024 – SAP Integration and API

In this show I’m thrilled to have Harsh Jegadeesan, how is a product manager from SAP. He is responsible to for quite a few of the integration product as SAP and has a strong presence in SAP progress to API. It was a really interesting conversation where we covered a lot about what was going on with integration at SAPTeched and SAP in general.

This is the first time I do a live interview and in a bit noisy setting, but it should be possible to hear what we are talking about.

We do cover quite a few interesting things on the show.

  • Using API as a way to remove the complexity of your landscape, as the bedsheet you use to throw over your bed to cover the mesh.
  • Why is the API different than the Enterprise SOA. One of the differences Harsh mentioned was that E-SOA was a waterfall approach whereas the API is a lot more agile. SAP is using the same API for UI so they will do a better job understanding them.
  • We talk about API and how to implement them in a customer landscape and how SAP is thinking about API.
  • Open connectors: One interesting point I took away from it was that it was more a hub model. So you could have to multiply ie. CRM system and then you would just all the Open Connector with one standard interface, then Open Connector would ensure it is delivered to the correct CRM system if organizations use different settings.
  • We talk about the Cloud Integration Suite and where it fits into the customer’s journey.

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023 – Kafka and Events in a SAP context

One of the new development patterns is the events, and SAP is also embracing it with the new S/4 HANA options. With this show, I have Ramesh Jogula to share something about what the event concept
is and where it fits into an SAP landscape. Ramesh has a strong SAP PI background and is now also working with KAFKA, so it was an ideal way to get some insights on how it would work.

Apache Kafka is one of the big frameworks for handling events and its dynamic scalability feature is the reason to lead in the Microservices architecture space. One of the commercial licenses for it is from  https://www.confluent.io/

On the show, we talk about the change of architecture from Monolith applications as SAP ERP to the newer paradigm of Micro-services.
These are two different concepts, In the micro-services space it makes a lot of sense to handle events and scale the application based on dynamic requirements
We talk about events, the meaning of events and how messages are treated as events. How are the events handled in synchronous and asynchronous patterns.
In Enterprise context, one of the thing that also makes sense is using SAP PI/PO as the API gateway to SAP ERP and KAFKA, which in turn
communicates to BIG data landscape or other enterprise applications with tons of messages/events getting processed across the enterprise.
SAP PI rest adapter can support use cases of the Kafka, but there is an additional option of using Advantco adapter for KAFKA which is a licensed product.

022 – SAP Teched Barcelona prep for integration

In this episode, I’ll be sharing some of the most interesting sessions from the SAP Teched Agenda. There are two learning journeys of interest. Learning journeys is a grouping of the session that is relevant for a user. It makes it a lot easier than searching for the product names as I did earlier. The two main ones are.

Learn how to configure, deploy, and monitor end-to-end integration scenarios across SAP and non-SAP applications in a hybrid system landscape.

INT2 – Master Integration Technologies

Become an expert in our integration technology portfolio, spanning cloud-based integration supporting A2A and B2B integration scenarios, hybrid integration, and scenario-driven API design, and discover prepackaged integration content.

My Agenda

On my agenda, I have the following

There is quite a lot of session of interest for SAP Integration since it is a big topic for customers. I guess SAP have also been adding a lot some more tools to the Cloud Integration offering to support customers. I recommend checking out the Cloud Platform Suite sessions.

  • INT102 Integration Architectures for Hybrid System Landscapes
  • INT101 Our Integration Platform-as-a-Service Offering on SAP Cloud Platform
  • CS100  Becoming an Influencer (just because I speaking)
  • AIN304  Craft and Execute Your Digital Strategy with APIs using SAP Cloud Platform
  • INT360  Extending Cloud Solutions with Workflow and Integration
  • INT366 Integration of Business Partners (B2B) Leveraging Integration as a Service

Also be sure to check out my blog on what is happening on SAP Integration at Teched. I shared my biggest takeaways from the Las Vegas event in this blog on SAP Integration.

 

You can also watch the Youtube live session I did on the topic.

Looking forward to meeting you in Barcelona, remember to say hi.