21 June 2016, again we had a rockin’ meeting @SAP HQ Walldorf. Udo Paltzer and his team organized the HCI Infoday for partners and customers. It’s the perfect event to meet your fellows and share some knowledge, aside having a great time. The event was loaded with people, even a waiting list was there, so for next time, be on time with your registration!

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So what you missed…

This year, all presenters had 15 minutes to do their thing, I liked this approach, keeping all attendees and myself 😆 awake for the whole day!


Updates on HCI

  • Named from HCI to SAP HANA® Cloud Platform, integration service
  • Lowers cost, increases speed, and enhances simplicity for our customers
  • Accelerated integration through HCI content packages
  • Integration platform of choice for all new SuccessFactors customers
  • 7 available subscription models
  • Complementary to SAP Process Orchestration
  • Certification scenario for PI Content and Adapter available
  • Choose your tools: Eclipse and/or WEB UI

Our story

Together with our customer ENECO respresented bij Marco Verhoef, my colleagues Guido Koopmann and Igor Mitrovic, presented our business case on the financial aspect s of HCI. Conclusion on this case, is that we realized between 50% to 70% off Annual TCO:

  • No more annual server costs (Managed Services)
  • No more additional costs for upgrades and patches
  • SAP HCI runs in the data centers of SAP, with all the benefits like
    • Technical maintenance
    • Centralized system Monitoring by SAP

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Summary

HCI is a promising platform, but there is still some work to do. Hereby a list of likes and missing things from all presenters:


Likes

* Flexible Pipeline, very transparent processing steps

* Deployment Options (externalized parameters)

* Open Standards Based & Modern Architecture (Apache Camel, Karaf)

* Reusability Options (ESR PI Interfaces & Mappings)

* No costs for hardware and installation

* Multi-tenant and scalable architecture

* Automated failover

* Rolling software updates

* Pre-delivered integration content that is simple to download and deploy

* Development and monitoring through either Web UI environment or Eclipse

* Detailed integration guides available on SAP Service Marketplace

* Shorter project timescales

* Restarting messages from HCI Message Monitor

Missing

* Prepackaged b2b adapters

* Transport mechanism

* Optimized monitoring

* Some more adapters like FTP, JDBC, RFC

* Interface Design Governance of PI

* Switch between WebUI <-> Eclipse, still some problems

* Security Concept is extremely tough (SFTP connectivity has to be requested one by one)

* Quarterly updates, information about changes could be better

* Customers only get two HCI tenants (Test and Production)

* Tools to help you create your own WSDLs and XSDsB2B capabilities, like handling with interchange numbers of transactions

* Have an option to publish Integration Package directly to the Content Catalog

* Import of XSLT mapping through Web UI, XSLT mapping test in UI

* In comparison to PI/PO, graphical mapping in HCI is limited – e.g. display queue, copy payload from clipboard…

At last, Udo and team, thanks for organizing, all arrangements where perfectly done!

If you are interested in the presentations, click here & for us in the meanwhile 😎 :
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  1. Carlos Ivan Prieto Rubio

    Great Blog, thanks.

    Another thing that it would be good that SAP HCI will include is System Landscape Directory. Currently there is not option to create business system from SLD.

    The use of synchronous/asynchronous quality of service is quite confuse when you use SOAP Adapter.

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