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Since SAP Gateway and SAP UX technologies started to become popular, also did the use of the OData protocol to build mobile apps like Fiori and other UI5 apps.

The part that many don’t know about, is that OData was initially defined by Microsoft! This means that it is also a preferred way to exchange information for Microsoft products, particularly SharePoint & Office365.

Given also that many companies are taking email to the cloud, migrating to Office365 lets them take advantage of SharePoint Online, being able to easily model tasks & workflows with tight and powerful email + Outlook integration.

But what is missing? Business critical info. Tasks, workflows and email notifications for business critical processes, need SAP integration. With the appropriate SAP UX and SharePoint Online knowledge, there is a lightweight way to use Fiori services and securely manage SAP critical tasks also on Office365, whithout additional requirements or licenses, with modern OAuth 2.0 authentication and without storing critical info on the cloud.

Also, now that HANA Cloud Platform is available to customers, its infrastructure and services can be used as an alternative to SAP Gateway, without having to maintain its instances onpremise:

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Thanks to Fiori and OData, Office365 and SAP understand each other very well, letting companies fill the gap and integrate all their processes using these world-class platforms.

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    1. Alejandro Scaramelli Post author

      Hi Sharon,

      Of course, you can see an example of the integration in this video:

      [embed width="425" height="350"]https://www.youtube.com/embed/JnPU4_Eh7-M[/embed]

      To make this happen, you need OData + OAuth 2.0 consumed from SharePoint Business Connectivity Services. There is a complex sign-in flow to achieve secure authentication and single-sign-on. All this is covered by the ‘Fiori for Office 365’ app. Documentation is available here: http://www.blueboot.com/Fiori%20for%20Office%20365.pdf

      Kind Regards,

      Alejandro

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  1. Alejandro Scaramelli Post author

    Here is the new version of the video… it shows how HANA Cloud Platform can be used to take advantage of Office 365 for SAP!

    Thanks to HANA Cloud Connector, the existing SAP ECC (ERP) instance can be kept on-premise and no additional hardware ow license is needed.

    SAP is providing en ’embedded licensing’ model with partners, where the customer only pays for the service and does not need to buy any HANA Cloud Platform License:

    [embed width="425" height="350"]https://www.youtube.com/embed/TmOdetBL3x0[/embed]

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