Introducing the Integration Suite

Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Introduce the Integration Suite

Integration Suite, Introduction

Business Introduction

You may face some challenges when transforming your business to an Intelligent, Sustainable Enterprise. For example, you need to integrate applications and business processes in a diverse landscape of cloud-based or hybrid-based systems. You also have solutions from non-SAP suppliers, in which case, you need to integrate from SAP to non-SAP processes. Integration improves workability and efficiency by eliminating inconvenient and manual tasks. You can use the SAP Integration Suite to integrate SAP to SAP processes, and non-SAP to SAP. Your company can also commercialize and manage your API's through the SAP Integration Suite.

To have a fully connected IT landscape for your Intelligent, Sustainable Enterprise you need to integrate the software solutions. With solutions like SAP Integration Suite you get an integration platform as a service (iPaaS) that allows you to seamlessly integrate on-premise and cloud-based applications and processes with tools and pre-built content managed by SAP.

SAP Integration Suite is based on four main principles:

  • Out-of-the-box Integration
  • Open Integration
  • Holistic Integration
  • AI-driven Integration
Out-of-the-box integration

SAP software supports end-to-end business processes, including out-of-the-box integrations, enabled by a standardized application and technology portfolio. Prepackaged integration content for SAP Business Technology Platform Integration builds the foundation for integrating applications of the Intelligent Enterprise.

Open integration

Besides SAP-to-SAP integrations, SAP is open for any third-party integration as well as custom extensions. The foundation for open integration is based on public APIs. With the SAP Business Technology Platform Open Connectors service, SAP provides feature-rich, pre-built connectors for more than 150 non-SAP applications.

Holistic integration

SAP provides a holistic integration technology portfolio that covers all flavors of integration. Based on SAP Business Technology Platform Integration Suite and SAP HANA Data Management Suite, SAP supports all types of integration use cases, ranging from process, data, user, and IoT to analytics-centric integration. A methodology helps enterprise architects shape their integration strategies, which can include integration technologies from SAP and third parties.

AI-driven integration

In addition to bringing intelligence into core business processes, SAP uses AI techniques to simplify the development of integration scenarios. One example is the SAP Business Technology Platform Integration Advisor service for SAP Business Technology Platform Integration. Its crowd-based machine learning approach enables users to define, maintain, share, and deploy B2B and A2A integration content much faster than building it from scratch. Further uses of artificial intelligence in other areas of integration, such as for integration monitoring, are planned.

The SAP Integration Suite consists of a set of tools tailored for simplified enterprise integration of hybrid, large and heterogeneous environments.

The SAP Integration Suite service on SAP BTP contains four core capabilities:

Cloud Integration:
  • Hybrid and cloud application integration offering an intuitive web interface with built-in templates supporting A2A and B2B/B2G scenarios for SAP and non-SAP.
  • Cloud technology with strong security focus and infrastructure availability.
  • Prepackaged integration content to jump-start integration projects and get productive quickly with the option of extension to include custom requirements.
  • Make use of the ability to integrate with business networks within a broad ecosystem.
Integration Advisor:
  • Proposal service with machine learning approach.
  • Crowdsource-based learnings.
  • Automatic generation of documentation and runtime artifacts.
  • Community collaboration for creating and maintaining tailored integration interfaces and mappings.
Open Connectors:
  • Out-of-the-box connectors to 170+ non-SAP applications.
  • Select connectors you need and authenticate through providers.
  • Build your own connectors with normalized features including authentication, pagination, errors, and search.
API Management:
  • Design your APIs based on open standards like Open API specification and OData.
  • Develop your APIs by exposing and composing backend interfaces from apps or middleware.
  • Protect your APIs from security threats, manage traffic, cache your data on the edge with 40+ in-built policies.
  • Monitor and analyze your API usage, performance, and errors.
  • Engage with application developers and monetize your digital assets through APIs.

The SAP Integration Suite is a fully vendor-managed multi-cloud service in major hyperscalers and provides the flexibility to run the same integration artifacts across multiple environments. Moreover, integration is further simplified through the power of artificial intelligence.

The SAP Integration Suite consists of nine components:

  • API Business HUB
  • API Management
  • SAP Graph
  • Integration Advisor
  • Cloud Integration
  • Data Intelligence
  • Enterprise Messaging
  • Open Connectors
  • Serverless Runtimes

You can find the latest descriptions and positioning of the Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) here: https://www.sap.com/products/integration-suite.html

You can find more detailed information have a look at the SAP Community: https://community.sap.com/topics/integration-extension-suite

You can also use the help page for additional information: https://help.sap.com/viewer/product/SAP_CLOUD_PLATFORM_INTEGRATION_SUITE/sap.cp.integration.suite/en-US

Example Use Case

As an Intelligent, Sustainable Enterprise you need to integrate all the applications and business processes to have a fully combined and integrated landscape.

To combine and integrate these Solutions you can use the SAP Integration Suite and its out of the box scenarios. In this way you can integrate your system landscape based on your needs.

In addition to that you can use the open connector capabilities from the SAP Integration Suite to integrate non SAP applications in this landscape too.

Click here: https://help.openconnectors.ext.hana.ondemand.com/home/catalog to get more information about the open connectors.

Key takeaways of this unit

SAP Integration Suite is one product out of the SAP BTP Integration area you use to integrate business processes and applications. You can use prepackaged, out-of-the-box integrations, open connectors or the holistic integration capabilities. You can also use AI-driven integration to simplify the development of integration scenarios. API business hub and API management provide everything you need for integrating existing APIs and your own APIs.

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