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SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite – Live Expert Q&A Session on Feb. 1st, 2021, as part of SAP Community Weeks

Live Expert Expert Q&A Session on Feb. 1st, 2021, on SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite

Kindly join us in our live expert Q&A session on February 1st, 2021, between 5:00pm CET and 5:40pm CET as part of the SAP Community Weeks! During this live expert Q&A session there will be several SAP product management experts for SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite available, so you can ask us anything that you always wanted to know about SAP’s strategic Integration Platform as a Service! In particular we’ll cover the following areas of the SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite:

  • SAP API Business Hub
  • API Management
  • Cloud Integration
  • Integration Advisor
  • Open Connectors

Furthermore we’ll be more than happy to address any of your questions around SAP Process Orchestration and the SAP Application Interface Framework.

You can already post your questions into the comments are of this blog, so that we can address your questions during our live expert Q&A session! And kindly find here the registration link to our live expert Q&A session on the SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite.

We are looking forward to talking to you during our live expert Q&A session!

SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite – Quick Overview

Since there is already lots of information available on the SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite, let me quickly summarise here the key objective of SAP’s  strategic Integration Platform as a Service. At the end of this blog you can find several links with additional information about the SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite.

SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite is SAP’s strategic integration platform as a service to simplify and accelerate the integration of SAP as well as non-SAP applications in heterogenous landscapes. The SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite is a versatile and enterprise-grade hybrid integration platform that addresses integration holistically. 

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SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite

Links with Further Information

Kindly find here additional information about SAP’s integration strategy in general and about the SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite: in particular:

Integration Strategy at SAP

SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite

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    • Hello Alexey,

      thank you for your question, so quickly after the blog as been published, I highly appreciate this! And yes, this is a very valid point, the registration to this session is currently under preparation and will be promoted then in the following central location:

      https://community.sap.com/topics/teched-in-2020

      I will also update this blog accordingly once the registration to this live expert Q&A session will be available.

      I hope this information helps. Kindly let me know in case thee are any further questions, including questions that we should address during our live expert Q&A session. I'm looking forward to talking to you soon!

      Best regards, Udo

       

      • Thank you for your prompt reply Udo, I'll keep an eye on the registration details and I should be able to come up with a list of questions for the session.

        Looking forward to talking to you too.

        Regards, Alexey

        • Hello Alexey,

          thank you again for your fast reply to this blog, I highly appreciate this. Kindly find here now an update from my side, namely the registration link for our live expert Q&A session is published now here:

          https://sap-se.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArdO-qpzwoHNIra-YbddXaTEDcNI7fC1oI

          I hope you can register here and join our live expert Q&A session. I'm looking forward to talking to you there!

          Best regards, Udo

  • Hi Udo,

    Thank you for the registration information. Will this session be recorded? It seems not convenient to join the meeting from APJ's time zone.

    Best regards, Tikeer

  • Hello Tikeer,

    thank you very much for your comment and interest in our life expert Q&A session, great! And yes, this session will be recorded and the recording will be uploaded to the SAP Community YouTube channel and linked from the SAP Community page here: https://community.sap.com/topics/teched-in-2020.

    Regarding the timing of our session, I'm sorry for the inconvenience. The timing has been scheduled based on a time zone that was not yet covered during the original live expert Q&A sessions DEV924 at TechEd 2020. I hope the recording of this session is still helpful to you. In case of further questions you can always reach out directly , e. g. via the usual social media channels, e. g. LinkedIn ...

    Best regards, Udo

     

  • Hi Udo,

    Apologies, it may be too late for the submission of the questions but I hope we will be able to cover at least some of them during the session.

    Some background - we have the following integration products:

    • Cloud Platform Integration Enterprise Edition (Neo)
    • APIM (Neo)
    • EMS (CloudFoundry)

    CPI and APIM are now used in production and a number of services are being developed in EMS but it's not in production yet.

