Cloud Foundry and the Future of Cloud-Native Development on SAP Cloud Platform

  • by James Wood, Founder and Principal Consultant, Bowdark Consulting
  • March 31, 2017
Learn what Cloud Foundry is and its impact on the future of cloud-native development and
SAP Cloud Platform.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will:

  • Learn what Cloud Foundry is and what it brings to the table for developers both inside and outside of the SAP development ecosystem
  • Gain an understanding of what development within SAP Cloud Platform will look like in the future with Cloud Foundry
Key Concept

With production support for Cloud Foundry scheduled with the Q2/2017 release of SAP Cloud Platform (formerly SAP HANA Cloud Platform), it’s important for developers to understand what Cloud Foundry is and the prominent role it will play as SAP Cloud Platform continues to mature. 

If you’ve spent any time around the SAP Cloud Platform space, you’ve likely heard the term Cloud Foundry thrown around. In recent years, SAP has gone all-in on Cloud Foundry, investing considerable time and resources in becoming a platinum and heavily contributing member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation. This involvement has had a wide impact on not only the future of SAP Cloud Platform, but also for SAP HANA 2 and SAP’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) product lines. 

I introduce you to basic Cloud Foundry concepts and look at how Cloud Foundry influences the way apps are developed on SAP Cloud Platform going forward. Along the way, I also review some benefits that Cloud Foundry brings to the table for developers outside the current SAP-development ecosystem.

James Wood

James Wood is the founder and principal consultant of Bowdark Consulting, Inc., an SAP NetWeaver consulting and training organization. With more than 10 years of experience as a software engineer, James specializes in custom development in the areas of ABAP Objects, Java/J2EE, SAP NetWeaver Process Integration, and SAP NetWeaver Portal. Before starting Bowdark Consulting, Inc. in 2006, James was an SAP NetWeaver consultant for SAP America, Inc., and IBM Corporation, where he was involved in multiple SAP implementations. He holds a master’s degree in software engineering from Texas Tech University. He is also the author of Object-Oriented Programming with ABAP Objects (SAP PRESS, 2009), ABAP Cookbook (SAP PRESS, 2010), and SAP NetWeaver Process Integration: A Developer’s Guide (Bowdark Press, 2011). James is also a contributor to Advancing Your ABAP Skills, an anthology that holds a collection of articles recently published in SAP Professional Journal and BI Expert.

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