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Introduction: Since the introduction of the cloud computing technology, there has been a shift in the level of investments by organizations in software licenses. Organizations are rapidly moving from the concept of software ownership to software rental. Sequel to this, SAP has released the offering of HANA Cloud Integration (HCI) as its latest integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) for enterprise and B2B integration solutions.

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SAP HANA Cloud Integration (HCI) is not PI on the cloud, but it is a platform that supports full integration capabilities and combines certain functionalities of SAP PI and Data Services. It involves the creation of iFlows from eclipse-based development environment for end-2-end messaging and connectivity between on-premise and cloud solutions.  This is an on-demand solution with prepackaged integration content and the possibilities of enhancing these delivered content and this can be integrated with other solutions. The cloud infrastructure is managed by SAP with fixed pricing for services consumed by each customer. Highlighted below are the current features of SAP HANA Cloud Integration Platform and those that will become available before the end of 2013. It is however important to note that HCI is currently available for integration of applications and business processes within the financial sector, and it is been released within SAP Financial Services Network (SFSN), 7 banks already supported around the world.


Ø Security and performance are key issues why people are skeptical in putting information on the cloud; HCI handles these concerns by supporting signing, encryption and decryption of data that passes through the modeled flows from end-2-end.

Ø SAP HANA Cloud is released as Application Edition (Sales OD-CRM OP), (SFSF BizX OD-HCM OP), (SFSF EC OD-ERP OP).

Ø  SAP HCI has a multi-tenant architecture (separated firewall rules, separated system config, security, etc..)

Ø  Eclipse is the IDE to modify iFlows, and is the developers’ workbench.

Ø  Availability of UI access to modify integration flows and prepackaged iFlows can also be downloaded to eclipse and modified, iFlows are deployed on the server (SAP Java AS), but it can be deployed to iFlowMAP, but only on test environment for testing purpose.

Ø  All the functions of graphical mapping are supported; XSLT mapping can also be used.

Ø  Existing PI content is supported and can be imported into HCI; ServiceInterface, OperationMapping, MessageMappings rep. objects.

Ø  Connectivity Options: IDOC, SOAP, SFTP between backend systems. Additional connectivity options will become available in future releases.

Ø  Certificates can also be browsed and supported on Eclipsed based environment

Ø  Only SOAP-based web services are currently supported. REST-based services are not yet supported.

Ø  Re-use UDFs, there is a high backward compatibility (all PI versions from XI 3.0 can be used for importing service interfaces in iFlow.

Ø  Two environments will be provided to HCI customers to test and deploy their integration solutions on the Cloud; these include a Development, and           Production.

Ø  HCI currently runs on top of Sybase as database and not on HANA in memory DB, however, future plans is to make it HANA powered.

Ø  Softwares are upgraded every month on SAP Side for maintenance of the cloud infrastructure

Ø  Message monitoring functionalities are available on the server on which they are deployed to and also the artifacts are visible. There are different possibilities with  deploying that is on different node types (IFLMAP or the AS Java Server), downloading iFlows (as zip or jar files).

Ø  HCI will run as an alternative to PI, small companies that do not have the capacity can cheaply use it.

Ø  Prefilled with contents of different sector, lots bank require this solution, so SAP banking is a driver of this solution.

Ø  SAP takes care of all integration; including first mile integration, partners are invited to build connectors or adapters. Partners and customers can create HCI solutions (reusable connectors and other integration logic) of their own and deploy them into the cloud. Additional Eclipse SDK will be provided for this purpose. These custom solutions can be certified by SAP as well, this is planned for future releases in the road map.

Ø Message Processing Pattern: It supports both Synchronous and Asynchronous processes.

SAP HANA Cloud Integration (HCI) provides a new opportunity for small, medium-size and big corporations to integrate their enterprise applications and integrate with partners at reduced costs and without investing heavily on software licenses.

NB: HCI does not support SAP BPM functionalities  or integration with SAP BPM for now.

This blog has been written with contributions from Roberto Viana-Blanco and John Mutumba Bilay of Rojo Consultancy BV, The Netherlands

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      Author's profile photo M. Dijsselbloem
      M. Dijsselbloem

      Hi Abidemi,

      Interesting stuff! Thanks for sharing..

      Kind regards,


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      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for the compliments!

      Author's profile photo Raja Sekhar Reddy
      Raja Sekhar Reddy

      Looking forward to play with HCI,thanks for sharing.

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      Thanks Raja, it's a pleasure!

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      Former Member

      Hi Abidemi,

      Interesting stuff. Very Nice!!!

      Just a quick question here,  can we access trial version of HCI from HANA cloud platform?

      If Yes, Can you guide me?


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      Hi Nidhi,

      Thanks for your compliment, I have sent you a mail on the necessary links, if you have further questions let me know.



      Author's profile photo Amit Srivastava
      Amit Srivastava

      Hello Abidemi,

      Nice blog!!

      Can you please let me know how to access trial version for the same?

      Waiting to read from you 🙂 .


      Amit Srivastava

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      Former Member

      Hi Abidemi,

      Do you know where or who i can contact to have a trial version on SAP HCI.



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      Former Member

      Hi Abidemi,

      Thanks for posting a great blog.

      Can you please guide me on how to get trail version of HCI?



      Author's profile photo Bhargava krishna Talasila
      Bhargava krishna Talasila

      Hi Abidemi,

      Nice blog.. i really appreciate for your efforts.


      Bhargava Krishna

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      Former Member

      Hi Abidemi,

      That was a great blog.

      I am really interested to try out HCI. Could you tell me how to get the trial version.


      Kiran G.

      Author's profile photo durga venkatesh
      durga venkatesh

      Hi All,

      I need some clarification like i am in to SAP PI how will be the future if i learn HCI for the combination of SAP PI.



      Author's profile photo sridevi garapati
      sridevi garapati

      Hi Abidemi,

      Thanks for sharing.

      The link you mentioned in the comments is not workjing for me.

      Colud you please tell me how to get the Trail version of SAP HCI



      Author's profile photo Murali Krishna Vankadoath
      Murali Krishna Vankadoath


      Do HCI supports for BPM Interfaces now? some says, the new capabilities of HCI supports. can some one clarify on this.

      I have an requirement where I need to develop an interface on ccBPM on 7.1 and the same content has to work on HCI. is this possible. As we are on 7.1 and we don't have NwBPM.



      Author's profile photo Vladimir Pavlov
      Vladimir Pavlov

      The proper space for HCI is Process Integration (PI) & SOA Middleware - moved there.