It has been some time since my last blog on SAP Process Orchestration and this time I wanted to share some good news as to our efforts to further simplify the licensing of our SAP Process Orchestration portfolio.
Most of you may be aware by now that SAP Process Orchestration is SAP’s middleware integration suite aggregating SAP Process Integration (aka: PI), SAP Business Process Management (aka: BPM) and SAP Business Rules Management (aka: BRM). SAP started this simplification journey in 2010 (when SAP Process Orchestration was initially introduced to the market). Instead of licensing all these components individually SAP Process Orchestration allows customers to share hardware core allocation among PI, BPM, and BRM with a single Process Orchestration license.
What’s more, this was not only about licensing, but also about providing one single development experience in SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio (based on Eclipse) as well as the ability to run all these components (PI, BPM and BRM) co-deployed on the SAP NetWeaver Java Application Server (aka: Single Stack). This approach provides a lot of tangible benefits to customers such as reduced development and operations cost, improved performance and easier monitoring.
So what’s new? SAP has extended the usage rights of SAP Process Orchestration to now also include the B2B Add-On for SAP Process Orchestration functionality. This means, there is a single license covering the end to end spectrum of integration scenarios. This not only further simplifies SAP middleware offering from a licensing perspective, but also drives improved synergies to use a single integration solution fully owned by a vendor. This single pricing strategy is unique in the market and different from the approach of other software vendors in the integration space who have a more fragmented solution offering resulting in a more complex pricing. Let alone the benefits of using a single container to run A2A, B2B, BPM and Rule scenarios (less hardware) and administer all of the above in a central place (lower TCO for administration and ownership).
SAP Process Orchestration can be deployed on a traditional on premise model and it has been recently certified to run on the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) providing more options to our existing and future customer base.
This new extended scope for SAP Process Orchestration is more relevant than ever to our traditional SAP Process Integration community. In addition to continue to run A2A scenarios, it is possible to piggyback EDI transactions via the newly added B2B Add-On functionality all through a single integration solution. If this is something that you may want to pursue, check with your SAP Account Executive for ways to convert your existing SAP Process Integration licenses to SAP Process Orchestration.