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Author's profile photo Bhargava Krishna Talasila

SAP Hana Cloud Integration [HCI] Features

In this blog I’m going to discuss the features of SAP Hana Cloud Integration [HCI].I tried to list down maximum features and explain.

1)  Automatic upgrades

     HCI is automatically upgraded to higher version without interrupting the message processing. Cloud managed service team handles all the operations related the HCI upgrade. Frequency of upgrade is once in a month. All tenant owners of HCI will be notified when upgrade is done.

     All tenant owners of HCI will be notified when upgrade is done. Information on the maintenance windows dependson the location of the data center you have chosen and is available in the contracts that you sign when purchasing HANA Cloud Integration.

2)  Flexibility

As long as employees have internet access, they can work from anywhere. This flexibility positively affects knowledge workers’ work-life balance and high productivity. Cloud to Cloud Integration,Cloud to On Premise integration

3)  Cost Savings

     Lower TCO with an affordable, pay-as-you-go subscription model and minimal up-front investment. With cloud based integration we can save substantial capital costs with zero in-house server storage and application requirements. The lack of on-premises infrastructure also removes their associated operational costs in the form of power, air conditioning and administration costs.

4)  Reliability

     With a managed service platform, cloud computing is much more reliable and consistent than in-house IT infrastructure.Your organization can benefit from a massive pool of redundant IT resources, as well as quick failover mechanism – if a server fails, hosted applications and services can easily be transited to any of the available servers.

5)  Disaster recovery

When companies start relying on cloud-based services, they no longer need complex disaster recovery plans.Cloud computing providers take care of the
disaster recovery.

6) Security

     Since SAP HCI is offered as a service, the on demand solution provides highest level of security features such as content encryption and signing, certificate based authentication, encrypted data storage, data isolation at runtime as well as persistency.

  • Transport
    level: HTTPS, SFTP, basic authentication, Certificate based client authentication
  • Payload level: Encryption, decryption, signing, Signature verification
  • PKCS#7    //  XML Signature (signing)
  • WS Security (signing) //  PGP
  • Message Digest // Encoding/Decoding
  • Secure key store // Encrypted Data Persistency

SAP is maintaining globally distributed data centers with secure landscape and 24/7 support.Redundant data   storage in two datacenter locations.

7) Standard Content

  SAP provides a lot of standard content which can be used in order to connect SAP ERP, HCM, SRM, APO and SAP Financial services with On Premise or On Demand solutions. SAP provides pre-packaged integration content with mappings, API and adapter configuration, connectivity.

  The packaged Integration Content, upon purchasing, will be available in a customer specific tenant. The benefit allows customers who have concerns on a multi-tenant architecture to operate with separated firewall rules, separated system configuration as well as individual security.

   Customers (and partners) are able to develop, extend, test, deploy and share integration content, based on existing integration connectors.This will leverage the implementation costs and effort of devising a ‘new standard’. It’s more likely that a large enterprise has the need to integrate with different SAP products than a small or midsize enterprise. The small and midsize are often using one (or a few) SAP products.

8)  Fast implementation

    With the help of standard content provided by SAP, we can implement the interfaces in less time when compared to standard implementation.Some of the standard content which is delivered by SAP is to integrate success factors, Ariba, SAP Financial services and SAP cloud for customer with on premise systems such as ECC and CRM.

9) Maintenance

    The cloud infrastructure is managed by SAP with fixed pricing for services consumed by each customer. HCI software runs within SAP’s data centers allowing customers to have access by connecting their on premise or cloud systems to HCI. SAP handles all technical aspects,including upgrades.

SAP will take care of the server maintenance – including security updates. Which will help the organizations to freeing up their customers’ time and resources for the maintenance tasks.

10) Out of the box integration

    SAP Cloud for Customer to on-premise SAP CRM / SAP ERP Success Factors to SAP HCM or to 3rd party recruiting systems as SHL or People Answers

SAP edocuments to government systems (Peru, Chile) for exchanging B2G e-invoices.

11) Out of the box connectivity

   We have various set of adapters which will allow you to connect SAP HANA Cloud Integration to different kinds of technical communication protocols. The connected customer systems exchange data with each other based on the configured transport protocol.These protocols support different options to protect the exchanged data against unauthorized access. In addition to security at transport level, the content of the exchanged messages can also be protected by means of digital encryption and signature.

Adapters available for connectivity : SOAP, IDOC, Success Factors, OData, HANA, SFTP, HTTP,Mail etc.

12) User-friendly GUI

  • Web-based (HTML5)
  • Easy-to-use wizard based
  • Role based (self-service user management)
  • Designers
  • Operators
  • Administrators
  • Graphical tools for design & configuration.
  • Eclipse based model driven approach for configuring integration and data flows.

Web User Interface for configuration, deployment, monitoring of data integration and process integration flows. Web User Interface for design of integration flows with roles for designer, operators, administrators. It will be very easy for the end users to understand the interface functionality.

13) Core Runtime

     Core runtime for processing, transformation, and routing of messages to be exchanged between the involved customer systems.Message processing at runtime is performed by a cluster of virtual machines running on SAP HANA Cloud. Here, the platform ensures that data related to different customers connected to SAP HCI is isolated. This is important when using SAP HCI for business-to-business scenarios.

14) Re-usability

  We can re-use existing on-premise content (service interfaces / message mappings / operation mappings / XSLT based mappings) from an SAP Enterprise Services Repository (EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver 7.3).

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      Author's profile photo Murali Krishna V
      Murali Krishna V

      Explained in Very simple way. Thanks for posting.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks for sharing..!

      Author's profile photo Omkar Uthale
      Omkar Uthale

      Do SAP provide 24x7 availability for HCI tenant? I mean if any line of business require that kind of availability for middleware like HCI then is there any provision like that?

      Author's profile photo Bhargava Krishna Talasila
      Bhargava Krishna Talasila
      Blog Post Author

      Yes Omkar,

      SAP HCI tenant will be available 24/7 without any interruption to messages processing.

      Even during the software upgrades there will be no downtime as per SAP.

      Please refer the below blogs for more detailed information

      Rolling Software Updates of HCI-PI

      Failover and Scalability of HCI-PI


      Bhargava Krishna

      Author's profile photo Omkar Uthale
      Omkar Uthale

      Thanks Bhargava.

      Author's profile photo Carlos Peria
      Carlos Peria

      Hello Bhargava,

      HCI supports Electronic invoice for Argentina B2G scenario integration?

      Many thanks!