Cloud-Native Development with SAP Cloud Platform

Join this free online course, Cloud-Native Development with SAP Cloud Platform, to learn and experience how microservice-based cloud native development with SAP Cloud Platform works. This is an advanced course aimed primarily at developers and application and technology consultants, teaching hands-on the important concepts of developing innovative cloud applications.

This course was retired in October 2023.

Please note: This course has been replaced by the SAP Learning Journey: Building side-by-side extensions on SAP BTP | SAP Learning site.

Self-paced since May 30, 2018
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

Course information


This course was retired in October 2023.

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.

In this new advanced course, you’ll learn how to develop microservice-based cloud-native applications with SAP Cloud Platform through hands-on exercises. You’ll be working primarily with the Cloud Foundry environment within SAP Cloud Platform and many of its open-source services to develop step-by-step a Java-based application that is made for the cloud.

We’ll start with a theoretical introduction to SAP Cloud Platform and microservice architectures. We will also cover Spring basics and introduce the sample application with which we will be working throughout the course for the hands-on exercises. In the following weeks, we’ll go deeper into how to create a microservice, how to connect a database, how to handle logging and tracing, as well as service-to-service communication, how to ensure security, and additional topics like multitenancy, continuous integration and delivery, Spring Boot and advanced microservice design. In between we will also cover topics like REST services, stateless apps, Cloud Foundry as a platform, unit and component testing, and much more. In the hands-on exercises we will start based on an empty shell application and build a full real-world cloud application. The optional system preparation with instructions on setting up the development environment and some information to get started will open two weeks before the actual course start.

This advanced course is primarily aimed at developers and application and technology consultants who have already finished the openSAP course SAP Cloud Platform Essentials (Update Q3/2017) and want to learn more. For the first time, we’ll cover in-depth microservice architectures and the open-source services of the Cloud Foundry environment within SAP Cloud Platform, and how to leverage them to build cloud-native applications.

As this course focuses in detail on the app level, the backend and how to offer REST services, topics like building SAP Fiori UIs with SAPUI5 are not covered. To learn about those topics please have a look at the great openSAP courses Developing Web Apps with SAPUI5 and SAP Fiori for iOS - Build Your First Native Mobile App.
Also, database development for SAP HANA is not covered in this course, please refer to the openSAP course Software Development on SAP HANA (Update Q4/2017) to learn more about that.

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 in the System Preparation.

Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: April 10, 2018, 09:00 UTC. (What does this mean?)
  • System Preparation: Opening 2 weeks earlier, on March 27, 2018 (optional)
  • Duration: 6 weeks (6 – 8 hours per week)
  • Final exam: May 22, 2018, 09:00 UTC – May 30, 2018, 09:00 UTC
  • Course language: English
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Course Content

Week 0: System Preparation
Week 1: Fundamentals
Week 2: Microservices
Week 3: Persistence
Week 4: Service-to-Service Communication
Week 5: Security
Week 6: Additional Topics
Week 7: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • Developer
  • Application consultant
  • Technology consultant

Course Requirements

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.

For this course a preconfigured virtual machine image is provided and its use is recommended if you want to follow along with the hands-on exercises. The setup is provided and explained in Week 0: System Preparation.

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

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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

Juergen Heymann

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Dr. Juergen Heymann is a chief development expert in the central Software Engineering department at SAP, where he is involved in advanced training for developers and quality engineers. After working in the USA for 5 years, he joined SAP in 1995 and worked as a developer and architect in various areas. His latest focus is on developing fast ramp-up courses for cloud-native development.

“Cloud native development poses a lot of new and interesting challenges. This course offers a quick start for microservice development.”

Krishna Kumar S

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Krishna Kumar S is a senior developer at P&I Technology. He joined SAP in 2008, and started his career as a developer working on a number of integration projects.

Krishna’s current areas of expertise include SAP Cloud Platform and SAPUI5.

Course contents

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  • System Preparation (Optional)

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    Service-to-Service Communication
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    Additional Topics
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  • Final Exam:

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Course End
May 30, 2018
Course Start
Apr 10, 2018


This course was rated with 4.36 stars in average from 297 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

Nena Raab

Nena Raab, chief developer of the course content, started her career in software engineering in Extreme Programming research. Since then, her work has focused on bringing the latest technologies and development practices to numerous product areas.

In SAP’s Agile Software Engineering initiative, she was one of the key players, focusing on test automation and team coaching. 

“I’m passionate about learning – and sharing whatever I have learned so that you can use it in your daily work.”

Robert Girts

Robert Girts is a senior developer for SAP Cloud Platform Security, currently focusing on application security for Java web applications running on Cloud Foundry, as well as enabling application developers to build security into their products from the very beginning of the development lifecycle.

Before joining SAP in 2010, Robert worked for 20 years as an SAP developer and consultant for SAP customers.

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