Further Learning

About Further Content Experts

Rui Nogueira

photo Rui Nogueira

Rui Nogueira is a product manager for SAP Cloud Platform, focusing on onboarding developers, customers, and partners. He has been with SAP for 15 years and is a frequent speaker at conferences and various SAP events.

Rui is an active member on SAP Community and was also the instructor for several other openSAP courses around SAP Cloud Platform.

Jürgen Adolf

photo Jürgen Adolf

Jürgen Adolf is a product manager for security functions and features in SAP Cloud Platform. He started his career at SAP 15 years ago, and helps customers get to know SAP’s security products and the security features we offer via our technology platform.

Jürgen also holds lectures and hands-on sessions at SAP and non-SAP conventions. He channels back the security requirements of SAP’s customers and the market to development.

Florian Wahl

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Florian Wahl is a product manager for SAP Cloud Platform, ABAP environment, the Platform as a Service for cloud applications written in ABAP. His main focus is on the latest ABAP innovations in the cloud and how customers and partners can make use of them.

Florian is responsible for various global rollout activities, including presentations at SAP events, user group meetings, trainings, and workshops.

Markus Richter

photo Markus Richter

Markus Richter is a senior product manager in the area of SAP Cloud Platform Core, where his focus is on connectivity, primarily the SAP Cloud connector.

Markus has appeared as a speaker at various conferences. In his former role, he was responsible for sports innovations, for example on SAP Cloud Platform.

Martin Grasshoff

photo Martin Grasshoff

Martin Grasshoff is an area product manager for SAP Cloud Platform Mobile Services and related products, running a team of highly experienced and technically capable product managers. He has a profound knowledge of mobility topics in general. ​ Martin is mainly responsible for the runtime and product-related aspects of Mobile Services. He also covers the recently released mobile back-end generator.​

Udo Paltzer

photo Udo Paltzer

Udo Paltzer is a product manager for SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite, focusing on SAP Cloud Platform Integration, API Management, and Open Connectors. He also has expert knowledge in SAP Process Orchestration and SAP Application Interface Framework.

As a product manager, Udo regularly gives presentations and holds workshops on SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite, as well as collecting requirements for SAP’s integration technology.

Christian Georgi

photo Christian Georgi

Christian Georgi is a development expert for SAP Cloud Platform, focusing on development with the SAP Cloud Application Programming Model.

For many years, Christian has been designing and developing tools in SAP Web IDE, SAP HANA studio, and Eclipse.

Boris Zarske

Photo Boris Zarske

Boris graduated in computer science and joined SAP in 1998. At SAP, he is as product manager responsible for DevOps and lifecycle management topics around SAP Cloud Platform. In addition, he has a broad experience with system provisioning topics and enterprise architecture.

Previous Version of This Course

Previous version of this course is available here:
SAP Cloud Platform Essentials (Update Q3/2017) (Sep 05, 2017 through Oct 25, 2017.)

Course contents

  • Course content no longer available

  • Week 1:

  • Week 2:

    Your First Cloud Application
  • Week 3:

    SAP Cloud Application Programming Model
  • Week 4:

    Additional Services
  • I Like, I Wish:

    We Love Your Feedback … And Want More
  • Final Exam:

    Good Luck!

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Course End
Jun 04, 2019
Course Start
Apr 29, 2019


This course was rated with 4.3 stars in average from 2104 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.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Sabrina Dick

Sabrina Dick is a product manager for SAP Cloud Platform, mainly focusing on data management topics on SAP Cloud Platform and the evangelization of customers and partners.​

She is a speaker at conferences regularly and has held numerous workshops around SAP Cloud Platform and Analytics in the past.​

Harini Gunabalan

Harini Gunabalan is a former senior product manager who left SAP in September 2021. In this position, she was responsible for driving the strategy and roadmap of SAP Cloud Identity Services. She focused on SAP Cloud Application Programming Model and the cloud infrastructure strategy of SAP BTP.
Harini is a regular speaker at various conferences, including SAP TechEd. She joined SAP in 2015 as a software engineer and holds a Masters degree in Distributed Software Systems from the Technical University of Darmstadt.

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Jires Sahakian Khongi

Jires Sahakian Khongi is a product manager for SAP Cloud Platform and is responsible for the topic SAP HANA extended application services, advanced model (XSA), the application platform on SAP HANA.

Jires also focuses on the SAP Cloud Application Programming Model (CAP), an integrated framework to efficiently and rapidly build enterprise services and applications in a full-stack development approach.