The systematic integration approach, which is divided into four phases, helps you to implement integrations and ensures the transformation to an intelligent, sustainable enterprise. The objective of the first phase, "Assessment of your Integration Strategy," is to identify the integration maturity level. Here, we look at whether existing integration strategies and integration technologies meet the needs of the company or not. Part of this step is to review the integration architecture by performing a scoping of focus areas more precisely to identify the future building blocks of your integration platform. SAP Integration Solution Advisory Methodology makes this possible by using technology-agnostic use case patterns to identify future integration bundling blocks that are needed. This in turn enables the support of new integration patterns, because:
- Often it is necessary to update your integration strategy and complement your integration platform to support the new strategy and the new integration patterns.
- The desire to adopt cloud-based solutions is high, because the more you move to the cloud, the more important it is to review your integration strategy in this area so that the transformation to the cloud can run smoothly.
- The need for a standardized integration platform becomes more and more relevant. However, this happens mostly through mergers and acquisitions to complement or to streamline your technology portfolio and to have a unified governance for that.
There are many integration scenarios. Performing an integration strategy assessment is essential in those scenarios because the differences of the solutions that should be integrated are huge.