What's the difference between SAP ABAP and SAP Basis?
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant topic offers from TechTarget and its partners. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Contact TechTarget at 275 Grove Street, Newton, MA.
"Basis" and "ABAP" are two technical terms specific to the SAP world that many often get confused.
For more on SAP ERP
Five tips for SAP Business Warehouse
ABAP, which stands for Advanced Business Application Programming, is one of the primary programming languages in which many of SAP's applications are written (the other language is Java). It began life as a pure procedural language and over the years has added object-oriented features that will be familiar to any Java programmer. ABAP programs are run on SAP's Netweaver ABAP application server, which is the only publicly available ABAP runtime environment. In most organizations, ABAP experts are developers and programmers."
Basis is the SAP version of system administration. In most non-SAP organizations, "Basis" people will be called "system administrators." Basis administrators are responsible for ensuring that the SAP application server and applications are installed and configured properly and remain running smoothly. Depending on the organization, SAP Basis administrators may also be responsible for configuring and maintaining the operating system and database that SAP is running on, but in many organizations there are other system administrators responsible for operating systems and databases that work with Basis experts to configure the full system.
The lines may start to blur in some circumstances. Many Basis administrators know a little ABAP, and many ABAP developers know a little Basis, but usually these competency areas remain fairly separate within organizations.
Related Q&A from Ethan Jewett
Concept, design and practical implementation all come together in the Fiori user experience.continue reading
Ethan Jewett explains how the SAP HANA XS Engine is used to run lightweight applications on the SAP in-memory database platform.continue reading
BI expert Ethan Jewett explains how SAP Data Services works, and how it fits into an ever-changing SAP data management landscape.continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.