Early last week I was in Stockholm meeting with the Swedish user group. The target of the meeting was a workshop on the integration topic that I did together with my colleague Udo Paltzer
We had representatives from key customers and partners in the region and the target for them was to better understand SAP’s strategy around integration in general, understand SAP HANA Cloud Integration in depth with deep hands-on sessions. Understanding our offering for SAP API Management as well as the roadmap for SAP Process Orchestration.
Since there was quite some ‘when to use what integration technology from SAP’ types of questions I also believe that the Integration Solution Advisor methodology played a key role during the entire workshop to narrow down the choice based on a very simple methodology and framework. If you are also interested in learning more about the same check out http://scn.sap.com/community/pi-and-soa-middleware/blog/2016/03/04/int203-integration-solution-advisor-methodology-isa-m-sap-teched-lecture-of-the-week
The best part of the workshop which ran on the 15 and 16 March at the CGI office located in Kista Stockholm supposedly the Silicon Valley of Sweden was the open and very constructive communication and sharing of knowledge that helped everybody get on the same page.
Many of the customers and partners had a strong Process Orchestration/ Process Integration footprint and was in the midst of cloud integration projects or was in the process of deciding which cloud integration middleware would serve their use cases best.
The hands on sessions that we went through jointly on SAP HANA Cloud Integration showcased how simple it was to leverage the packaged integration content from SAP and model and adapt your integration flows to your specific needs. Everybody was thrilled to explore the new content packages from SAP which could be found at https://cloudintegration.hana.ondemand.com/#shell/catalog
The SAP API Management solution clearly showed everybody how you could drive topics like API Governance and usage tracking of your APIs that you have in your landscape especially when you have the innovation cycles growing so much faster on the consumer side as compared to the innovation cycles in your backend applications.
All in all a great workshop and to top it all a big thank you to Pontus Borgström (SAPSA, SKF), Estelius Johan (CGI), Åsa Jonnson (SAPSA) and Lena Hartung (CGI) for hosting us and for working with us over the last months to put together the format of this workshop and of course for their great hospitality.