Enterprise Integration is a bit challenging and the field is moving to fast that nobody is able to follow on what is going on. That is what Integration Podcast will cover.

We will be focusing on the SAP Integration platforms from SAP PI/PO,  Cloud Integration, API Management, Gateway and Cloud Platform. There are so many different tools that you must be looking at to understand what is relevant.

We will also be covering the other techniques going on to make sure that your Enterprise works.

Daniel Graversen has worked with SAP Integration for 10+ years. Over the years there have been some frustrations about how to get different software and tool working optimally for clients.

Daniel is an SAP Mentor and a part of the community around SAP.

Daniel is both developing integrations, sharing information about integration, trained people in using the tools and advised companies about best leverage their investments in integration.

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Episodes

019 – IFG Integration day and survey

In this episode, I have Pontus Borgström how is Integration Architect at SKF and a part of Swedish User Group and the International Usergroup for Integration. In this episode, we will talk about the integration day and the IFG Integration survey. I think it is some interesting concepts so I’m thrilled to share them with you.  I’m also a part of the International Focus Group for Integration (IFG) and is helping out with the community.

Integration Day(s)

One of the goals is to expose integration experts and architects for different approaches for how integration is done. We normally don’t get out and get inspiration from other sources so it is seldom we try to organize everything self instead of learning from others. On the days you will be exposed to how other people approach integration and how to deal with it. There will be two days 5 and 6 of November 2018.

  1. Day one is a focus on hands-on sessions. Here you will be able to get an a little deeper understanding of some of the technologies. For some session, it will be possible to try it on your own system if you bring your laptop.
  2. Day two is a focus on more concepts a is the day where you will get some ideas about all the things happening in the world of SAP Integration. So a lot of Roadmap sessions.

We know that it is close to SAP Teched but the focus is more on what users are currently doing instead of the focus at Teched on the future products.

Figaf is a sponsor of the event because I think it is a good way to get people to learn from each other.

The price is from 100 EUR per day so it is really cheap.

You can view more about the agenda at the SAPSA site, and resister for it.

Integration Survey

One of IFGs other projects is the Survey on what users are doing. IT is used heavily by SAP to understand users and accept their decisions.

This year, the 10th annual survey contains 36 questions. It takes about 10 minutes to fill in.

 

017 – What to expect at SAPPHIRENOW 2018 from a integration perspective

Next week is SAPPHIRENOW in Orlando, and I’m looking forward to going there to see what is happening with Integration. SAPPHIRENOW is SAPs biggest event with a focus on what new SAP Software customers should be investing in. The conference has a big focus on the business values that SAP is providing and provide good roadmaps of what is to come.

In this episode of the podcast, I’ll be covering my expectations of SAPPHIRENOW and also something about the sessions that are most interesting from an integration perspective.

Last year SAP announced SAP Leonardo as their platform for handling all the cool new things like blockchain, IoT, Big Data and more. I guess it was mostly a branding of their Cloud Platform and some of the services so people could see it was something new.

I’m looking forward to seeing what is coming out of new things from the conference.

I have created a list of the sessions that look most promising from an integration perspective. The list originally appeared on my blog on SAP community.

 

Session ID Title Info
ASUG11011 Integration Architecture for Hybrid System Landscapes Thu
12:30 p.m. – 01:30 p.m.
PL60858 Adopt Winning Strategies for Cloud Integration Thu
03:00 p.m. – 03:40 p.m.
PL60859 Support Rapid Innovation with Straightforward Access to APIs Tue
11:00 a.m.
ASUG10522 APIs and Integration Strategy for SAP S/4HANA Cloud
Wed
11:00 a.m.
LE59486 Discover Extensions and APIs That Drive the Intelligent Enterprise Wed
01:00 p.m
ASUG11987 Integrating SAP S/4HANA Cloud: Road Map and Current Capabilities Wed
01:00 p.m
BA60744 Drive Transformation with Robotic Process Automation and SAP S/4HANA Cloud Thu
01:00 p.m

If you have an idea of sessions I forgot please share in the comments.

 

016 – Building a reliable SAP PI landscape

In this episode, I’ll share some of the different ideas and techniques that I have seen at customers locations.

Integration services are so important to the business that you must find a way to run SAP PI/PO all the time. It is one of the key things to consider how you can make a good distribution of your system and the workloads. And also be able to support the upgrades/patches as well as configuration as easy as possible.

In the podcast, I mention some different setups they can be combined with a different setup to suit what you want to achieve and how it is best for your organization.

  • One installation on multiple instances or server nodes. This is SAPs way of scaling the system. They are all linked but allow you to restart single servers or instances and distribute among the servers. You cannot specify where an integration should run.
  • Multi productive PI systems to handle the different flow. Then you can patch one while the others are running. It requires some extra maintenance
  • Decentral Adapter Engine. Where all systems are connected to one central system that allows you to distribute workload and just have one place for configuration.
  • Preprod failover. Where you are using your reproductive system as a way to have a hot-hot failover. It does require some extra configuration of the scenarios on the PreProd system but gives you some benefits if you want to switch to it.

If you have another idea please post a comment below then others can learn from it.