SAP Cloud Platform Integration Day 2017 (aka third annual HCI Day )

I attended the SAP Cloud Platform Integration(HCI) day this week.

I created a video around the topic where I’m going deeper into the content that I can describe here.

 

There is a problem with the name of the product. There is no official abbreviation of it so during the presentation it was mentioned as HCI, SCP Integration and CPI. CPI is the most logical but is used by another product. The lack will mean it becomes more difficult to find people with the correct skillsets because there is so many different solutions. So until somebody find an official abbreviation I’ll be using HCI.

There was a section with the news highlights of HCI where Udo Paltzer was presenting some new.

·        Self service key store

·        JMS Queues internally to decouple async message. It is on the enterprise version.

·        99.99% uptime on a monthly basis. Somebody was mentioning that contract giving SAP access to hours of service window if it was planned.

·        Web UI was the way forward, Eclipse would be depreciated.

·        A customer regression testing solution. Since it is something I’m quite interested in with my tool for doing the same on SAP PI/PO. Check out http://figaf.com/irt to learn about the generic solution to test SAP PI/PO.

Customer regression testing is a service SAP provides where a customer can submit an iFlow together with in and out test messages. SAP would then make a test mock of the service and run the tests on it.

SAP will then run those mock iFlows in their own system before the code is released for customers and if there are any errors they would ensure that they do not break any functionality. This is a service you need to buy at SAP and will only cover your most critical or complex scenarios. And if your iFlow changes you will need to submit new tests. It will be a service you will see on the price list.

SAP was also presenting some of their services that used the HCI. There was a Ariba Connector hub something which enabled you to onboard vendors or suppliers fairly easy. Here the user was guided thru a wizard about the integration. There was some confusion where it fitted in but they were just creating iflow based on the configuration. There was also a Farma net demo where they also created iFlows in the background using some internal APIs for HCI. The API will be public this fall.

I was at a workshop last summer in Waldorf where we were looking for better ways to improve the integration experience. One of the ideas was this one click or wizard approach to create integrations.

There was also a Successfactor and eDocuments presentations. From them it was clear to see that these services gave companies an approach to SAP HCI and then they would get to know the product. And hopefully start moving more integrations to it. The hot example is the Spanish SII document that will start 1 july 2017. Last weeks there was 80 productive instances running now there was 280. So it was a big driver for getting HCI to customers.

There was 9 partner presentations of different levels of depth and relevance to HCI.

Some of the takeways I got from Morten Wittrock from KMD was that it would be beneficial to learn about the Camel framework and groovy scripts because it enabled you to leverage the full platform.

ProXcellence was talking about if customers was really ready for the cloud. It was something to buy HCI but not all organizations was able to leverage it together with the changed capabilities of the cloud infrastructure. HCI was quite simple but you sometimes needed to get some more experienced developers onboard because there were limitations to what business uses knew about certificates and the integration.

Do check out video attached to this post.

 

SAP network in Denmark

I have said yes to be facilitating the Danish IT organisations SAP network group. I really look forward to out first meeting, and meeting all the members. I hope that I can share some insights to how I see SAP and the mentor program.

I have always been really interested in having networking and use it in a way to improve my and my networks value. So it does make a lot of sense to have a networking group, where you can get information on how other people are using SAP.

I had not heard about the group before I was contacted and ask to facilitate the group. So it does give a few problems on how to plan the first meeting. Had should I put on the agenda, that everybody will find interesting.

The big theme in SAP is of cause Mobility. So I thought that might be a good theme, because it is something that everybody needs to learn about. Myself included. I have never had the opportunity to work on any SAP mobile projects. So it may be a really good topic to learn a little more about.

I have been fortunate to have fellow John Moy to give a presentation over Skype. Over travel budget does not allow for a global travel. I have seen he last blog around the different solutions that SAP is providing for the mobile platform. I hope to get somebody else also to give a presentation on another aspect of mobility, so we can get more debate and viewpoints.

The other speaker we have is a good friend and networking expert Carina Heckscher, how will help os become better at networking. I do look forward to hear her presentation and the exercises she has promised. They will come in handy for the next couple of meetings.

If you are in Denmark you and you want to be a part of the network check out the site http://dit.dk/Netvaerk/SAP_professionel.aspx. The first meeting this year is the 8 of march.

Presentation on Easy documentation in Belgium

I will be hosting a presentation on how to do easy documentation in Belgium. SAPience.be the Belgian SAP User Group is having a meeting on the 29 September 2011. It is the day just after the Global Special Interest Group for SAP PI is having their meeting. It is nice to be able to combine two events with each other.

The agenda can be found at

http://www.sapience.be/event/sapiencebe-technology-commission-topic-pi

I’ll be talking about how to document SAP PI scenarios and message mappings.

I hope to see you in Belgium otherwise; we may meet in Teched in Madrid.

Featured in SAP BPX!

Daniel Graversen, CEO of FigAf, will be featured in the SAP BPX newsletter!

Daniel’s blog will tackle a lot about SAP community network (SDN) and on how Integration Expert in the Process Teams is managed.

This blog focuses on the importance of being a part of a system team and to get more knowledge from the whole process team itself. This is much in line with the vision of FigAf, to be much closer to what the process of integration solutions are being developed for.

And, as the CEO of FigAf, Daniel Graversen takes pride in developing user-friendly integration solutions which offer better and bolder application features that others do not have.

BPX Community Newsletter will be on August 24, 2010.