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Author's profile photo Midhun VP

How easy to get started on HANA Cloud Integration

After working more than 4 years in SAP’s mobile solutions at this point of my career I feel a bit saturated. I find it difficult to plan my career ahead as I am confused on what I should update myself on? Usually I do not get hooked on to the titles and positions; I focus on role that I will enjoy most and which will bring more opportunities to learn. I sometimes thought about changing the technology to check whether I could still acquire new skills quickly.

Recently I got an opportunity to put my hands in a different technology I have ever tried before –  HANA Cloud Integration. I looked at it from two angles.

  • It would be a big addition to the current skills I possess.
  • And it is a big opportunity to work in a cloud based solution, which is the future.

How I get started?

Right, it is uncomfortable to imagine being a beginner in something again. To learn HCI, I have started by reading the documentation and following the video tutorials. But it made be incurious. Because it is not the way I used to learn. I believe that the time taken to learn a new skill is comparatively less if we actually sit down and practice instead of reading a bunch of documents.

Hence after understand the basics of HCI I instantly took the responsibility of building a new package for HCI(which will be a part of the product soon). And it made me comfortable with the tool in couple of weeks.

Some of the features in the tool excited me. Especially the tracing feature is something tells us that HCI was developed keeping in mind that it should be developer friendly.


I haven’t tried all the features of HCI but after spending few weeks on the tool I could guarantee that it is really easy to learn.

Here is the thing!

While learning a new skill you don’t have to worry about mastering the skill. Understand what is HCI and why it is needed ,then start practicing(it’s the key). For couple of weeks you just need to practice enough to get the results you want.

My picks are:

Happy learning.

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      Author's profile photo Naveen Vishal
      Naveen Vishal

      Good post to begin on HANA Cloud Integration..! Nicely written.



      Author's profile photo Vijayalakshmi MV
      Vijayalakshmi MV

      Hello Midhun,

      I am trying to create MyFirstiFlow scenario, which has been shared by SAP HCI trial system team and I am encountering the below errors:

      1. 1)      Not able to Save, throwing the below error:


      1. 2)      As per step 14, Select Data Store Operations of category Message Persistence from palette  but there is no option of Data Store Operations under this, below screen shot for your reference:


      Tried reaching the HCI trial system: '', however there is no response from them.

      Please advise.

      Best Regards,

      Author's profile photo Midhun VP
      Midhun VP
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Vijayalakshmi,

      Please raise this question as a new discussion in this space itself since it is not related to this blog.

      Also provide details on the guide you are following.

      Regards, Midhun

      SAP Technology RIG

      Author's profile photo Farhan Karim
      Farhan Karim

      The HCI trial instance is just for exploring, nothing else. As Integration service is actually DISABLED in trial instance which people/bloggers do not mention it clearly.


      Author's profile photo B.Smith Kumar
      B.Smith Kumar

      Hi Midhun,


      My HANA System is on cloud on Azure. I want to push data from HANA to C4C using HCI. Please let me know the feasibility of this type of connection.