Implementation of Guidelines
Guidelines are always important because they guide you through all processes. Integration guidelines are often written down in so called integration handbooks or integration best practices (there are also many more options to document them) and can be easily shared with the whole company. The goal of such integration guidelines is to make sure that integration processes (integration flows) are designed to protect your organization's mission-critical processes.
The following topics should be covered by an implementation guideline:
- How to design integration scenarios (for example, naming conventions)?
- What are the integration qualities (for example, design of reliable integration scenarios)?
- How is the back-end configured (for example, communication arrangements)?
- Information about the Lifecycle Management (for example, release date or planned update cycle).
This step is only supported by the template-based approach via Integration Solution Advisory Methodology. The Integration Assessment capability does not support this part. So, keep in mind that if you don’t have any integration development guidelines available, you can use the "Integration Development Guideline Template" from SAP:
After downloading the template (to find the template, choose this link: Download the Integration Development Guideline Template), you have to perform the following steps:
- Check the scope of sections and/or remove sections.
- Specify each of the sections by looking at the customer-specific integration context.
For more information and the corresponding templates, see the SAP Help Portal: SAP Integration Solution Advisory Methodology Overview.
You have learned a lot about the Integration Solution Advisory Methodology, which is a template-based approach to assess your integration strategy, design your hybrid integration platform, define integration best practices, and which, in the end, enables a practice of empowerment. Now, let's have a deeper look at the next exercises by working with the Integration Assessment capability within SAP Integration Suite. With this, as mentioned before, you have a tool-based approach with which you can also perform most of the steps (but not all) of the Integration Solution Advisory Methodology.