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integration content advisor: Overview of components and further reading

Introduction

The integration content advisor of SAP Cloud Platform isn’t just a mapping tool; it’s a cloud- and crowd-based design time for creating and maintaining integration content, independent of the platform on which the content is processed. The main purpose of the integration content advisor is to provide intelligent and efficient content creation and maintenance at the business domain level to support experts and citizen integrators. Artificial intelligence (AI) supports the entire approach for reaching the aim much faster, more flexibly, and with significantly higher quality.

As shown in Figure 1, the integration content advisor unifies all the necessary components with a strong focus on usability, understandability, reusability, flexibility, transparency, and speed. The advisor supports all kinds of integration content, whether app-to-app (A2A), business-to-business (B2B), or business-to-government (B2G).

Figure 1: Components of Integration Content Advisor

This post includes a short overview for each of the five components and provides the most current links to more detailed blogs and further information.

General Information

There are number of blogs and videos available describing the general approach about the integration content advisor and its advantages Related information:

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Library of Type Systems

The library of type systems is a centrally located collection of B2B, B2G, or A2A type systems. A type system has two main aspects:

  • The rules and the methodology for defining the syntax, structure, and naming of message interfaces, APIs, and data types, and
  • The library of message interfaces, data types, and codelists that are based on these rules and maintained by a responsible agency.

The integration content advisor is agnostic of any platform-dependent representations; it supports de-facto standards like SAP IDoc, SAP SOAP, or B2B / B2G standards like UN/EDIFACT, ASC X12, OAGI, or UBL.

These type systems support the creation of custom interfaces by providing all of the most up-to-date content, saving you from having to search in many different places, including hardcopies! For each type system, you’ll find the all the available and necessary:

  • Versions
  • Templates and recommendations for message interfaces
  • Reusable complex types which can be used to assemble message interfaces
  • Reusable simple types, which provide the reusable constraints of leaf nodes in message interfaces
  • Codelists that are used in message interfaces and simple types

You’ll not only find the structures of these parts: the advisor also provides all the necessary information for creating and maintaining your customized interfaces and APIs, such as complete documentation, constraints, rules, notes, and references to codelists.

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Message Implementation Guidelines

A message implementation guideline (MIG) provides all the information that’s needed to implement a customized message interface using a certain type system in a certain business context. The user or implementer won’t need to reference any other documents or sources and this guideline can be unambiguously understood by every user who’s involved in a process.

Use a MIG to unambiguously define the meaning of each customized node and provide further instructions for implementing the message interface as well as for processing and validating the payload that’s based on the message interface. Users are supported by all the content that’s provided by the library of type systems and by the intelligent proposal service for creating new message implementation guidelines.

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Mapping Guidelines

A mapping guideline (MAG) is based on a source and a target message implementation guideline. It demonstrates how the defined nodes at each side are mapped, describing all mapping elements in detail with definitions or notes and providing further instructions for the transformation, such as functions or code value mappings. The focus is not only on the technical feasibility on runtime.

The documentation also plays an important role, so that all involved users can unambiguously understand the mapping guidelines. The machine learning based proposal service significantly accelerates the creation of mapping guidelines. An embedded simulation feature shows mapping results directly in the guideline, saving the external testing of a generated mapping on a runtime such as SAP Cloud Platform Integration or SAP Process Orchestration.

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Runtime Artifacts

The advisor automatically generates a number of schemes, scripts, and examples from a mapping guideline, including:

  • Schemes for syntax conversion, such as from EDI syntax to XML or vice versa
  • Schemes for precise payload validation against the rules and constraints defined in the message implementation guidelines
  • Pre- and post-processing scripts for presorting payloads or enriching them with additional required information for the mapping
  • Examples for testing the artifacts in the runtime

Without the integration content advisor, all of these schemes, scripts, or payloads must be created separately and manually. Automatic generation is a particularly enormous time saving.

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Runtime/Implementation Support

The integration content advisor works with any kind of interface/API format; its automatically generated artifacts can be used in a variety of runtimes or implementations. Each different runtime has specific approaches, formats, pre-conditions, and implementation instructions. These must be considered, if the  advisor’s generated runtime artifacts are implemented into these runtimes and if the involved applications will be connected. SAP’s intention is to provide templates and mechanisms that accelerate the onboarding of the advisor’s runtime artifacts into the diverse supported runtime systems such as:

  • SAP Cloud Platform Integration, and
  • SAP Process Orchestration.
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Summary

This post completes, for now, the series of blogs and information that explains the power of  Integration Content Advisor for SAP Cloud Platform so you can use it for your own purposes. But there are still brilliant, game-changing approaches for accelerating integration content development in our backlog. Once they’re released, you’ll find an update here. So, stay tuned.

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  • Dear Gunther,

     

    could you please shed some light on licensing in terms of entperprise messaging capabilities for cloud platform intergration (so without having an “enterprise tenant”) Will it be included by consuming 10 SKUs just like e.g. the AS2 adapter is?

    Many thanks and kind regards

    Jens