What You Need to Know About SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite

Discussion with a panel of SAP product experts

Matthew Shea: As of November 2018, SAP is excited to share that it now has over 6,000 customers leveraging its cloud integration services.

On today’s call we have assembled for you a lineup of who’s who from our SAP Cloud Platform Integration product team to share their expertise. Today, we have a panel of product owners from various disciplines, including process integration, Application Programming Management (API) management, and workflow optimization.

Your product experts today are:

  • Chris Aron, Global Go-to-Market, SAP Cloud Platform
  • Elijah Martinez, API Management, Product Management, SAP Cloud Platform
  • Peter McNulty, Workflow and Business Rules Product Management, SAP Cloud Platform
  • Tushar Pradhan, Cloud Platform Integration Product Management, SAP Cloud Platform
  • Udo Paltzer, Product Manager, SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite

Before we take your questions, Chris will share a brief introduction to the new platform.

Chris Aron: We are excited about the feedback we have received from our customers and partners regarding our new SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite branding that was recently announced at SAP’s TechEd events.

Our existing customers have frequently leveraged multiple cloud integration services together to achieve their enterprise connectivity goals, and this naming change supports the notion that these services are frequently used in concert to achieve business outcomes.

The goal for SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite is to help our customers connect people, processes, data, and devices everywhere, allowing people with different skillsets to leverage wide-ranging integration approaches, using intuitive tools and prepackaged integration content. Through this versatile enterprise-grade cloud integration platform, we hope that you can achieve faster results and gain greater business agility.

So please don’t be shy in this session. We are here to help answer your questions. Simply post your questions in the chat box. Our team of proven integration experts is standing by to provide you with precise responses.

Comment From Ivan: What new integration capabilities will be released on the SAP Cloud Platform in 2019?

Tushar Pradhan: In 2019 SAP plans to release these capabilities:

  • Integration content
  • Increased developer productivity, such as undo/redo
  • Connectivity
  • Additional connectivity options, such as Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) for on-premise database systems
  • Business-to-business (B2B) integration
  • Additional B2B and business-to-government (B2G) capabilities, such as AS4 adapter for the Pan European Public Procurement Online PEPPOL eDelivery Network

Further capabilities include multi-cloud support in Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Key capabilities planned beyond Q1 include:

  • Additional B2B capabilities, such as trading partner management
  • Further multi-cloud support, including private cloud
  • Additional certifications, such as ISO 27018

Elijah Martinez: Additionally, from API Management there will be an enhanced user interface (UI), deep open API integration, high availability enhancements, and much more.

Comment From Aaron: What role can SAP Cloud Platform Workflow service play in helping me optimize my data and process integration?

Peter: The SAP Cloud Platform Workflow service enhances SAP Cloud Platform with business process management capabilities that are a key ingredient of a cloud application platform. These capabilities allow partners and customers to orchestrate a sequence of tasks across different people and organizations. SAP Cloud Platform Workflow service includes Web-based tools for workflow authoring, RESTful APIs for consuming workflows in custom applications, and a set of SAP Fiori apps for end-user access. Service tasks are used to call RESTful services via HTTP. For other protocols and more complex integration patterns, you would use SAP Cloud Platform Integration.

Comment From John: How is SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite different from SAP’s previous cloud offerings? Quite frankly, they are starting to blur together.

Chris Aron: Hi, John, SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite is just a new branding term to encompass our SAP Cloud Platform Integration services — for example, Process Integration, Data Integration, Application Programming (API) Management, and IOT services. See Figure 1 to see which services we are seeking to cover with the new naming.

SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite services

Figure 1 — SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite services

Comment From Priyanka: How does SAP’s partnership with Cloud Elements for Open Connectors improve integration options on the SAP Cloud Platform?

Elijah Martinez: The new Open Connectors service, now available on SAP Cloud Platform as part of the SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite, is a set of 150 (and growing) out-of-the-box  third-party connectors, such as SalesForce, QuickBooks, NetSuite, Workday, and Marketo.

