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In today’s business world, adding scope and reach to a company translates to extending core processes through innovative differentiation. SAP’s short answer for that is to use S/4HANA as the digital core of the enterprise and expanding it in unique ways with innovations powered by SAP Cloud Platform.

The platform brings SAP’s powerful SAP Leonardo technologies (including IoT, Machine Learning, Big Data, Blockchain, and beyond-ERP Analytics) to your innovation toolbox, allowing you to invent and improve business capabilities without fragmenting your overall landscape into pools of redundant data.

SAP Cloud Platform is SAP’s Platform-as-a-Service offering that can scale out indefinitely based on processing load, enabling agile and highly responsive solutions at the same time – all while keeping the core SAP system intact and taking the functionality of the digital core to new and beyond-enterprise constituencies in the cloud.

With this blog, we will start to highlight what implications this strategy bears for customers and our partner ecosystem and how you can be successful in it with the SAP S/4HANA Cloud Software Development Kit (SDK).

Please also check it out right away under: http://www.sap.com/s4sdk

S/4HANA extensions on SAP Cloud Platform - merging the cloud and subscription model with rock-solid ERP technology

First, let’s consider how the SAP Cloud Platform changes the way how S/4HANA extensions are built and consumed: S/4HANA extensions built on SAP Cloud Platform are publicly discoverable and available for consumption in the SAP App Center.

For our customers, this makes the process of finding, buying and getting software easier than ever. These solutions provide intelligent endpoints for S/4HANA, which can be managed independently, based on their own lifecycles.

For partners, this constitutes an opportunity to take their wealth of domain experience ‘from project to product’ and enter the as-a-service market. By creating S/4HANA solution offerings on SAP Cloud Platform, partners can apply new subscription-based business models, generating new revenue streams.

Now let's consider how the SAP S/4HANA Cloud SDK gets you there.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud SDK is the partner’s toolset to industrialize the creation of extensions for S/4HANA

While the SAP Cloud Platform provides the developer with a choice of languages, it is important to understand that, when building for the Cloud, the consideration of the language to use needs to be taken in conjunction with a decision for the architecture of the solution.

So, whereas node.js, Java and (forthcoming in 2018) ABAP workloads can be processed by the SAP Cloud Platform, state-of-the-art SaaS development depends on achieving cloud qualities, which in turn is linked to languages supporting elastic scale-out behavior such as, for instance, Java and node.js.

On top of these architectural considerations, partners need to consider how to establish maximum quality and productivity, and this is where SAP S/4HANA Cloud SDK comes in: The SDK is SAP’s strategic toolset for the development of SaaS apps based on the modern microservices architecture paradigm and meeting the industry’s "Twelve-Factor App” standards.

It is generally available, released to customers, partners and the developer community in general at TechEd 2017 in Las Vegas this September, and generating a true buzz in our ecosystem.

The SAP S/4HANA Cloud SDK enables development efficiency and high-quality standards in the software development and delivery process. By using the SDK, our partners can easily build enterprise grade software, that is resilient, secure and elastic. It allows achieving much faster development cycles within which enticing new features are continuously delivered in an agile way.

Since customers can download partner applications at any time, independent of S/4HANA release cycles, the SDK dramatically reduces our partners’ time to value. It massively reduces technical entrance barriers for digital inventors and cloud natives.

With SAP S/4HANA Cloud SDK, partners can focus like never before on writing the business logic that is based on domain knowledge. All technological components that are available to partners in the business suite landscape management world are provided as platform services.

Stay tuned for more information and do not miss to visit us during the SAP Teched events and look out for the S/4Cloud SDK experts.

Follow us via @Sap and #S4HANA, or myself via @SDenecken
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