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HANA Cloud Integration

Introduction

Why on-demand integration:

The growing complexity of customer processes puts a lot of complex requirement on their landscape. In addition to having solutions from various vendors, customer environments now comprise of a combination of on-premise and on-demand solutions. SAP recognizes that it is crucial to provide integration to make such a hybrid solution landscape work. To address this need, SAP delivers a cloud-based integration technology as a managed service (Platform as a service [PaaS]) on top of SAP HANA Cloud to provide out-of-the-box connectivity between on-demand solutions and other SAP on-premise or on-demand solutions. It provides both process and data integration capabilities.

What is HANA Cloud Integration:

HANA Cloud Integration is a collection of tools, environment and platform that you will use to design, develop, build, deploy, run, administer and monitor the integration content.

Additionally, SAP provides a collection of pre-configured content for SAP to SAP integration to provide out-of-the-box connectivity between SAP applications. In order to foster ease of consumption, it is ensured that HANA Cloud Integration uses the same content as PI. This ensures that all your prior investments in PI content (if any) are intact. It also ensures a steep learning curve and lesser time to get the first scenario running.

Extensive process steps are provided for you to design your integration. This includes: content based routing, mapping, encoding, decoding, filtering, enriching, encryption, signing, verifying, decryption and splitter.

Architecture:

HANA Cloud Integration provides a multi-tenant architecture provisioned on an oSGi based implementation. This ensures an autonomous, independent and highly secure environment for each participant. The runtime entity is referred to as a tenant and it comprises of management and worker nodes.

The ESB supports pattern based integration. More patterns are added from time to time.

The modeling environment is based on BPMN 2.0.

Interfaces:

In order to perform these tasks, SAP provides 2 interfaces:

1)      Eclipse based environment meant for the integration developers: here you configure, deploy, administer and monitor your integration flows. You can also use this to create new camel components going forward.

The Eclipse Juno 4.2 release is used for this purpose.

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2)      HTML 5 based WebUI meant for an Integration Experts: SAP provides pre-configured content for SAP to SAP integration. All such pre-delivered content can be discovered from the WebUI. The content can directly be the deployed from the WebUI to your runtime. It also allows you to customize some parameters of the pre-configured iflow before it is deployed.

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Supported connectivity:

Currently HANA Cloud Integration supports the following connectivity:

  • SOAP
  • sFTP
  • IDoc over SOAP
  • SuccessFactor (planned for release in Dec’13). It is a dedicated adapter to integrate with SuccessFactor applications.
  • REST (planned)
  • OData (planned)

HANA Cloud Integration Flavors:

Currently HANA Cloud Integration can be licensed as:

  • Application Edition: i.e. only with the application systems that are currently supported by it.
  • Financial Services Network: a very specific usecase meant for exchange of financial information between a financial institute and it’s connected corporate.

In the future, you can however expect HANA Cloud Integration to be available also in Platform Edition.

The SAP Mobile Platform (planned) is also based on HANA Cloud Integration.

The next blog will cover details about the supported Application systems.

Would you like to try this offering? Please contact Meghna Shishodiya for more details.

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  1. Akhil Khandelwal

    Hello Meghna,

    Thanks for the informative weblog. Slightly off-topic but a obvious question would be if there are plans to support planned adapters – OData, REST and SF for on premise Integration Systems ?

    Regards,

    Akhil

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    1. Meghna Shishodiya Post author

      Hello Akhil,

      Yes! All the 3 adapters (OData, REST and SFSFS) are planned for on-premise PI. However, they are still in the architecture phase and we do not have any dates on when they will be generally available.

      Thanks and Regards,

      Meghna

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  2. Sameej T.K.

    Hi Meghna –

    Does HCI provide prepackaged integration flows for SAP to Non-SAP cloud based application integration ? Also, is there any plans to add support for B2B protocols in the near term ?

    Regards,

    Sameej

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    1. Meghna Shishodiya Post author

      Hello Sameej,

      Currently we do not have pre-packaged content for connecting to non-SAP backend. HCI is currently focused at integrating SAP’s on-premise and on-demand application systems. As for B2B, yes, this is planned. However, there are no concrete dates on when this will be available.

      Thanks and Regards,

      Meghna

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  3. vijay Kumar

    Hi Meghna,

    Please suggest  SAP is providing any trail version of HCI for doing POC to customers .

    If so kindly share details of the same.

    Nice content..

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  4. Sangeeta Roy

    Hi Meghna,

    What do i need to do to particpate in the SAP HCI trial phase? We already have a demo Cloud for Customer tenant and want to integrate that with our SAP ERP system via HCI as a proof of concept.

    Regards,

    Sangeeta

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  5. Anthony MULLER

    Hello,

    Is the RESTful connectivity available now?

    Is there a tutorial to illustrate how to write an integration with an on-premise RESTful webservice?

    Regards,

    Anthony

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  6. Purav Mehta

    Hello Megha,

    Fantastic article. We are stuck at basic issue of upgrading HCI DS agent. We are unable to upgrade the agent and hence couldn’t create DataStore. Could you please help??

    Thanks,

    Purav

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