How to onboard SAP CPI Developers

How do you onboard SAP CPI developers or consultants to your project? and is it important?

I had a conversation if it was important to have a good onboarding procedure for your SAP CPI or SAP PI/PO developers. And if it was worth spending some time training them in your release process. Consultants are normally paid per hour/day so each time you have some required training it will cost on the onboarding process.

Most places just hand over access to their CPI/PI landscape and then you need to figure out how to handle the processes. Then you learn the different parts you need as you go along in the development. I do think it makes sense to spend 1-2 hours before the get the hands on the landscape to figure out how to handle the different procedures in the landscape. Most cases they are going to work on your project for 100 hours to spend 2% on training makes sense.

More detailed

After creating this post initial, i have expanded upon it and created a live video on the topic. It is an area that deserves much more attention.

If you do not give them this kind of access they will figure out something themself. But it becomes a nightmare to support in the long run. So the more you can prep them with your way of working the better. It will also take them a much longer time to understand your processes for development and they will need to ask a lot of questions along the way.

Here is an example of an on boarding video using the Figaf DevOps Tool to make it easier for your users to deliver integration. You can have this as a recording or give them presentations to the new developers.

If you want to get the presentation you can use to adopt you can find my template on-boarding presentation here.

I recommend that you spend some time on it, but you will need to improve the presentation along the way.

The parts that should be included is

  • What your company does and why governance/Integration is important
  • Introduction to your team and how is in charge
  • Development conversions
    • Naming convention
    • Patterns for development
    • Error handling processes
    • Accelerators and shared objects
  • Change process
    • Handling changes
    • Time registration
    • Transport
    • Test procedures
  • How to contacts
  • Users and systems

Get the slides

You can get the slides that i used in the presentation here, so you can get some inspiration to how you can get people on boarded.

Try the Figaf DevOps Tool

We do recommend to use the Figaf DevOps Tool to manage your SAP CPI tool. In this video you do see a little demostration of what the tool can do.

There is a free trial just click the “Try Figaf DevOps Tool” to get started. You start it in 1 hour.

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