According to a study of the ASUG (the world’s largest SAP user group) in 2020, more than 75% of respondents stated that their companies consider integration to be strategically important. Now, three years later, companies that currently use the SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) consider integration as the most important technology within SAP BTP, underscoring the continued relevance of integration efforts in companies and of the SAP BTP as an integration platform. To access the study, see the following link: ASUG study.
At the same time, one major need in this area is the acceleration of implementing the integration efforts, which show that time is a critical factor when it comes to executing and implementing integration strategies. More than 60% of SAP customers require one to six months to implement integration solutions. Thus, the question is, how do you shorten integration implementation cycles? Research identifies the following three key areas:
- Educated IT staff about integration solutions.
- Standardized and/or preconfigured solutions and APIs.
- Organized data for mapping and migrations.
For more information on this research, see the following link: ASUG Integration Infographic
This means that SAP customers need to possess more advanced internal knowledge of solutions and capabilities.
It includes the Integration Assessment capability which automates key parts of the SAP Integration Solution Advisory Methodology: This is the go-to resource for defining and executing an enterprise Integration strategy
But before diving deeper into these specific tools, let’s look at the bigger picture and why it is even necessary in today’s world to foster integration strategies.