These out-of-the-box integrations for SAP systems to non-SAP systems drastically open up the integration space for our customers and complement completely the SAP system to SAP system integration strengths already being delivered (examples can be found at https://api.sap.com), providing customers with a richer set of predelivered content to accelerate time to live content.

Comment From Lisa: What are the benefits of integration with SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite for customers using or planning to move to SAP S/4HANA?

Tushar Pradhan: This integration allows seamless integration with SAP S/4HANA. Additional open connectors (150 and growing) are available for more integrating capabilities, such as API Management, Workflow and Business Rules, and Integration Content Advisor. All these capabilities are benefits of using SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite. SAP Cloud Platform provided lots of services, and more are being made available.

Comment From Neil: Why would SAP system users benefit from integration through SAP Cloud Platform compared with other platform options?

Udo Paltzer: One of the key benefits of SAP Cloud Platform Integration is the prepackaged integration content, which can be used by customers as out-of-the-box templates. There are around 900 prepackaged integration scenarios delivered out of the box that can be leveraged with any license to SAP Cloud Platform Integration. The templates can be used as is, they can be modified, or customers can create their own integration scenarios. The prepackaged integration content can be discovered on our SAP API Business Hub at https://api.sap.com/.

Comment From Ryan: Where can I find a list of the third-party connectors referenced by Elijah?

Elijah Martinez: As part of the SAP Cloud Platform commitment to openness, the Open Connectors service is available to try out completely free on the SAP Cloud Platform Trial at https://account.hanatrial.ondemand.com/. Simply create an account with your email address to get an unlimited lifetime trial. Inside the SAP Cloud Platform you can go to Services and Enable the Open Connectors service and find the entire list of available connectors there, without restriction.

Comment From Pat: What is the best and easiest way to ramp up people on SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite?

 Tushar Pradhan:

  1. Use openSAP Courses. It has many options on ramping up.
  2. Sign up for a free trial account and explore SAP Cloud Platform and SAP Cloud Platform Integration at https://cloudplatform.sap.com/index.html.
  3. Take advantage of the examples and training at https://help.sap.com/viewer/368c481cd6954bdfa5d0435479fd4eaf/Cloud/en-US/58ff94fc64784e3d9e53f357f08a0bce.html.
  4. Read and try out various blogs on SAP Cloud Platform Integration and API.

Chris Aron: In addition to Tushar’s recommendations, Udo has recorded some short YouTube videos at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl9LVn32pK8&list=PLkzo92owKnVwUoypV34RbxBZihYqi6eE3.

We also have an SAP Garage series going on now where we cover different topics (including integration) and capabilities in a 30-minute technical demonstration format. Here is a link: https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&referrer=&eventid=1757313&sessionid=1&key=409EFCD37FA19BF0BECF0132A02020CA&regTag=311279&sourcepage=register.

We also have some of the SAP Garage sessions available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQjaACDFUEY&list=PLWV533hWWvDnWRZAUjcDvwlGJ-0npJxlL.

Comment From Maura: What are the use cases or benefits of SAP Cloud Platform Workflow service? Could you give an example?

Peter McNulty: SAP Cloud Platform Workflow allows partners and customers to build, run, and manage workflows, from simple approvals to end-to-end processes that span across different organizations and applications.

You can extend standard processes, create new workflow applications, manage tasks using My Inbox, and quickly automate flexible decision logic in new and existing applications.

For example, customers might have requirements to extend the standard onboarding process for new hires in SAP SuccessFactors. For instance, automatically ordering IT equipment through procurement in ERP or SAP S/4HANA, booking travel, or creating service orders for office setup. These customer-specific business processes, which would involve manual steps in various applications, could be easily automated and managed through the SAP Cloud Workflow service.

