As companies adopt new cloud solutions for faster innovations, consumer-grade user experience, and lower total cost of ownership, hybrid IT landscapes across on-premise and the cloud will become the norm. This makes successful integration top of mind for customers. And with the market for public cloud solutions projected to grow 18.5% in 2013 to a total of $131 billion worldwide,1 the need to integrate will only intensify.
In a hybrid landscape, customers not only have to factor in the implementation time and cost of complex integrations across heterogeneous systems consisting of SAP, non-SAP, and custom applications, they also have to consider the ongoing support and maintenance of these integrations. In their journey to cloud, it is critical that customers prevent data inconsistencies and information silos, and ensure they have seamless end-to-end business process integration across their on-premise and cloud applications.
3-Pronged Cloud Integration Strategy
We’ve recognized this need for customers to leverage and augment their existing on-premise investments with cloud applications to get faster business outcomes. To help customers rapidly and flexibly integrate our cloud solutions with other systems, whether they are SAP, non-SAP, or custom applications, we have adopted a three-pronged cloud integration strategy. This strategy is comprised of:
A new cloud-based integration technology, SAP HANA Cloud Integration
Prepackaged integrations known as iFlows
Open application program interfaces (APIs) and deployment choices for customers
SAP HANA Cloud Integration
SAP HANA Cloud Integration is a new cloud-based integration technology with process and data integration capabilities (see Figure 1). This was natively built on a multi-tenant cloud infrastructure, which supports the integration of SAP’s cloud applications to SAP, non-SAP, and custom applications (on-premise to cloud and cloud to cloud). This technology helps customers rapidly realize value from the prepackaged integrations (iFlows) delivered by SAP. Customers don’t need to procure additional hardware, set up a new middleware landscape, or invest in monitoring for the underlying integration technology. On this technology, they can extend standard integration content provided by SAP and build new custom integration.
Prepackaged Integrations (iFlows)
SAP has invested in hundreds of functionally rich prepackaged integrations called iFlows across all of our cloud solutions (see sidebar). iFlows make it faster and easier for customers to realize the value of hybrid landscapes. The prepackaged integrations are supported through upgrades and product releases by SAP.2 With prepackaged integrations, customers get access to SAP’s deep domain knowledge and best practices for hybrid deployments of on-premise and cloud applications.
Open APIs and Deployment Choices
We recognize that SAP cannot realistically provide prepackaged integrations for every scenario. To help, we offer a rich set of open standards-based APIs that customers can leverage to build net-new custom integrations specific to their needs. Customers can also choose to use their existing SAP NetWeaver Process Integration to deploy our iFlows. In addition to offering our own integration technologies, SAP also certifies connectors developed by third-party integration platforms, like MuleSoft, Cast Iron, and Boomi, to our cloud solutions.
SAP aims to enable our customers to take full advantage of the cloud and derive the intended business outcome. Through our integration technology, functionally rich prepackaged integrations (iFlows), and a rich set of open APIs, our customers have a trusted partner to help them with their implementation and support of their end-to-end integrated hybrid landscape.
1 Gartner, “Gartner Says Worldwide Public Cloud Services Market to Total $131 Billion” (February 28, 2013; www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2352816). [back]
2 Based on the particular scenario, prepackaged integration may be available on SAP NetWeaver Process Integration, SAP HANA Cloud Integration, point-to-point, or Dell Boomi AtomSphere for SuccessFactors Employee Central. [back]