    Platform questions:

    • As you have noticed we are on Neo but it has been indicated to us that Integration Suite (which is on CF) would be the way to go forward. We're yet to have detailed discussions on this topic but it would be good to understand the roadmap of CPI, APIM and EMS
    • We require a highly available and resilient setup. Despite near zero-downtime maintenance we still experience drops in availability so I’d like to understand options available to us (e.g. using multiple availability zones etc). There have also been some incidents that led to the loss of the services so the high availability question is high on our agenda
    • Limitations - APIM – some of the limitations are very restrictive (e.g. timeout is 55s) and not configurable – is there a plan to improve this?
    • Protection of EMS REST APIs – is there any protection of EMS REST APIs (e.g. rate limits to ensure that the platform remains operational if there are spikes in service requests and if yes could you please share the figures (I am aware of the limitation whereby when applications poll for messages from queues using a REST API call there should be a delay of 5 seconds between consecutive polling requests on the same queue)?

    Operational Support:

    • There are limited logging/monitoring/analytics options (CPI more or less ok but requires to use the platform, APIM – limited, EMS – almost nothing). Resources utilisation is very difficult to see (memory/CPU). We have developed our own integration with a 3rd party tool but is there anything on the roadmap that will make this more straightforward and centralised?

    Development:

    • At the moment it’s very difficult to integrate end to end development into our SDLC and CI/CD pipeline (no integration with a source control system, move between tenants requires transports, difficult to automate deployments etc) – do you have any plans to improve this across all integration products (CPI, APIM and EMS)?

    I hope it makes sense and please let me know if any clarification is required.

    Regards,

    Alexey

    • Hello Alexey,

      thank you for submitting all these detailed questions around the SAP Integration Suite. Yes, absolutely no problem at all, we'll be more than happy to go through your questions during our live expert Q&A session!

      Talk to you soon!

      Best regards, Udo

       

  • Hi Udo,

    Here my few questions for today's seminar:

    • Is Cloud Integration Suite part of SAP Business Technology Platform or both are separate entity under Technology as per SAP one domain model? If different, how are both technology different from each other?
    • What should be thumb rule or integration strategy when to use Open connectors or Cloud Integration for connection? Eg. Let we need to connect to Salesforce; we connect via Salesforce channel in Cloud Integration and also via connecting Cloud Integration to Open connectors -> Salesforce
    • Do we have any openSAP course on Data services of the Cloud Integration capability of SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite?
    • As per the roadmap, Migration tool is planned for QR3 for PO to CPI migration. Will the migration tool will as effective as PO 7.5 one? The migration tool PO 7.5 was really good tool, except ccBPM it was able to migrate all the interfaces. Now since the integration technology are different for PO 7.5 and CPI, can the migration tool will able to most of interfaces like async-sync bridge via modules, java mappings, udf to groovy scripts, etc?
    • Is there any roadmap on the message monitoring view on CPI similar to PO message monitoring? Is similar IDOC monitoring, Channel Monitoring and especially B2B View possible in CPI in near future?
    • Hello Surajit,

      thank you for submitting your questions around the SAP Integration Suite for our live expert Q&A session. Yes, we'll be more than happy to go through your questions during our live expert Q&A session!

      Talk to you soon!

      Best regards, Udo

  • Hi Udo,

    We've got a view questions for the Q&A:

    We are currently using Cloud Platform Integration on CF and NEO.

    - What scaling options are possible in the NEO or CF environment and what are planned? (CPU/RAM)
    - Is it recommended to build integrations (incl. mappings) for large files/messages? ~(30MB-100MB). What is the best way to process such messages?
    - What is SAP Graph? How does it differentiate against SAP API management?