Comment From Greg: We have been using the SAP Cloud Platform since going to a hybrid SAP SuccessFactors and SAP ERP ecosystem. One of the challenges has been defining the administrative and development roles in terms of access and allowed tasking. Is there a leading practice governance model for SAP Cloud Platform access management and development available?

Udo Paltzer: In general, SAP Cloud Platform supports user and role management, which allows you to assign very fine granular roles and authorizations for the various tasks on SAP Cloud Platform. The roles and authorizations provided by the different services of the SAP Cloud Platform are according to administration, development, test and support, and business user. I hope this answer clarifies this matter a bit, at least with respect to roles and authorization offered by the SAP Cloud Platform.

Chris Aron: Here is a link to the SAP Help site that describes how to set up accounts within SAP Cloud Platform:  .

Comment From Greg: I was thinking more about some kind of alignment with something like Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) or Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies (COBIT) frameworks that would reduce the time and compliance reviews by showing the cloud platform administrative governance modeled after one of those or similar frameworks. It would reduce the time to productive use in highly regulated and secure environments.

Udo Paltzer: Thank you for clarifying. Actually, we have a blueprint on our Identity Authentication Service, which is published at https://cloudplatform.sap.com/scenarios/usecases/authentication.html.

The blueprint explains how to authenticate user credentials using SAP Cloud Platform Identity Authentication service. I hope this information helps you. Otherwise, we’ll be happy to follow up offline.

Elijah Martinez: As a follow-up to Udo’s response, SAP Cloud Platform is designed to be extremely flexible in its model to support a wide variety of authentication schemas. The predelivered scenarios mentioned by Udo show you one way how SAP assists you with examples, and if you require a very specific model as above, we can assist you with how to structure the authentication in the way that you desire.

Tushar Pradhan: For Open SAP Courses, go to this site: https://open.sap.com/. You can also view the following videos on SAP Cloud Platform Integration on YouTube:

  • SAP Cloud Platform Integration – Overview 
  • Creating an IFlow on SAP Cloud Platform Integration 
  • SAP HANA Cloud Integration and SAP Cloud Integration Training Videos 
  • SAP Cloud Platform Integration: Business to Business 

Comment From Stephan: Currently in my company I have been exploring a move to a more flexible API architecture to unlock my SAP ERP and non-SAP systems in developing new applications. How would I integrate all this?

Elijah Martinez: From the SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite offerings, this would fall most closely under the SAP API Management platform, the strategic service for exposing and governing APIs, both from SAP and non-SAP sources, in one single discovery and control point.

As with Open Connectors, you can try this service out yourself completely for free on the SAP Cloud Platform Trial and you can read some basic information about the service here: https://account.hanatrial.ondemand.com/.

Comment From RK: What is the difference between SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform?

Chris Aron: Hi, RK. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud  is a managed hosting offer for running SAP on-premise solutions (for example, SAP ERP Central Component [SAP ECC] and SAP S/4HANA ). SAP Cloud Platform is an application development platform (public cloud) where we provide a set of services (Integration being one area) to help extend SAP software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications such as SAP SuccessFactors and SAP S/4HANA (for example, using an ABAP environment). SAP Cloud Platform can also be a great entry point to cloud native concepts — for example, serverless computing and development and operations. I’ll try to find a comparison of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud  versus SAP Cloud Platform for you.

Here is a blog post comparing the two offerings. Sorry I could not find a diagram: https://blogs.sap.com/2016/05/10/sap-hana-enterprise-cloud-and-sap-hana-cloud-platform-a-hybrid-with-a-view/

Comment From Roland: Does SAP offer integration best practices and content to help you get started?

Tushar Pradhan: Yes, SAP offers best practices at different steps depending on what you are looking for right from architecture to implementation. Pre-Packaged Content offered by SAP helps in an integration project. For more information, go to https://api.sap.com/.

Comment From Chandan: What are the selling points for SAP Cloud Platform Integration and the API Management tool compared with some of the other tools available in the market, such as MuleSoft and SoftwareAG, for SAP Cloud Integration and API Management?

