Describing the SAP Integration Solution Advisory Methodology (ISA-M)


After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Describe the SAP Integration Solution Advisory Methodology (ISA-M)

SAP Integration Solution Advisory Methodology (ISA-M)

In this lesson, the following topics are discussed:

  • What is the ISA-M?
  • ISA-M Cycle
  • Implemented as Integration Assessment
  • Sources

What is the ISA-M?

It is a template in PowerPoint that is based on all the integration knowledge at SAP. It is aimed at integration architects. With this methodology, existing integration solutions can be documented and described, as well as integration requirements can be determined and mapped to specific services.

The method helps corporate architects to design their integration strategy:
  • A collection of typical integration styles and patterns
  • The assignment to integration services (based on the customer context)
  • Architectural designs for integration, including decision criteria
  • Define roles and your responsibility within integration scenarios
Other advantages are as follows:
  • Openness to SAP and third-party integration technologies
  • Use by target groups such as corporate architects and integration architects
  • Use as a template for defining custom integration policies
  • Reusability within organizations, projects, or services Adaptation to specific needs

ISA-M Cycle

The procedure is described with a cycle.

The ISA-M Cycle consists of four steps:

These are as follows:

  • Access your Integration Strategy
  • Design your Hybrid Integration Platform
  • Define Integration Best Practices
  • Enable a Practice of Empowerment

Implemented as Integration Assessment

Since 2022 there is a tool, implemented as an Integration Suite capability called Integration Assessment, which helps you to automate the ISA-M approach.


There is an approach that describes all aspects of holistic integration. The SAP Integration Solution Advisory Methodology (ISA-M) provides you with a template that maps the ISA-M cycle step-by-step. In the end, you can identify the required services, tools, roles, use cases and much more that you need to implement your integration projects. There is also support through the integration assessment capability.

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