In 2020, SAP TechEd generated considerable interest in the SAP community when they announced the general availability of SAP’s new Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering for ABAP – Steampunk. Advancements on ‘Restful ABAP Programming’ (RAP) model also got tongues wagging. However, Steampunk has been available since 2019 and already there are customers using it for creating and deploying applications.
Following are the key rationales of SAP for offering Steampunk, which sits atop Cloud Foundry:
WHERE can you use Steampunk?
WHAT can you expect from Steampunk?
More changes and steady enhancements. Some of the key changes include - Additional support for partners to develop and run applications for customers. The RAP would be more enhanced with OData V4 support and have provisions for ABAP Git to export code from Steampunk to cloud/on-premise versions.
There is also a Recipe option available, which will act as a wizard to set up productive instances – Application Runtimes, ABAP system and Destination service. It also allows you to configure the instance capacity, location of cloud instance, add developers, admins etc.
Key points for coding experts:
So, WHEN can you start?
Wipro can guide you through your journey of putting your solutions on the SAP Cloud Platform (SCP) sidecar. For those who are migrating from traditional architectures, there are newer things to discover and acclimatize like eclipse, newer syntax, Fiori with RAP support etc. that we can help you with.
Those who still want to test the waters first, SAP offers a trial account that is a shared offering and time bound. Take care not to put in your precious code here! This feature is for developers to get a firsthand feel of Steampunk. You do have your familiar flight reference scenario (complete RAP code available in GitHub). Use this trial account to see nuances of this offering. Wipro can collaborate with you as you make your foray or start adding more value into SAP Cloud platform investments.
Like many other products from SAP, Steampunk has lots of potential for steady growth in terms of features and partner programs for early adopters. While Steampunk’s ABAP cannot mount a full battle with other languages like Node.js, Java, Python, etc. in terms of versatility, the offering is shaping up nicely with a robust road map in terms of support from the SAP ecosystem. We suggest SAP customers -- who have a smaller to medium footprint for Cloud usage to start with- try the ABAP PaaS – using the cloud with not much of newer technologies to contend with and getting SCP features available on need and on demand. Customers on S/4 Cloud can also definitely look at Steampunk as a good sidecar option.
Practice Director, SAP Practice, Wipro Ltd.
Prasanna has more than 19 years of experience in various SAP technologies as well as vast experience in the automotive industry. He is also a part of Wipro’s SAP Digital Innovation Group focused on SAP’s cutting-edge technologies. He works with customers, Wipro thought leaders and SAP to usher in newer technologies, paradigms like Industry 4.0 and go-to-market strategies. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org