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Niels Qvarfot | februari 7, 2024

New BTP environment? A short guide to migrating to Cloud Foundry


Cloud Foundry is the modern choice. Based on the need for a more agile, scalable, and innovative BTP environment, it is more efficient, more flexible and with less costs. So no wonder this should be your environment of choice. Especially if you are on the SAP Neo environment that is closing by the end of 2028, and Process Integration, sunsetting in 2027.

In this blog we explain to you why, how to migrate successfully, and what tools and services you can leverage in your transformation.

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Why migrating is urgent

SAP’s BTP environment Neo is soon going to be a thing of the past.

More precisely, SAP is going to sunset the Neo environment on December 31, 2028 – and both NTT DATA Business Solutions and SAP advise clients to act – sooner rather than later.

One of the main reasons for the sunsetting, according to SAP, is that users of Neo have long reported that the environment no longer provide the best technological path forward for their cloud or hybrid transformation journeys.

Life after Neo: All roads lead to Cloud Foundry

Even if it is a long farewell to Neo for many, everyone should be asking themselves: What is next for users of SAP’s BTP environment Neo? What is the best platform to move to?

If you ask us, all roads now lead to the Cloud Foundry environment.

Cloud Foundry is SAP’s versatile cloud environment on the Business Technology Platform (BTP), designed to support a wide range of applications, including SAP-centric solutions. It is a robust Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that allows for flexible and scalable deployment of applications, regardless of programming language or integration complexity.

Cloud Foundry is tailored for the SAP ecosystem, and it facilitates easy development, testing, and deployment, while seamlessly integrating with existing SAP systems, all without the need for managing underlying infrastructure. This makes Cloud Foundry an ideal choice for SAP users seeking an adaptable and efficient cloud solution.

The sooner the better: Cloud Foundry is the future

To be frank, even if SAP had not put a date on sunsetting Neo, migrating to the Cloud Foundry environment would still be the right decision, since so many benefits can be gained by doing so.

The move from Neo to Cloud Foundry is ultimately driven by the common need for more agile, scalable, and innovative cloud environments.

Cloud Foundry represents not just a shift in technology. It’s a significant leap towards innovation and more flexibility. Exactly what is called for these days, where agility and scalability in business processes are paramount.

Cloud Foundry gives you efficiency, more flexibility, and less costs

The key benefit from Cloud Foundry’s architecture is that it allows businesses to deploy and manage applications more efficiently, leading to increased operational flexibility and reduced total cost of ownership.

Not to forget: The transition is also an opportunity for businesses looking to optimize their integration landscape and embrace the innovative capabilities of the SAP Integration Suite in the future operations.

So how do you migrate to Cloud Foundry successfully? In this article, we cover the most important topics related to the migration process to Cloud Foundry.

Read more on the transition from SAP here.

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A short step-by-step guide for migrating to Cloud Foundry

To move forward in the migration process, you need a clear-cut strategy. Moving to Cloud Foundry should therefore be approached methodically, and we recommend dividing the process into four overarching steps:

  1. Assessment: Understanding the current landscape and requirements by undertaking a comprehensive evaluation and analysis phase.
  2. Planning: Developing a tailored migration strategy based on the insights gathered during the assessment phase. It encompasses creating a detailed roadmap, outlining specific steps, timelines, resource allocations, and contingency plans required to ensure a successful and efficient transition to the Cloud Foundry environment.
  3. Execution: Implementing the migration and transfer to the Cloud Foundry environment with precision and attention to detail as outlined in the planning phase. It encompasses the hands-on work of transitioning resources and resolving any issues that may arise during the migration process to ensure a seamless and successful transfer.
  4. Post-Migration Support: Ensuring smooth operation in the new environment by on-going assistance and guidance provided after the migration process is completed. It encompasses monitoring, troubleshooting, fine-tuning, and providing necessary support to address any challenges or optimization needs that arise post-implementation.

Following best practices is essential to migration success. This means detailed planning, phased execution, and continuous monitoring is crucial for managing complexities effectively and optimizing the performance in the Cloud Foundry environment.

Cloud Foundry integration tooling

Making the complex procedures simple is one of the key components to succeeding. However, you need tools!

SAP Integration Suite

A most benefitial tools, as you venture into a more cloud-centric environment, is SAP Integration Suite. It stands out as a beacon for businesses migrating to the cloud, offering a more robust, flexible, and scalable solution than its predecessor, SAP Neo. With SAP Integration Suite you’re able to integrate and automate processes with speed and confidence across SAP and third-party landscapes.

Edge Integration Cell

The Edge Integration Cell can also become a pivotal component in your migration.

As SAP points out in their blog, Edge Integration cell is an optional extension of SAP Integration Suite that comes with a hybrid deployment model.

It enables you to design your integration content in the cloud, and to deploy and run your integration content in an on-premise environment (by passing traffic through secure cloud connector).

Edge Integration Cell facilitates security and robustness for customers with sensitive integration data and ensures API-led integration capabilities for highly customized on-premise solutions.

Migration tools and technologies in Cloud Foundry

With Cloud Foundry, a suite of tools is also available to empower you to simplify the complex migration process:

  • Automated assessment tool
  • Semi-automatic migration processes
  • Regression test tools provided by partners

The tools play a vital role in ensuring a smooth transition in your migration.

A team making great plans

Embark on the migration journey

Migrating to Cloud Foundry is a journey towards a more agile, efficient, and innovative future. We encourage businesses to embark on this journey, leveraging the insights and strategies discussed.

At NTT DATA Business Solutions, we have the full range of consultants to assist your transition to Cloud Foundry. We are experienced in providing comprehensive support to the migration journey and our expert team specializes in guiding the transition of integrations and applications, ensuring a smooth implementation process from strategy to execution.

We provide hands-on assistance, leveraging our deep understanding of Cloud Foundry’s architecture to optimize migrations – empowering businesses to embrace the agility, scalability, and innovation that Cloud Foundry offers.

For those ready to take the next step in their migration journey, our team is here to guide you.

Read more:

Proven Value in Facts and Figures: SAP BTP with SAP S/4HANA Cloud

Benefits and Opportunities of Using SAP BTP with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition

SAP Business Technology Platform: More than Just a Data Hub

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