First blog post of 2021. It’s good to be back 🙂 And it’s also good to be back with a long-awaited product update. For those of you familiar with the SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) cockpit, you’ve certainly come across our “double” marketplace situation. On the one hand, services were available in the Service Marketplace. On the other, applications were listed under Subscriptions. The question was raised several times (both internally and externally): Why can’t we access all these resources in one place? A consolidated catalog, if you will. Well folks, as of February 15, you can!
When you first log in to your trial account, you’ll be greeted with the following message:
Welcome to the new marketplace for all services & applications you can access on SAP BTP cockpit.
New Service Marketplace overview page
Now, let’s dive into the details!
New Discovery & Consumption Experience
In the new Service Marketplace, you’ll not only find all resources you can consume from your account, you’ll also have enhanced filters that will allow you to narrow down your search.
New filter by type in Service Marketplace
The filter can also be used to see if you have any active resources (as in, created service instances or subscriptions):
Filter by status to see active resources
From this view, you can also deep dive into the service details and see, for example, which service or application plans are available. Let’s say you search for Transport Management, when you click on the tile, you will see:
Transport Management overview page with all plans
Once you’ve reviewed this information and you know what you want, you can simply click Create to open the wizard. You can select whether you want to create a service instance (by selecting a service plan) or create an application subscription (by selecting an app plan).
Consolidated creation wizard with plan drop-down
You can also create an instance or subscription directly from the plan using the 3 dots at the end of the table. Doing it this way means the wizard is prepopulated with the plan information.
Create service instance from plan
Creation wizard for service instance
Now, after you have successfully created either an instance or a subscription, you’ll probably want to view it and manage the resources running on your account. A pop-up at the end of the wizard lets you go directly to the new Instances and Subscriptions page, which as the name suggests, is a consolidated view of your service instances, and application subscriptions. This page is used for viewing and managing your active resources. From here you can perform actions, such as, bind services instances, create service keys or open your applications.
Available actions for service instance
Let’s say you closed the pop-up without realizing it (can’t say it has not happened to me several times), you have a few options here:
Go to Instances & Subscriptions from the left-hand menu and see an overview of everything currently active. Right next to your app name, you’ll see an icon that allows you to go directly to the application.
New Instances and Subscriptions overview page
Click on Go to Application to open the app directly
Go to Application from Transport Management overview page in Service Marketplace
Click on the service instance link
Service instance link
You can also just as easily delete resources:
Delete service instance from Instances and Subscriptions overview page
Delete application subscription from overview page in Service Marketplace
There is also one added feature, I wanted to share. For applications, it’s necessary to assign roles that in turn provide access rights to users. For example, for Transport Management, you need at least the Viewer role to access the app. From the overview page (in Instances & Subscription), you’ll see you have a Role tab. From this tab, you can add the necessary roles to your Role Collections, so users can access the application.
Add Viewer role from app subscription overview page
The new Service Marketplace is where you can find all your available resources (be that services or applications)
You manage all your resources from the Instances & Subscriptions page
You have a unified creation wizard for both services & applications
Enhanced filters allow you to narrow down your search
Important actions, like Create & Go to Application are easily and readily accessible
This update is also available on the SAP BTP trial (as you might have seen from my screenshots), so feel free to explore and test out this new functionality. Feedback is of course welcome!
FYI: In case you want more information on the latest branding updates, check out sap.com for more details.
Until next time! 🙂
Note that product screenshots were created before our branding changes related to SAP technology announced in January 2021 were reflected in the cockpit.