     

    Cheers

    Dennis Sentler

    • Hello Dennis,

      thank you for submitting your questions, great. Since we ran out of time during our live live expert Q&A session, kindly find here my responses:

      • SAP Integration Suite supports scaling in both environments, Neo as well as multi-cloud. The tenants of SAP Integration Suite are provisioned via worker nodes, and in case threshold values of the worker nodes are exceeded, e. g. for CPU load, then additional worker nodes will be provided by SAP.
      • The size of messages, that can be processed via the Cloud Integration capability of SAP Integration Suite, depends on various factors, such as the integration flow steps (mapping, security, etc.), complexity of the integration flow etc. In our internal tests we test with message sizes of 40MB, however in principle also larger messages sizes can be processed via he Cloud Integration capability of SAP Integration Suite. For large messages sizes, in particular exceeding around 100MB, it makes sense to consider the Data Integration capability of SAP Integration Suite. You can find further information about SAP's recommendation for the integration capabilities of SAP Integration Suite in the Integration Architecture Guide for Cloud and Hybrid Landscapes here:
        https://www.sap.com/documents/2020/11/400ae14b-bf7d-0010-87a3-c30de2ffd8ff.html.
      • The goal of SAP Graph is to  offer harmonised APIs for SAP applications, e. g. SAP S/4HANA, SAP SuccessFactors, SAP Ariba, SAP Concur etc. With this APIs for objects, such as a business partner, are harmonised across the SAP applications. The API Management capability of SAP Integration Suite allows to do end-to-end lifecycle management of APIs, e. g. definition, publication, analytics of API usage, protection of APIs via security policies etc. Related to SAP Graph is the one domain model as a foundation for the SAP applications. The one domain model is published on the SAP API Business Hub here:
        https://api.sap.com/sap-one-domain-model.
        And further information about SAP’s Strategy for Aligned Domain Models and APIs can be found in the Integration Architecture Guide for Cloud and Hybrid Landscapes here:
        https://www.sap.com/documents/2020/11/400ae14b-bf7d-0010-87a3-c30de2ffd8ff.html.

      I hope this information helps. Kindly let me know in case you have any additional questions.

      Best regards, Udo

       

      • Thanks for responding Udo,

        too bad we weren't able to discuss this live during the Q&A session.

         

        I've additional questions regarding scaling:

        "...in case threshold values of the worker nodes are exceeded, e. g. for CPU load, then additional worker nodes will be provided by SAP."

        • does this happen fully automatically? Or is a manual setting on the part of SAP or on our part necessary?
        • do the new workers bring their own capacity, or do they run on the tenant's hardware resources?
        • do both the productive tenant and the test tenant scale?

         

        "SAP Integration Suite supports scaling in both environments, Neo as well as multi-cloud."

        • we're not on SAP Integration Suite yet, is the old SAP Cloud Platform Integration environment also auto scalable?

         

        Thanks for responding Udo,

        Cheers and have a good day

        Dennis

        • Hello Dennis,

          thank you for your follow-up questions again!

          Yes, the scaling is fully done by SAP, i. e. the threshold values are configured by SAP, additional worker nodes are added by SAP as needed etc., so this process is automated by SAP and there is no need for any configurations by customers. However, in case you are already aware of upcoming peak load scenarios, e. g. for Black Friday etc., it would be helpful if you inform SAP in advance, e. g. through a customer support ticket or Max. Attention contact, so that SAP Cloud Operations is aware and can take special measures for your tenants. The scaling process by SAP is done for productive as well as non-productive tenants, the worker nodes run on shared resources, and this scaling process is enabled on Neo as well as multi-cloud environments.

          I hope this information helps. Kindly let me know in case you have any further questions.

          Bst regards, Udo

           

          • Udo Paltzer I am glad to see such a lively exchange. This information is very helpful for me as well as for our customers. Thank you for taking the time.

            Would you please address this question again, which you overlooked earlier:

            • do the new workers bring their own capacity, or do they run on the tenant's hardware resources?

             

            Cheers,

            Dennis

          • Hello Dennis,

            thank you for your kind words, I'm glad that the information provided so far has been helpful.

            And yes, the new worker nodes run in general on the tenant's hardware resources.

            I hope this information helps. Kindly let me know in case you have any further questions.

            Best regards, Udo