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 PI/PO Developers Have a Lot of Experience

I’m currently doing a survey on how SAP XI/PI/PO developers started. The survey is still in progress, but I would like to share one interesting result with you.

 
There are currently 89 responses, collected in one week. I will evaluate the survey next week, so please help out by responding to the questions. I can see most people spend around 5 minutes completing the survey.skill on dartboard showing expertise

http://picourse.com/learningsurvey

One question that I have asked is how many years of experience you have with  SAP XI/PI/PO. And the responses were diverse, as shown below.

This question received 59 responses. Of those 59 responses 7 or 11.9% indicated less than one year of experience. Most respondents had between four and eight years of experience.

 
This means that the product is quite mature, and the developers have a lot of experience with these tools.

Years of SAP PI/XI/PO Experiance

Obviously, there might be some issues regarding those who had completed the survey. Most of the people on the server are persons from one of my email lists or followers of their community. It is possible that the responses were not given only by new followers of the SCN community.

I do find it interesting that people stick with their SAP PI/PO skill. Normally for a developer a few years is enough before moving on to other areas. But for SAP PI we have a lot of people with more than five years of experience. This is great because customers can expect to receive the services of experienced consultants and developers.
For us developers it’s also interesting that it makes sense to stay in the community, because we can still learn. Obviously, there are jobs for us as well – this must mean that the tool is good and it’s being widely used by customers.

 

To all those working with SAP PI/PO: I hope you could help me out with the survey. That way we can get even more responses on how people learn SAP PI/PO.

 
Currently there are 85 responses, in just one week. The responses are anonymous and I will only be posting general information and feedback from the survey, therefore I will not disclose your level of engagement with SAP PI.
http://picourse.com/learningsurvey 

The full table is here:

Question Options Number of answers Percent
Summary: 59  
1 7 11.9%
2 2 3.4%
3 5 8.5%
4 6 10.2%
5 10 16.9%
6 5 8.5%
7 9 15.3%
8 8 13.6%
9 4 6.8%
10+ 3 5.1%

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