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The current state of SAP Integration, SAPPHIRENOW 2018


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In this presentation I'll be covering the current state of SAP Integration. The inspiration is from the current SAPPHIRENOW conference that covers most of what integration is about.
We will cover topics like S4 Integration, API management, SAP Cloud Platform, Open Connector, SAP Cloud Integration, prepackaged content.

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The current state of SAP Integration, SAPPHIRENOW 2018

  1. 1. Daniel Graversen June 2018 Takeaways from SAPPHIRENOW 2018 What is happening with Enterprise Integration © Figaf 2018
  2. 2. Integration architecture
  3. 3. Understand your integration ● There is the following types of integration ○ Process (PI/Cloud Integration) ○ Data ○ UX ○ IoT ○ Analytic ● Get the ISA-M and perform the mapping of what needs to be done ○ Free process tool ○ Map existing and future data tools.
  4. 4. ● New CIO Guide from SAP 70 Pages ○ ● A lot of about the same topics as this presentation covers ● List all products for integration and their relationship ● Comparison and recommendations ○ PI/PO vs CPI ○ PI/CPI vs AIF ● SAPs direction ○ Automation of integration ○ Prepackaged content CIO Guide
  5. 5. ● End of maintenance for previous release ○ <7.4 End 2020 ○ 7.5 End 2024 ● Next release of Netweaver release later this year ● PI will get updates from cloud development ● Still the tool for integration ● TODO ○ Migrate to 7.5 single stack ○ Get away from Seeburger Netwaver 7.5 /PI
  6. 6. S/4 and the Intelligent Enterprise
  7. 7. The Intelligent Enterprise ● SAP now has a host of different applications Ariba, SuccessFactor, Fieldglas, Hybris as a best of breath direction ● From old SAP days where all was in on application it was all connected ● If selecting the SAP branded apps customers expect they are connected ● Making it all of it smarter with Machine Learning (ML), you can customize some of the models
  8. 8. ● New branding on the Customer focused applications ● One view to see all that is happening. ● Integration with the different sources C/4 HANA
  9. 9. ● Same code sent to different deployments ○ Cloud has new innovation, ML and APIs ■ Also have metadata around entries to ensure compatibility ■ No development object all done externally ○ New cloud version using the onprem code ● Onprem one yearly release then implementation so 2 year gap for developments. ○ You probably want to keep the speed. ○ Will need to migrate at some point, so go as standard as possible S/4 Cloud vs Onpremise
  10. 10. S/4 Integration
  11. 11. ● Goal is to use Cloud approach, no customization ● Enhancements as extensions no coding ● API is a big thing ○ Ask for missing APIs via SAP process ○ Can create API on CDS views ● S/4 cloud contains some IDOC but only for SAP use. S/4 Integration
  12. 12. ● API first strategy ● 1500 different API, so probably biggest API provider ● Look at the new API platform ● Try out the application ● Request new APIs to get it delivered, you cannot develop it self. Requests is used to prioritize ● Same API not identical across platform, so a mapping is needed. ● SAP is working on harmonizing some so no mapping needed ○ One word Enterprise-SOA. API
  13. 13. ● EDI scenarios ○ No IDocs for it ○ Only APIs ○ No development and use external fields ○ Integration Advisor should be the goal ○ Not sure all custom process can be handled in middle ware ○ strategy/ S4 EDI
  14. 14. ● The datahub was released last year ● An ETL tool to transform data in processes good for big data ● Now realtime integration/transformation so data is just one place ● Big data cannot be moved anywhere ● Cloud be used between SAP system to just have one data source ● GDPR ○ Data is only one place and it is easier to delete ● Questions ○ How this ties into the integration teams SAP Datahub /HANA
  15. 15. SAP Cloud Platform
  16. 16. ● Strategic tool for handling all integrations ● Enhancements with SAP tools like S/4, Ariba .. ● Leonardo services ● Many different tools in it ● Todo ○ Understand the platform ○ Try to create an application on SCP ○ Try to enhance a SAP application ○ Look at pricing calculator Cloud Platform
  17. 17. ● SAP is great for integration with Enterprise system ● Focus on business apps, internal facing ○ Authentication services ○ Cloud Connector to expose data externally ● SAP can run on all of the above to get it close to your data ● SAP cannot compete with raw services ○ Virtual servers ○ Docker images ○ Non HANA databases ○ API platform ● Get at mix depending on SAP services required SAP Cloud vs AWS, Azure, GCP
  18. 18. ● New platform probably using the Data hub ● Good way to have one masterdata object across the SAP Platform ● Each object owned by one business ● Real time views on the data so no data transfer ● Questions ○ How this will integrate with third party applications ○ Probably uses the new Data hub ○ Can you do validations in it Masterdata as a Service
  19. 19. Open Connector ● Partnership with Cloud Elements ● Provide 150+ prepackaged connections for popular integration platforms ● One generic interface for creating the integration ● No more need for adapters for special cases ● Questions ○ Will be a part of SCP Cockpit ○ Licensing?
  20. 20. ● 5000 Customers live with it ○ Mulesoft had about 1000 customers when sold ● Open Connector to make integrations easier ● Pre delivered content is updated ● Todo ○ Start using it pretty affordable ○ Use it for all cloud integrations ○ Get your hands on it Cloud Platfrom Integration
  21. 21. ● After Google got APIGEE we did not know SAP direction ● As much as SAP is focusing on API they need a API platform for internal use to handle all the APIs ● Exposing the APIs is probably also easier if you anyway is in the cloud API management
  22. 22. Development speed
  23. 23. ● In CIO guide SAP hint a tool to automate some integration and integration content advisor. More on the development side. ● You will have to deliver more integrations ● Have to ensure you platform is updated ● Automate testing to be able to update faster Faster integration development
  24. 24. ● Development lifecycle tool ○ Track your development, know what object is changed ○ Test the objects changed ○ Document the real changes ● Test tool ○ For patch/upgrades setup test in a week for all interfaces ■ Run same tests for each time ○ Ensure that development does not break interfaces ● Run with both SAP PI/PO and Cloud Integration ● Free up to 10 interfaces ● See more at Figaf offerings to improve speed
  25. 25. QA
  26. 26. ● My video blogs ○ integration/ ○ ● Whitepapers blog ○ ● CIO guide ○ c30de2ffd8ff.html ● SAP Best Practice ○ References