While the cloud has been receiving the lion’s share of attention, a significant number of on-premise ABAP-based systems are running productively in SAP customer landscapes. To support these customers, SAP has released ABAP platform 1809, which serves as the technical foundation for SAP S/4HANA 1809. ABAP platform 1809 delivers a wide range of valuable improvements to various ABAP development tools to increase efficiency. It includes an ABAP programming layer that is fully optimized for SAP HANA and for the development and enhancement of modern applications. This article examines some of the key innovations delivered with ABAP platform 1809 and how they help you develop sophisticated applications that meet your digital business needs.