In this days exists the need to connect our ERP with multitude of systems, either because one of our customers send us orders in a custom format through FTP, a logistic operator facilitate a RECADV file attached to an email confirming what is going to be delivered, a warehouse controlling system that we connect directly to database to update pickings or an online shop to update customer orders or push new products to online catalog.
Until now, SAP provided SAP Process Orchestration as an on premise solution to achieve all these integrations, but with the arrival of products in the cloud such as SuccessFactors, Ariba, SAP Hybris, Salesforce and the parallel need to comply with governmental legal requirements such as SII in Spain or the fiscal note (NFe) in Brazil, and also coinciding with the arrival of SAP in the cloud with SAP Cloud Platform, a new product has emerged in the cloud: SAP Cloud Platform Integration.
What is SAP Cloud Platform Integration?
SAP Cloud Platform Integration (SCP-I, also known as HCI) is a general-purpose broker that runs on the SCP, which allows you to perform integrations between on-premise systems and cloud solutions.
The system runs in a virtual cluster of machines in SCP offering a robust system, reliable, resilient. Disregarding of economic and operational costs of having a middleware in your own data center carrying out maintenance, patch uploads, backups, high availability.
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Main capabilities of SAP Cloud Platform Integration
Among the capabilities of SCPI, the following should be emphasized:
- Ability to reuse the scenarios you have on-premise in SAP PI (service interfaces, message mappings, operation mappings & XSLTs) since version 7.31
- Integration Advisor (which we will discuss in our blog below) which using machine learning allows integrations to maximize ROI
- Extensive list of connectors: Ariba, AS2, AS4, Facebook, HTTP (s), IDoc, JMS, LDAP, Mail, OData, ODC, Process Direct, RFC, SOAP, SuccessFactors, Twitter, XI
- Conversion of XML messages to EDI, XML to JSON, CSV to XML, etc.
- Protection of messages with encryption and signature
For scenarios A2A or B2A, SAP incorporates lot of ready-to-use prepackaged integration content can be made available by SAP without the immediate need for additional hardware or integration skills on the customer’s side. This drastically reduces integration project lead times and lowers resource consumption significantly.
For B2B SCP-I contains all out-of-the-box adapters such as IDoc, SFTP, SOAP, SSFF, Odata, HTTPS, etc. In addition, it has a whole series of predefined patterns of integrations that facilitates the flow of data between different systems.
Paying attention to system security
Regarding security, it is one of the points to take into account when integrating between on-premise systems and the cloud. For this, all the connections of your on-premise backends with SCP-I will be secured in HTTPs.
The incoming connections will be managed by the SAP Cloud Platform Cloud Connector (formerly known as HCC - Hana Cloud Connector), an application that installs on the on-premise network and creates a DMZ using a TLS tunnel between your network and the SAP cloud. In this way, you don’t need to expose your systems on the internet.
SAP Cloud Platform Integration Licensing
Regarding licensing, you have two methods: Subscription-based or consumption-based.
- Consumption-based: Without limits of scenarios or connections, it is charged according to the volume of data and api-calls.
- Subscription-based: Designed to integrate services specifically provided by SAP, billing is done by blocks according to the service contracted.
That is why, as a cloudly company, and the good results reported by our customers who have opted to use SCP-I as part of their landscape of tools, we encourage you to explore what GAPs could cover or improve.
To finish this article we leave you this SAP Cloud Platform Integration – Overview video made by SAP to reinforce these exposed points:
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