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IT landscapes are more and more hybrid these days, incorporating multiple cloud platforms, on-premise solutions and third-party systems. This means that businesses are facing an increasing number of integration challenges. Before, most organisations relied on a single system – SAP R3, for example – that took care of core tasks, supplemented with additional – but separate – systems for specific lines of business.

With the advent of cloud, that has changed. By integrating and connecting all systems, you can improve business processes and maximise efficiency allowing individual users to focus on their own tasks. An integrated system gives you a complete view of your organisation’s data and activities.

Keeping up with the cloud: SAP's cloud integration portfolio

SAP offers various integration solutions, each designed for different user groups. After all, integration is no longer only the developer’s playing field. As more and more organisations set innovation as their goal, the business gets more involved too.

1. SAP Cloud Platform Integration (CPI)

SAP CPI is a platform-as-a-service that simplifies integration by connecting people, processes, data and devices via SAP and non-SAP applications, both in the cloud and on-premise. After subscription, it is accessible via your cloud account, where you can manage and develop it without having to worry about upkeep. 

CPI benefits:

  • Quick and easy implementation
  • A central access point for all your data and applications
  • Scalable – possibility to add new cloud solutions when required
  • Affordable and efficient
  • Reliable and secure

2. SAP API Management

APIs are small building blocks that are integrated into a bigger IT system. They support simple digital experiences by hiding complexity. When tackling a new project, it’s important to determine whether there are pre-existing APIs with the same functionality, or if new ones need to be developed. SAP API management is a tool that lets you publish, promote and oversee APIs in a secure and scalable environment. All API sources – SAP, non-SAP, on-premise or cloud – are included in API Management.

SAP API Management key features:

  • Improved API governance through complexity management and documentation
  • Security management with multiple, up-to-date authentications
  • Traffic management: option of limiting simultaneous connections, caching is available, detecting SQL injections
  • Monitor all APIs and run analytics
  • Possibility of monetising your APIs

3. SAP Cloud Platform Open Connectors

Via Open Connectors, SAP opens up to non-SAP cloud applications, allowing developers to use third party APIs and thereby accelerating integration. The goal is to make life easier for SAP customers, who increasingly have both SAP and non-SAP software. Open Connectors can be integrated with every service of the SAP cloud platform suite, such as API Management and CPI.

Open Connectors benefits:

  • Automatically updated by SAP
  • Easy integration, no added specifics required

4. Enterprise Messaging

In the age of open cloud solutions, you need reliable asynchronous communication. That’s where Enterprise Messaging comes in: an event-driven middleware that captures an event and forwards it to all systems interested. With Enterprise Messaging, you can connect applications, services, and systems across different landscapes – the tool can be scaled up or down depending on the number of systems that need to be linked. 

It also allows you to publish and subscribe to business events from SAP and non-SAP sources as well as build event-driven extensions for core SAP systems like SAP S/4HANA or SuccessFactors, or even third-party sources. This way, they are always up to date with the latest business developments.

Enterprise Messaging benefits:

  • Reliable asynchronous communication across all systems
  • Fully automated
  • Scalable
  • Includes third-party sources

Want to learn more about smooth cloud integration and how to achieve/ensure it in your SAP landscape? Get in touch, our experts are happy to help! 

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