Google Calendar Integration with Business ByDesign- Proof of Concept
The concept here describes how partners could leverage ByD Groupware APIs to enable integration with Google content. As of ByD release 1311, SAP Business ByDesign provides a set of re-usable Inbound and Outbound APIs to enable Groupware Integration. These APIs are fundamental technical contracts that a groupware consumer needs to abide by in order to consume ByD content to provide groupware functionality. A couple of these APIs are intended to be consumed in the partner layer via the SAP Cloud Application Studio.
One such integration of Google calendar with ByD is done as Proof of Concept (POC). The objective is to provide the end user an alternative option to manage their ByDesign Appointments via their Google Calendar account as well. The final target is to achieve feature parity equivalent to what is already possible via MS Outlook integration. The approach described below can be used for integration with other Google APIs as well (Ex: Google Contacts)
To make REST calls for groupware scenarios, a special groupware URL needs to be used: https://host_name/sap/byd/groupware, instead of the typical SOAP address endpoint.
For a browser based application, since there is a cross domain call to ByD, the groupware URL allows only very specific HTTP origins that are pre-specified in an application exit. The partner needs to specify these via an application exit CrossOriginResourceSharingRequestorsForByDGroupware implemented using the SAP Cloud Application Studio. To support the cross domain call (which is traditionally not allowed by standard browsers), ByD implements HTTP permissions via CORS (Cross Origin Resource Sharing) methodology with specific custom headers. Please refer to POC document for details.
refers to Read/Create Calendar Events in Google from ByDesign via Google REST APIs (OAuth2.0 for authorization). For example, an appointment is changed by the sales manager where adjustments are made with regards to attendees. For those attendees, the appointment data in Google needs to be updated. Some of these attendees could be sales representatives registered for Google appointment sync.
Outbound Scenario requires:
• Listening to the events of ByD data changes and calculating what content needs to be updated into Google
• Format conversion into JSON or ATOM
• HTTP call to Google via OAuth2.0 authentication mechanism
Please refer to POC document for details.