Elijah Martinez: While we cannot directly comment on our competitors’ products, we can comment on the strengths of the SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite. As you may have seen in other answers, the SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite is composed of a collection of the following integrated services  that are best of breed in their area:

  • SAP Cloud Platform Integration — This service offers deep process integration, B2B, Transformation, message merging, etc.
  • API Management — Through a partnership with Apigee, SAP takes the core capabilites from one of the market leaders in API governance and brings them directly into the SAP space
  • Open Connectors — SAP offers this service through a partnership with Cloud Elements, a provider of out-of-the-box third-party content
  • Workflow and Business Rules — A modernized business rules management (BRM) and business process management (BPM) tool in the cloud for automating integration and orchestration tasks
  • Enterprise Messaging — This is a high-speed, high-volume asynchronous messaging component brought into SAP Cloud Platform Integration or offered as a standalone application.
  • Integration Content Advisor — This is SAP’s home-built machine learning tool for automatically suggesting Integration Content such as mappings to a user.

All these tools can be used completely on their own to do exactly what is needed by a customer, or they can be used together to expand the usage completely depending on the customers’ requirements. We believe this is the strong and broadest set of capabilities in the market, and they have been built completely in a native cloud architecture.

Additionally, we predeliver a huge amount of content for API and integration patterns on https://api.sap.com —  possibly the largest open repository in the world currently.

Comment From Chris: What does SAP recommend for integrating my SAP S/4HANA system?

Tushar Pradhan: SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite provides many options, including the following:

  • Cloud Integration, Integration Content Advisor, Connectivity Service, Smart Data Integration
  • API Management
  • Open Connectors
  • API/Microservices Development in Cloud Foundry (serverless)
  • IOT Foundation (device, digital twin, SAP Edge Services)
  • SAP HANA Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS), an in-memory data grid
  • Complex Event Processing
  • Workflow, Business Rules, and Inbox
  • Enterprise Messaging
  • Streaming Analytics

Matthew Shea: As of November 2018, SAP is excited to share that it now has over 6,000 customers leveraging its cloud integration services.

On today’s call we have assembled for you a lineup of who’s who from our SAP Cloud Platform Integration product team to share their expertise. Today, we have a panel of product owners from various disciplines, including process integration, Application Programming Management (API) management, and workflow optimization.

Your product experts today are:

  • Chris Aron, Global Go-to-Market, SAP Cloud Platform
  • Elijah Martinez, API Management, Product Management, SAP Cloud Platform
  • Peter McNulty, Workflow and Business Rules Product Management, SAP Cloud Platform
  • Tushar Pradhan, Cloud Platform Integration Product Management, SAP Cloud Platform
  • Udo Paltzer, Product Manager, SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite

Before we take your questions, Chris will share a brief introduction to the new platform.

Chris Aron: We are excited about the feedback we have received from our customers and partners regarding our new SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite branding that was recently announced at SAP’s TechEd events.

Our existing customers have frequently leveraged multiple cloud integration services together to achieve their enterprise connectivity goals, and this naming change supports the notion that these services are frequently used in concert to achieve business outcomes.

The goal for SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite is to help our customers connect people, processes, data, and devices everywhere, allowing people with different skillsets to leverage wide-ranging integration approaches, using intuitive tools and prepackaged integration content. Through this versatile enterprise-grade cloud integration platform, we hope that you can achieve faster results and gain greater business agility.

So please don’t be shy in this session. We are here to help answer your questions. Simply post your questions in the chat box. Our team of proven integration experts is standing by to provide you with precise responses.

Comment From Ivan: What new integration capabilities will be released on the SAP Cloud Platform in 2019?

