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In this free online course, you’ll learn not only the theoretical key concepts and technologies of enterprise cloud platforms, but also conduct a practical exercise to apply some of your newly acquired knowledge by deploying a sample cloud-native application on SAP Business Technology Platform.

Self-paced since September 29, 2021
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

Course information

Course Summary

In this course, you’ll learn the key concepts of enterprise cloud computing. You don’t require much prior knowledge to attend the course and you’ll experience it like a student in the lecture hall. All the sessions were recorded during Prof. Hasso Plattner’s Trends and Concepts lecture at the HPI, 2020. Starting with the fundamental difference between cloud models ranging from IaaS to SaaS, through technical concepts such as containerization and workflow engines, and ending with an outlook into possible future directions, you’ll get a comprehensive overview of current developments in enterprise cloud computing. This background knowledge in a nutshell is complemented by a hands-on tutorial offering you insights into SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) and its Cloud Foundry and Kyma runtimes.

After completing this course, you’ll have developed a solid understanding of the fundamental approaches and technologies in cloud computing and have gained hands-on experience with the latest cloud environments in SAP Business Technology Platform.

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Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: August 24, 2021, 09:00 UTC. (What does this mean?)
  • Duration: 5 weeks, all weeks are open right from the start
  • Effort: 3-4 hours per week
  • Course assignment: You can take the course assignment at any time whilst the course is open.
  • Course closure: September 29, 2021, 9:00 UTC
  • Course language: English
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Course Content

Week 1: Trends on Enterprise Architecture
Week 2: Cloud Foundations
Week 3: Hands-on Business Technology Platform
Week 4: Composing Cloud Applications
Week 5: Course Assignment

Target Audience

To participate in this course, all you need is to be interested in cloud computing. You’ll also need a computer with Internet access and a modern browser.

Course Requirements

Some previous experience in programming and administration of cloud services will be helpful for the optional hands-on task.

Course contents

  • Week 1:

    Trends on Enterprise Architecture
  • Week 2:

    Cloud Foundations
  • Week 3:

    Hands-on Business Technology Platform
  • Week 4:

    Composing Cloud Applications
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  • Course Assignment:

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Course End
Sep 29, 2021
Course Start
Aug 24, 2021


This course was rated with 4.6 stars in average from 412 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

Juergen Mueller

Juergen Mueller is a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, leading the Technology and Innovation board area.

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), he is in charge of SAP’s overall platform and technology development, SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP). SAP BTP is a portfolio of integrated solutions that accelerate the transformation of data into business value. It includes database and data management, application development, integration and analytics, as well as intelligent technologies – from on-premise to the cloud.

Moreover, Juergen leads SAP’s overall innovation agenda and builds new business model and market-driven innovations supporting our customers’ goals and long-term growth strategies.

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Michael Perscheid

Dr. Michael Perscheid is the chair representative of Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) for Digital Engineering, University of Potsdam. His responsibilities include the general coordination and steering of teaching, research, project activities, and industry partnerships of the Enterprise Platform and Integration Concepts (EPIC) research group. This also includes managing and advising academic research teams at undergraduate, graduate, and PhD level. The group conducts ongoing research in the areas of in-memory data management, integration, and data-driven decision support for enterprise systems. While at HPI, Michael continues to work for SAP and strengthens the cooperation between university and industry.

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Ralf Teusner

Ralf Teusner is a research assistant in the Enterprise Platform and Integration Concepts research group of Professor Dr. Hasso Plattner, at the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering, University of Potsdam. His research area is centered around eLearning and MOOCs. His main focus is on the adoption of programming languages and concepts as well as the potential and influence of social interaction.

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Michael Ameling

Dr. Michael Ameling is head of Intelligent Enterprise and Cross Architecture | Technology & Innovation and reports directly to SAP’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Jürgen Müller. His team operationalizes the CTO function and orchestrates and executes SAP’s integration strategy. Michael leads the Intelligent Enterprise and Open Source programs. His global and diverse team also covers design, strategy, and product management for SAP Business Technology Platform.

Michael holds a doctoral degree in computer science and a diploma in media computer science from Dresden University of Technology. He joined SAP back in 2006 and was engaged in numerous research and cloud development projects.

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Patrick Schmidt

Patrick Schmidt heads the Business Process Management organization and is responsible for multiple domains: Workflow, Business Rules, Process Visibility, and Task Center. All domains have products and components available on-premise and in the cloud and in all major SAP platforms (Java, ABAP, and SAP HANA).

Patrick joined SAP in 1996 after graduating in Business and Computer Science in Karlsruhe and has held various roles including developer, project lead, and architect. He has been in his current role as vice president since 2008.

Alexander Rieder

Alexander Rieder is a development expert in the Business Technology Platform organization of SAP SE, located in Walldorf. His main focus is on the enablement and scenario validation of solutions built on SAP Business Technology Platform.

Vasu Chandrasekhara

Vasu Chandrasekhara studied physics and computer science and is currently a chief architect in the Business Technology Platform team at SAP, where he is deeply involved in cloud-native topics. He initiated the OSS Gardener project and is an advocate for open source within the company.

When not buying, tasting, or cooking chilies with a chef’s hat on, Vasu wears many professional hats by being engaged in various roles in the end-to-end process from innovating and developing to selling and implementing software.

Andreas Krause

Andreas Krause is an architect within SAP BTP Runtimes and Core. He has more than 10 years of experience in technical consulting, solution architecture, and enterprise architecture. During this time, Andreas has worked with a wide range of international customers, supporting them with implementation work as well as strategic advisory. Currently, the main focus of his work is the open-source project Kyma and SAP BTP Extension Suite.

Andreas is passionate about applying cloud-native technology to address complex business challenges and create new, exciting solutions that enable new business models and innovative ways of customer engagement.

Harald Schubert

Harald Schubert works as a chief development architect in the Business Process Management department at SAP. He has over 15 years of experience in building enterprise software, with a strong focus on workflow technology and cloud software development.

Karsten Schmidt

Dr. Karsten Schmidt is a chief architect at SAP, focusing on cloud, AI technologies, and business services. Providing business value by embedding and leveraging technologies is key for enterprise software. As the CTO for SAP AI, Karsten has a special interest in scaling and reusing AI technologies for SAP engineering units, customers, and partners.

Chaim Bendelac

Chaim Bendelac is vice president, Product for SAP Graph, a unified API for SAP-managed data. He has over 30 years of experience in technology leadership positions.

Prior to joining SAP, Chaim managed several teams as an engineering director and director of product management at Cisco Systems. He was the founder, general manager, and VP Engineering of InfoGear Technologies.