Ever-increasing interconnection has become an integral part of today’s business world. At the same time, more and more specialized solutions are being used in various areas of everyday corporate life (be it project management, EHS or travel expense accounting). Today, these are mostly implemented as innovative cloud solutions. However, this development brings with it the challenge of integrating a wide variety of systems.
At the same time, a consolidated database is more important than ever. Cross-functional reporting, in which, for example, data from Human Resources, Purchasing and Sales are brought together with cost center information, is essential for modern corporate management.
Only when reliable, consistent data is available can companies gain new insights and make informed decisions to secure their current position and generate competitive advantage.
There are many cloud services from large providers such as SalesForce or Oracle, but also from smaller, specialized companies like Atlassian. These usually cover individual areas, such as recruiting (e.g. Avature), purchasing processes (e.g. Coupa) or HR Talent & Learning solutions (e.g. Workday).
However, this phenomenon inevitably contributes to the emergence of data silos. These must then be integrated with the core data of the company. Companies that use a data warehouse solution from SAP typically want to import this data.
Cloud services have modern APIs, which are mostly REST based. A REST (Representational State Transfer) interface allows the different systems to communicate with each other using an HTTP protocol. It represents a set of rules on how applications should be programmed to simplify data exchange. This allows the systems to understand each other even though they speak different languages. In addition to REST, there are many other web services such as SOAP or other technical options that can be used in individual cases.
SAP has numerous types of integration in its various products. For example, SAP Cloud Plattform Integration can be used as a middle ware. Smart Data Integration (SDI) and Smart Data Access (SDA) can be used in a HANA system. But even in a standard BW system integration can be done quite easy via ABAP. SAP products are therefore well integrated in their ecosystem, but this does not always apply to other systems. So, the question arises how you can still achieve integration and which way is best for you.