Tushar Pradhan: In 2019 SAP plans to release these capabilities:

  • Integration content
  • Increased developer productivity, such as undo/redo
  • Connectivity
  • Additional connectivity options, such as Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) for on-premise database systems
  • Business-to-business (B2B) integration
  • Additional B2B and business-to-government (B2G) capabilities, such as AS4 adapter for the Pan European Public Procurement Online PEPPOL eDelivery Network

Further capabilities include multi-cloud support in Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Key capabilities planned beyond Q1 include:

  • Additional B2B capabilities, such as trading partner management
  • Further multi-cloud support, including private cloud
  • Additional certifications, such as ISO 27018

Elijah Martinez: Additionally, from API Management there will be an enhanced user interface (UI), deep open API integration, high availability enhancements, and much more.

Comment From Aaron: What role can SAP Cloud Platform Workflow service play in helping me optimize my data and process integration?

Peter: The SAP Cloud Platform Workflow service enhances SAP Cloud Platform with business process management capabilities that are a key ingredient of a cloud application platform. These capabilities allow partners and customers to orchestrate a sequence of tasks across different people and organizations. SAP Cloud Platform Workflow service includes Web-based tools for workflow authoring, RESTful APIs for consuming workflows in custom applications, and a set of SAP Fiori apps for end-user access. Service tasks are used to call RESTful services via HTTP. For other protocols and more complex integration patterns, you would use SAP Cloud Platform Integration.

Comment From John: How is SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite different from SAP’s previous cloud offerings? Quite frankly, they are starting to blur together.

Chris Aron: Hi, John, SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite is just a new branding term to encompass our SAP Cloud Platform Integration services — for example, Process Integration, Data Integration, Application Programming (API) Management, and IOT services. See Figure 1 to see which services we are seeking to cover with the new naming.

SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite services

Figure 1 — SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite services

Comment From Priyanka: How does SAP’s partnership with Cloud Elements for Open Connectors improve integration options on the SAP Cloud Platform?

Elijah Martinez: The new Open Connectors service, now available on SAP Cloud Platform as part of the SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite, is a set of 150 (and growing) out-of-the-box  third-party connectors, such as SalesForce, QuickBooks, NetSuite, Workday, and Marketo.

These out-of-the-box integrations for SAP systems to non-SAP systems drastically open up the integration space for our customers and complement completely the SAP system to SAP system integration strengths already being delivered (examples can be found at https://api.sap.com), providing customers with a richer set of predelivered content to accelerate time to live content.

Comment From Lisa: What are the benefits of integration with SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite for customers using or planning to move to SAP S/4HANA?

Tushar Pradhan: This integration allows seamless integration with SAP S/4HANA. Additional open connectors (150 and growing) are available for more integrating capabilities, such as API Management, Workflow and Business Rules, and Integration Content Advisor. All these capabilities are benefits of using SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite. SAP Cloud Platform provided lots of services, and more are being made available.

Comment From Neil: Why would SAP system users benefit from integration through SAP Cloud Platform compared with other platform options?

Udo Paltzer: One of the key benefits of SAP Cloud Platform Integration is the prepackaged integration content, which can be used by customers as out-of-the-box templates. There are around 900 prepackaged integration scenarios delivered out of the box that can be leveraged with any license to SAP Cloud Platform Integration. The templates can be used as is, they can be modified, or customers can create their own integration scenarios. The prepackaged integration content can be discovered on our SAP API Business Hub at https://api.sap.com/.

Comment From Ryan: Where can I find a list of the third-party connectors referenced by Elijah?

Elijah Martinez: As part of the SAP Cloud Platform commitment to openness, the Open Connectors service is available to try out completely free on the SAP Cloud Platform Trial at https://account.hanatrial.ondemand.com/. Simply create an account with your email address to get an unlimited lifetime trial. Inside the SAP Cloud Platform you can go to Services and Enable the Open Connectors service and find the entire list of available connectors there, without restriction.

Comment From Pat: What is the best and easiest way to ramp up people on SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite?

