Integration is fast becoming the #1 strategic priority for any organization in this digital age.
Customers are demanding connected digital experiences across omnichannel engagements, businesses are collaborating with partners and co-innovating with customers in emerging digital ecosystems and business networks. Digital interactions are becoming the de-facto norm for collaboration. Ambient and embedded intelligence in is becoming a reality – offering a great opportunity for organizations to become intelligent enterprises.
An intelligent enterprise is an integrated enterprise. Period. Why has integration become so important?
In order to become an intelligent enterprise, organizations need to tame inherent complexity.
More than ever, enterprise application portfolios and landscapes are heterogeneous and complex. Line-of-businesses (finance, HR, procurement and sales) leaders have bought ready-to-run SaaS solutions to reduce costs and move faster, however, these applications are not integrated. Data and processes spread across multiple apps leading to a lack of a 360-degree view of the business – customers, partners, and employees.
Integration is the key to bridge these silos across applications, data, processes and provide a foundation to apply intelligence, enable digital interactions as well as create connected digital experiences that customers so want.
Traditional integration middleware technologies are complex, leading to long-drawn integration projects, typically involving a lot of consulting effort. The cost of integration can quickly become astronomical. Given that integration is becoming the bedrock of digital transformation and the path for companies to become intelligent enterprises, we need to simplify integration tremendously.
At SAP, we understand the importance of simplifying integration for our customers so they can focus on innovations on top. We have built a cohesive Integration Suite on the cloud to simplify integration for our customers by combing together the right set of services.
SAP IntegrationSuite – SAP´s versatile, dynamic and enterprise-grade iPaaS (integration platform-as-a-service) – simplifies and accelerates enterprise integration and helps organizations to quickly transition to becoming intelligent enterprises. It is an open and modular iPaaS supporting a comprehensive set of end-to-end integration scenarios. Integration scenarios represent the customer-jobs-to-done, the modular set of integration services work together in cohesion to support these customer scenarios.
Versatile Integration Suite to Simplify all your Integration scenarios
SAP Integration Suite is very versatile supporting all the integration approaches both traditional and modern.
A2A Integration integrating end-to-end processes across SAP/non-SAP and cloud/on-premise such as hire-to-retire, lead-to-cash, procure-to-pay and issue-to-resolution with out-of-the-box pre-packaged integrations and 150+ open connectors to hubs such as CRM, marketing, social, document management, ERP, Communication etc.
B2B Integration supporting traditional EDI (electronic data interchange) as well as real-time API-based integrations to facilitate business-to-business collaborations. The suite also supports emerging scenarios with blockchain to foster trustful relationships in a business network.
B2G Integration supporting businesses to interact with their government agencies electronically. More and more e-government initiatives – e.g. e-VAT in Spain, GST in India and PEPOL in EU are driving digital interactions between businesses and government and SAP Integration Suite provides pre-packaged integrations to help organizations comply to regulations and help governments to create transparency and improve governance.
Real-time API-based Integration supports omnichannel access and improves customer experiences dramatically. Organizations are using APIs top create omnichannel access and hiding complexity of underlying heterogeneous landscapes
Orchestration using workflows, business rules to build process-based digital apps by integrating data silos and creating simplified experiences for customers, employees, and partners.
Event-driven Integration to support de-coupled integrations across applications, IOT, and people, enabling sense-and-respond patterns with enterprise messaging and serverless function-as-a-service.
IOT Integration to connect devices and machines to core business processes of the organization to support predictive maintenance, real-time supply chains, and digital manufacturing. SAP Integration Suite offers device onboarding, connectivity, edge processing as well as a well-defined digital twin foundation support IOT integrations
Ecosystems and marketplaces are dominating business collaboration for organizations, customers are using open APIs to integrate into marketplaces, build ecosystems through digital channels as well as creating new revenue streams by monetizing APIs.
Agile Data Grids and Microservices to support a Digital Integration Hub to create a real-time digital access layer to insulate heterogenous transaction backends using in-memory data grids and leveraging microservice-based architectures.
6 ways in How SAP Integration Suite can Simplify Integration
Our mission with SAP Integration Suite is to truly simplify integration (see exhibit below) and help organizations to achieve lower costs of development and ownership as well as increase agility, improve customer experiences, collaborate in real-time, and achieve process excellence. How do we simplify integration?
Out-of-the-box integrations with pre-packaged integrations that can be deployed in a turn-key fashion can accelerate integration projects from months to days. SAP provides 825+ packaged integrations (as of this writing) for end-to-end scenarios such as hire-to-retire, lead-to-cash, procure-to-pay etc. Pre-packaged integrations can be discovered, configured and deployed by line-of-business functional consultants, without a need for complex integration projects.
Open APIs with rich semantics (defined by open standards such as OData and Open API Specification) from SAP and partners simplify integration and app development significantly. The SAP API Business Hub has over 725+ APIs from SAP and partners to support an API-based integration approach to simplify integration.
Open connectors to over 150+ 3rd party applications simplify integrations by providing a harmonized API as well as events across integration hubs for domains such as CRM, ERP, Finance, Social, Document Management, Marketing and such. By using a 1àN, hub-based integration approach, customers gain simplicity, flexibility, and agility in their integrations.
Integration Advisor uses a unique crowd-sourcing approach and machine learning algorithms to automatically propose mappings, especially for complex B2B interfaces to simplify onboarding trading partners.
Cloud-based offering takes away the pain of deploying and scaling middleware for customers; pay-as-you-go pricing based on cloud credits simplifies consumption of the service and ties the cost directly to outcomes.
Multi-cloud deployment allows customers the choice to deploy the suite on any cloud of choice – SAP, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba Cloud as well private cloud offerings.
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Integration is the foundation for an intelligent enterprise and with SAP Integration Suite – our versatile, dynamic, and enterprise-grade enterprise integration platform – we help our customers accelerate their path to an intelligent enterprise by simplifying integrations.