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With new capabilities being added on a regular basis, SAP Integration Suite has evolved significantly over time. Ready-to-deploy prepackaged integration is one of its strong features. In this blog, I'd like to suggest a few product enhancements that could help speed up configuration and improve overall productivity.

If you wish to use one of the prebuilt integration packages, all you must do is copy it to your workspace and then configure the specific I-flow. Looks so simple and straight forward? Yes, it is manageable if you need to do this for 10 or 20 flows. If the number exceeds 50, you start exploring options to automate this.

Take for instance the standard package - SAP Cloud for Customer for Utilities Solution - Integration with SAP S/4HANA. From C4C SOAP to S4H SOAP, the package includes more than 60 prebuilt integration processes. The exact same step and setting described in the screenshot below must be performed 60+ times for all identical integration flows.

Standard I-flow Configuration


Folks with SAP PI/PO background may correlate this to Communication channel, although there is no such artefact in CPI. Externalized Parameters are used as a placeholder in CPI for connectivity-related configuration in configure-only I-flow. The default value is pre-populated in this setup, and the customer-specific Configured Value is updated during configuration.

Externalized Parameters


Connection template


Consider the scenario where, instead of SAP defaulting all parameters, it includes a connection template in the package that allows you to pre-populate some of the customer-specific common parameters like host, port, and authorization information. That is, you begin your I-flow setup with a configuration that has already been filled in. Sounds cool!

Connection Template


I-flow pre-filled with default from Connection template


Address Prefix


Let's look at another case where you only have one non-production CPI instance to support integration across two environments at the same time. Here you create another copy of standard package and start with connection template configuration. Everything is okay until you realize that the approach is not helping with unique endpoint as Address in Sender adapter is I-flow specific and is not maintained as part of Sender connection template.

Now we’re back to the situation where we must manually add some prefix such as /dev or /qa in the Address for all the I-flow with C4C SOAP as Sender. Here is another suggestion to simplify such scenarios involving HTTP based Sender adapter. We can have an additional parameter in the Connection template – Address Prefix and use it in the default Address in all the configure-only I-flow in the standard Integration package to generate unique endpoints, as shown in the screenshot below. So, all you have to do now is alter the address prefix once at the package level in the connection template, then deploy the pre-filled I-flows.





Please provide your feedback if you appreciate the concept and believe it will make using prebuilt integration easier. Although the approach looks simple in theory, all the other considerations and challenges must be examined in case SAP decides to proceed with the implementation.
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