 Tushar Pradhan:

  1. Use openSAP Courses. It has many options on ramping up.
  2. Sign up for a free trial account and explore SAP Cloud Platform and SAP Cloud Platform Integration at https://cloudplatform.sap.com/index.html.
  3. Take advantage of the examples and training at https://help.sap.com/viewer/368c481cd6954bdfa5d0435479fd4eaf/Cloud/en-US/58ff94fc64784e3d9e53f357f08a0bce.html.
  4. Read and try out various blogs on SAP Cloud Platform Integration and API.

Chris Aron: In addition to Tushar’s recommendations, Udo has recorded some short YouTube videos at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl9LVn32pK8&list=PLkzo92owKnVwUoypV34RbxBZihYqi6eE3.

We also have an SAP Garage series going on now where we cover different topics (including integration) and capabilities in a 30-minute technical demonstration format. Here is a link: https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&referrer=&eventid=1757313&sessionid=1&key=409EFCD37FA19BF0BECF0132A02020CA&regTag=311279&sourcepage=register.

We also have some of the SAP Garage sessions available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQjaACDFUEY&list=PLWV533hWWvDnWRZAUjcDvwlGJ-0npJxlL.

Comment From Maura: What are the use cases or benefits of SAP Cloud Platform Workflow service? Could you give an example?

Peter McNulty: SAP Cloud Platform Workflow allows partners and customers to build, run, and manage workflows, from simple approvals to end-to-end processes that span across different organizations and applications.

You can extend standard processes, create new workflow applications, manage tasks using My Inbox, and quickly automate flexible decision logic in new and existing applications.

For example, customers might have requirements to extend the standard onboarding process for new hires in SAP SuccessFactors. For instance, automatically ordering IT equipment through procurement in ERP or SAP S/4HANA, booking travel, or creating service orders for office setup. These customer-specific business processes, which would involve manual steps in various applications, could be easily automated and managed through the SAP Cloud Workflow service.

Comment From Greg: We have been using the SAP Cloud Platform since going to a hybrid SAP SuccessFactors and SAP ERP ecosystem. One of the challenges has been defining the administrative and development roles in terms of access and allowed tasking. Is there a leading practice governance model for SAP Cloud Platform access management and development available?

Udo Paltzer: In general, SAP Cloud Platform supports user and role management, which allows you to assign very fine granular roles and authorizations for the various tasks on SAP Cloud Platform. The roles and authorizations provided by the different services of the SAP Cloud Platform are according to administration, development, test and support, and business user. I hope this answer clarifies this matter a bit, at least with respect to roles and authorization offered by the SAP Cloud Platform.

Chris Aron: Here is a link to the SAP Help site that describes how to set up accounts within SAP Cloud Platform:  .

Comment From Greg: I was thinking more about some kind of alignment with something like Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) or Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies (COBIT) frameworks that would reduce the time and compliance reviews by showing the cloud platform administrative governance modeled after one of those or similar frameworks. It would reduce the time to productive use in highly regulated and secure environments.

Udo Paltzer: Thank you for clarifying. Actually, we have a blueprint on our Identity Authentication Service, which is published at https://cloudplatform.sap.com/scenarios/usecases/authentication.html.

The blueprint explains how to authenticate user credentials using SAP Cloud Platform Identity Authentication service. I hope this information helps you. Otherwise, we’ll be happy to follow up offline.

Elijah Martinez: As a follow-up to Udo’s response, SAP Cloud Platform is designed to be extremely flexible in its model to support a wide variety of authentication schemas. The predelivered scenarios mentioned by Udo show you one way how SAP assists you with examples, and if you require a very specific model as above, we can assist you with how to structure the authentication in the way that you desire.

Tushar Pradhan: For Open SAP Courses, go to this site: https://open.sap.com/. You can also view the following videos on SAP Cloud Platform Integration on YouTube:

  • SAP Cloud Platform Integration – Overview 
  • Creating an IFlow on SAP Cloud Platform Integration 
  • SAP HANA Cloud Integration and SAP Cloud Integration Training Videos 
  • SAP Cloud Platform Integration: Business to Business 

Comment From Stephan: Currently in my company I have been exploring a move to a more flexible API architecture to unlock my SAP ERP and non-SAP systems in developing new applications. How would I integrate all this?

