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Review: Side-by-Side Extensions with the SAP S/4Hana Cloud SDK

Companies that run enterprise software need options to customize them to their business; one size fits all just won’t cut it. For those running SAP S/4Hana, side-by-side extensions are one option to extend the scope of the solution. SAP Press now has a book focused on programming them.

What will you learn?

Extending SAP S/4Hana: Side-by-Side Extensions with the SAP S/4HANA Cloud SDK provides all the information you need to customize an SAP S/4Hana system by using SAP Cloud Platform and the SAP S/4Hana Cloud SDK. This comprehensive guide shows how to build, secure, and maintain cloud-native apps that help make the most of an SAP S/4Hana system.

SAP’s Bernd Leukert provided the foreword to this book, saying: “This book goes well beyond presenting the capabilities of the SDK, providing multiple perspectives on how to build cloud-native, future-proof extensions to SAP S/4Hana using the SAP Cloud Platform.”

What does this mean specifically?

Build applications using libraries and project templates in the S/4Hana Cloud SDK, explore prebuilt and custom frontends, and follow the RESTful API development protocol. Discover how to test and secure with authentications and authorizations so your system is as safe as possible, and then find out how to maintain applications via quality checks and monitoring. Finally, implement a continuous delivery pipeline and use DevOps to deliver your applications to S/4 users to achieve full extension.


Other highlights include:

  • Cloud Foundry
  • SAP Cloud Platform SDK for service development
  • Spring Boot
  • Multitenancy
  • SAP Leonardo: machine learning and blockchain
  • In-app extensibility

Who is this book for?

Developers looking to learn to customize S/4Hana to a business’ specific needs with high quality, cloud-native applications will find this book very valuable. Technical consultants should also give it a read, as it helps provide clarity as to how and why businesses have changed their original systems around.

This book weighs in at 618 pages, and was written by a team of over 20 authors who all supplied their expertise. This ultimately means that the book is full of the best extension knowledge available—as Leukert alluded to. But perhaps the biggest benefit is how easy this book reads—there aren’t dozens of viewpoints, but rather one. A superb effort by all involved in this project.

You can find the book on the SAP Press website and read a sample chapter by clicking on the “Browse the Book” button beneath the book’s cover.

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