Enabling a Practice of Empowerment

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

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Explain what a Practice of Empowerment is in the context of the SAP Integration Solution Advisory Methodology

Practice of Empowerment

Introduction

In this unit, you get familiar with the step "Enable a Practice of Empowerment" of the Integration Maturity Level process. This step helps you to successfully complete the change from a non-systematic integration approach to a systematic integration approach in your company.

Following the explanations around these two stages, let's jump into the Integration Assessment tool again, so that you can expand your knowledge in working with the tool hands on, although the phase "Enabling a practice of empowerment" deals more with organizational topics which is mostly not covered by Integration Assessment.

You will go through guided exercises on how you can analyze your data within the tool via various integration assessment options and how you can create custom questionnaires.

The unit also includes a wrap-up of the overall learning journey and closes by showing you the road map of the SAP Integration Solution Advisory Methodology template and the Integration Assessment capability within the SAP Integration Suite.

Steps of Enabling a Practice of Empowerment

At the end of this lesson, you should be able to easily perform integrations yourself. This should be realized by giving you a holistic view of integration, establishing integration as a recognized discipline, and establishing knowledge sharing culture (best practices). Integration is positioned as a strategic differentiators as well, by establishing knowledge sharing culture (best practices) and improving communication between teams.

As you already learned in Unit 2 with SAP Integration Solution Advisory Methodology, this is categorized into three steps:

  1. Define integration role and set up an Integration Center of Excellence.
  2. Implement an integration governance process with certain integration standers.
  3. Enhance your existing Quality Assurance measures.

Analyzing Your Data

After achieving a Practice of Empowerment, you understand the organizational data and with that knowledge you can analyze it. By using the Integration Assessment tool, you can assess different data types:

1. Integration Areas

In the integration areas, the status of each combination of integration domains and integration styles is shown. This view enables you to assess your usage of integration technologies and the cover per pattern. In an axis diagram, the different integration domains (y-axis) and the integration styles (x-axis) display. By choosing the corresponding tile, you can see the related integration technologies and the related integration interfaces requests.

Note

This is only an example, as it only shows the Cloud 2OnPremise Domain for which the process integration is available. Therefore, the tile is marked green. All other areas are not assigned.

2. Integration Policies

In SAP Integration Solution Advisory Methodology, different stages of recommendation grades are provided, which you can assign to the integration technologies/services in your organization. By doing so, you can define integration guidelines for your organization, which include standard recommendations, reasonable alternatives, possible exceptions, or techniques you want to avoid in your organization.

In the following example, you can see the integration technologies for the cross use cases. You can also see the recommendation degree, rules, that should be applied, supported domains, and corresponding applications.

3. Applications Overview

The application overview provides the existing connection between one source application and a target application within the IT landscape.

In an axis diagram, you can see the target applications (for example, SAP S/4HANA Cloud, SAP ERP, SAP Ariba, and so on) and the source applications such as Amazon, SAP Fieldglass, or SAP Marketing Cloud. All available connections are marked with green.

Note

In this example, only the connection between the target application SAP Marketing Cloud and S/4HANA is available.

4. Integration Technologies Overview

With integration technologies, the scope of services and the use of middleware components are described. By using these, existing technology profiles can be adjusted or new integration technologies can be created, according to your organizational requirements.

The following example shows which integration technology is supported by which domain:

If you choose Styles (on top, next to Domains), you can see which integration technologies are supported by which styles (for example, cross use cases, process integration, and so on), or if you choose key characteristics (next to Styles), you can see which integration technology fits best to which key characteristic.

Analyze Your Data Via Various Integration Assessment Options

Business Scenario

As an Integration Architect, your role involves configuring the landscape for your organization. The following steps guide you in setting up your organization.

Task Flow

In this exercise, you perform the following tasks:

  1. Log on to the Integration Assessment Tool.
  2. Configure the Integration Assessment Tool.

Prerequisites

  1. You have access to the SAP Integration Suite.
  2. You have access to the Integration Assessment tool.

Outcome of This Exercise

Learn how to analyze your data by using the Integration Assessment tool.

What Do You Learn Within This Exercise

You are enabled in how to analyze data in the Integration Assessment tool as an Integration Manager.

Exercise Options

You can perform this exercise in two ways:

  1. Live Environment: choose Start Exercise, and from the entry page choose Open PDF Document. Follow the steps described in this pdf in your own system landscape.
  2. Simulation: choose Start Exercise, and from the entry page choose Start Tutorial. Watch the step-by-step instructions within the simulation.
Note
We recommend running the simulation first.

Task 1: Log On to the Integration Assessment Tool

Steps

  1. Log on to the Integration Assessment tool.

    1. Choose the Manage and Provide Integration technology Guidance" – "Create Request tile in the Integration Suite.

    2. Check that you see the following screen:

  2. Analyze Integration Areas.

    1. On the left side, choose the Analyse tile to open the submenu.

      At this place, details of all integration areas, integration policies, and an overview of all application and integration technologies are given.

    2. Choose Integration Areas.

  3. Check Related Technologies.

    1. Select the first Cloud2Cloud green box.

    2. Choose Related Technologies (this displays all the Related Technologies configured).

    3. Choose the arrow to go back.

  4. Check the related Interface Requests.

    1. Choose Related Interface Request.

    2. Check that the related interface requests display.

  5. Review various Integration Policies.

    1. Choose Integration Policies.

    2. Choose Application Overview.

      The application overview depicts the existing connection between a source and a target application within the IT landscape.

  6. Check further information sources in the Integration Technologies Overview.

    1. Choose Integration Technologies Overview.

      Note:

      1. Integration technologies describe the capability coverage and usage of middleware components.
      2. b. Using integration technologies, you can customize existing technology profiles or create new integration technology as per your organizational requirements.
    2. Choose Domains to review them.

    3. Choose Styles to review them.

    4. Review the Characteristics by choosing Key Characteristics.

    5. Choose Metadata Management.

    6. Review the different Metadata Management characteristics by choosing the green bars.

      Note
      In this example, we have only selected the first green bar.
    7. Choose Connectivity.

    8. Review the different connectivity characteristics by choosing the orange and green bars.

      Note
      In this example, we have only selected the first orange bar.
    9. Choose Integration Use Cases.

    10. Review the different Integration Use Case characteristics by choosing the orange and green bars.

      Note
      In this example, we have only selected the first orange bar.
    11. Choose Monitoring and Operations.

    12. Review the different Monitoring and Operations characteristics by choosing the orange and green bars.

      Note
      In this example, we have only selected the first green bar.
    13. Choose Transformations.

    14. Review the different Transformation characteristics by choosing the orange and green bars.

      Note
      In this example, we have only selected the first green bar.

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