Elijah Martinez: From the SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite offerings, this would fall most closely under the SAP API Management platform, the strategic service for exposing and governing APIs, both from SAP and non-SAP sources, in one single discovery and control point.

As with Open Connectors, you can try this service out yourself completely for free on the SAP Cloud Platform Trial and you can read some basic information about the service here: https://account.hanatrial.ondemand.com/.

Comment From RK: What is the difference between SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform?

Chris Aron: Hi, RK. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud  is a managed hosting offer for running SAP on-premise solutions (for example, SAP ERP Central Component [SAP ECC] and SAP S/4HANA ). SAP Cloud Platform is an application development platform (public cloud) where we provide a set of services (Integration being one area) to help extend SAP software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications such as SAP SuccessFactors and SAP S/4HANA (for example, using an ABAP environment). SAP Cloud Platform can also be a great entry point to cloud native concepts — for example, serverless computing and development and operations. I’ll try to find a comparison of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud  versus SAP Cloud Platform for you.

Here is a blog post comparing the two offerings. Sorry I could not find a diagram: https://blogs.sap.com/2016/05/10/sap-hana-enterprise-cloud-and-sap-hana-cloud-platform-a-hybrid-with-a-view/

Comment From Roland: Does SAP offer integration best practices and content to help you get started?

Tushar Pradhan: Yes, SAP offers best practices at different steps depending on what you are looking for right from architecture to implementation. Pre-Packaged Content offered by SAP helps in an integration project. For more information, go to https://api.sap.com/.

Comment From Chandan: What are the selling points for SAP Cloud Platform Integration and the API Management tool compared with some of the other tools available in the market, such as MuleSoft and SoftwareAG, for SAP Cloud Integration and API Management?

Elijah Martinez: While we cannot directly comment on our competitors’ products, we can comment on the strengths of the SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite. As you may have seen in other answers, the SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite is composed of a collection of the following integrated services  that are best of breed in their area:

  • SAP Cloud Platform Integration — This service offers deep process integration, B2B, Transformation, message merging, etc.
  • API Management — Through a partnership with Apigee, SAP takes the core capabilites from one of the market leaders in API governance and brings them directly into the SAP space
  • Open Connectors — SAP offers this service through a partnership with Cloud Elements, a provider of out-of-the-box third-party content
  • Workflow and Business Rules — A modernized business rules management (BRM) and business process management (BPM) tool in the cloud for automating integration and orchestration tasks
  • Enterprise Messaging — This is a high-speed, high-volume asynchronous messaging component brought into SAP Cloud Platform Integration or offered as a standalone application.
  • Integration Content Advisor — This is SAP’s home-built machine learning tool for automatically suggesting Integration Content such as mappings to a user.

All these tools can be used completely on their own to do exactly what is needed by a customer, or they can be used together to expand the usage completely depending on the customers’ requirements. We believe this is the strong and broadest set of capabilities in the market, and they have been built completely in a native cloud architecture.

Additionally, we predeliver a huge amount of content for API and integration patterns on https://api.sap.com —  possibly the largest open repository in the world currently.

Comment From Chris: What does SAP recommend for integrating my SAP S/4HANA system?

Tushar Pradhan: SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite provides many options, including the following:

  • Cloud Integration, Integration Content Advisor, Connectivity Service, Smart Data Integration
  • API Management
  • Open Connectors
  • API/Microservices Development in Cloud Foundry (serverless)
  • IOT Foundation (device, digital twin, SAP Edge Services)
  • SAP HANA Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS), an in-memory data grid
  • Complex Event Processing
  • Workflow, Business Rules, and Inbox
  • Enterprise Messaging
  • Streaming Analytics