SAP BTP, ABAP Environment: Development, Innovation, Operations

Take a moment to recall the first time you were learning to ride a bicycle. It was not a short video or a seminar that made you learn; it was most likely someone by your side, holding the bike, running along, and helping you at every step.


And you could trust that person’s abilities because they had already ridden the bicycle and, maybe, trained others as well. Their level of commitment and involvement made you overcome your fear of trying a whole new way of racing ahead.


When you decide to learn development in the SAP BTP, ABAP environment, you need a similar helping hand. Being a very recent topic, just a few videos or seminars on this environment (sometimes called colloquially “ABAP in the cloud” or “cloud ABAP”) may not provide all that you need to start your development and sustain the progress.


Getting Started with ABAP in the Cloud

Just like the first few peddles on your first bike, you need to understand the environment, tools, and initial approach before deep diving into a development framework. Keeping this in mind, I partnered with a team of fellow experts to come up with the first book in this area, titled ABAP in the Cloud: Development and Operations with SAP BTP, ABAP Environment. In it, we have captured all the important topics and covered them all in detail, allowing you to feel most comfortable racing ahead with this new development skill.


This book will take you through the step-by-step processes for provisioning a trial SAP BTP, Cloud Foundry environment tenant; provisioning a trial SAP BTP, ABAP environment; installing and the initial setup of ABAP Development Tools for Eclipse; and access management with the help of business rules and business users. It has been written in such a detailed manner that anyone can easily follow the sequence of screenshots and perform all the steps without any roadblocks. The concepts and explanations ensure that readers get a clear understanding of the topic and first-hand development experience. All this to enable a faster learning curve and a strong, basic foundation.



Speeding Up

Just like biking, to become a pro developer, it is necessary to understand the tips and tricks of the trade. Through this book you will learn the architecture and key elements of the ABAP RESTful Programming Model. Explore detailed development steps for the creation of individual components, managed and unmanaged scenarios, user interfaces, integration, and deployment of the application.


Lots of code samples have been included to explain the real-life working of these core principles. We wanted to create a complete reference with helpful screenshots and sequences of steps to prevent any broken links during a development. In addition to this, we included advanced concepts and the latest features of the newest ABAP release for advanced users.


First Tricks

You may have noticed energy-packed bikers performing tricks like the wheelie, endo, or bunny hop. These demonstrate their hold in their field and establish their superiority. Similarly, a good development consultant must have some specialized knowledge to differentiate them from the ordinary. Keeping this in mind, our book has a dedicated chapter for innovative solution design for complex business problems.


How can a retail food business make the forecast more accurate? How can a construction company improve worker safety measures? How can transportation delays be minimized? How can digital assistants be integrated with SAP applications to provide faster and better customer service? How can a large organization automate invoice processing and claims processing? These, and many similar business problems, are discussed in this book and supplemented with examples from real-life projects and suitable APIs.


We included detailed architecture and code samples to equip the readers with all the tips and tricks needed to make best use of these APIs, and properly interface with the SAP BTP, ABAP environment. SAP APIs, as well as non-SAP APIs, have been judiciously included to provide a comprehensive overview of the solutions.


Advanced Development

It may be a let down if, even after learning great development (or cycling), you don’t have a professional-level understanding. Similarly, you should be able to deliver and deploy a complete productionized version of a solution, not just a sandbox version. In order to have the feel of a real project environment, the overall development with the SAP BTP, ABAP environment needs to be complemented with operations concepts.


In this book, we provide a closer look on operating these applications. You will get a clear understanding of custom code transformation using abapGit, management of a software component app, debugging ABAP applications, technical monitoring, SQL trace, authorization trace, clickjacking protection, content security, and many more advanced concepts. All this will enable you to be fully confident in managing a real-life development and operations project with the SAP BTP, ABAP environment.



In bike racing, it is essential to prepare well, and to focus your time and energy in the right direction. The same rules apply for professional application development. In this blog post, I have provided a glimpse of the features of our book. It has been structured in such a way that you can pick up the latest skills in this area very quickly, and get a head start against your competition. Everyone is eyeing the potential of the SAP BTP, ABAP environment. It’s up to you now to grab this opportunity and gain the early adopter’s advantage in this direction. Wish you best of luck!


ABAP in the Cloud: Development and Operations with SAP BTP, ABAP Environment
ABAP in the Cloud: Development and Operations with SAP BTP, ABAP Environment

SAP BTP, ABAP environment (formerly SAP Cloud Platform, ABAP environment) requires specialized knowledge of language limits and development environment—let this book be your guide! Begin by provisioning a trial instance and setting up ABAP Development Tools in Eclipse. Then, walk step-by-step through building an app using the ABAP RESTful application programming model, developing backend services, and creating SAP Fiori apps. Connect your cloud-based ABAP applications to on-premise and cloud systems and learn how to manage and maintain those applications. ABAP’s not dead, it’s in the cloud!

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Aayush Dhawan
by Aayush Dhawan

Aayush Dhawan is a managing consultant at IBM. He has more than 14 years of SAP experience in the areas of technical development, functional consulting, and asset building. As part of the SAP Innovation team at IBM, he has contributed towards many co-innovation projects on emerging technologies including cloud development, digital advisors, blockchain, machine learning, and data science. Additionally, he has delivered many challenging client projects across industries like consumer products, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals & petroleum.