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SAP Integration Suite – Availability of a common & coherent User Interface to work with various capabilities

Introduction

SAP Integration Suite is an enterprise-grade integration platform as a service (iPaaS) that allows organizations to smoothly integrate on-premise and cloud-based applications and processes with tools and prebuilt content managed by SAP. At the time of writing this blog, it offers various capabilities such as Cloud Integration, API Management, Integration Advisor, Open Connectors, Trading Partner Management, and Integration Assessment.

While each of these capabilities offer rich tools & provide integration & API developers the environments to get their jobs done, they are distributed across different application UIs. For example, if your integration scenario involves building an Integration Flow to work with Employee Data from a SuccessFactor system, you would do so in Cloud Integration Web UI. If you wish to expose this Integration Flow as an API securely with certain rate limiting in place for controlled consumption in a mobile application, you will create such an API in the API Portal UI. So as an integration & API developer you are required to familiarize yourself with multiple application UIs offering different user experiences. SAP Integration Suite addressed this problem to some extent by offering the Launchpad in the past.

The Launchpad loosely wires all the tools of the Integration Suite capabilities and provides easy navigation across them. We now take the Launchpad a step further with our latest release in Oct 2022 – we bring all the capability tools (with few exceptions) natively together into a single application frame. This eliminates the need to navigate in & out of different UIs and provides a smooth single-sign-on experience to work with everything that you need to do with Integration Suite. In this blog, let’s understand what this new coherent user experience has to offer.

Access to Integration Suite UI

The new Integration Suite UI can be launched by administrators by clicking on the link in the cockpit.

The URL of this application remains static and hence can be bookmarked and shared with developers.

Managing capability activation/de-activation

If the application is accessed by an Integration Provisioner, then the Home page offers the tools to manage the capability activations. To begin with, the Capability section shall be empty. Click on ‘Add Capabilities’ to start working.

 

Choose required capabilities & activate.

 

Once activated, the tiles start appearing on the Home page.

 

Further on, perform the necessary capability specific role & set up configurations to make the tenant ready for usage. You can find more information about this here.

Working with the Home page

Once the capabilities are activated and the roles are assigned, if a privileged user accesses the Integration Suite UI, she lands on the Home page. The Home page is divided into several sections.

  1. In the Capabilities section, each of the activated Integration Suite Capability is represented by a tile with prominent quick actions. The actions are enabled based on the user privileges.
  2. The Overview section calls out the salient features of Integration Suite with a short, embedded video and a link to the playlist for additional information.
  3. The Resources section offers various links to learn about the Integration Suite, its latest updates and to interact with the ecosystem around it.

Once a developer starts building artifacts using the Integration Suite UI, the Recent & Monitoring sections start appearing. They help users with easy access to recently managed artifacts and also provide quick overview about the usage & performance of the artifacts.

Common Shell features

The top navigation bar and the left-hand side navigation bar are available always in the application.

  1. The Left-hand side navigation is categorized into Menu and Sub-menu items. It is a completely dynamic section that is created based on the activated capabilities in the tenant and the logged in user’s privileges. Each of the Menu item (except Home & Settings) represents a lifecycle stage and the sub-menu items represent the artifacts belonging to the stage. ‘Settings’ sub-menu item offers a single page to administrators to apply configurations for all activated capabilities
  2. The top navigation bar offers many common actions
    1. News & Announcements action allows users to be informed about the latest updates from Integration Suite
    2. The Product Switcher action allows users to access external applications such as API Business Hub, the BTP Cockpit etc.
    3. The About action opens an aggregated version information dialog for all capabilities deployed on the tenant
    4. The Profile action provides like to documentation & troubleshooting guides along with the logout action

Working with the Capabilities

A developer can interact with each of the capabilities by using the quick links on the Home page tiles or sub-menu items on the left-hand side bar. For example, pre-existing content can be discovered by clicking on ‘Integrations’ or ‘APIs’ under ‘Discover’. New artifacts such as Integration Flows, APIs, MIGs, MAGs etc can be created by visiting the corresponding sub-menu item under ‘Design’. Similarly, the integration artifacts can be monitored by visiting the ‘Integrations’ under ‘Monitor’. APIs can be analyzed by visiting ‘APIs’ under ‘Monitor’.

As stated in the previous paragraph, the availability of these sub-menu items depend on the activated capabilities on the tenant and also the privileges of the logged in user.

You can find the description of each of these Menu items here

 

As of now, Open Connectors and Integration Assessment are still loosely integrated into the Integration Suite UI and hence the user is navigated to an external application when accessed.

Summary

The new Integration Suite UI provides a single web application to work with all the capabilities that Integration Suite has to offer. This is a step forward in providing a coherent user experience to the developer community. You can find a short visual summary by watching the below videos.

Thank you for reading. Do tell us what you think about this new enhancement.

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      Author's profile photo Vijay Konam
      Vijay Konam

      Thanks Shruthi.

      That removes lot off logins. However, is this only for Integration Suite or NEO would get this update as well?

      Author's profile photo Shruthi M Arjun
      Shruthi M Arjun
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Vijay

      This is available with the Integration Suite license which is only offered on CloudFoundry

      Thanks

      Shruthi

      Author's profile photo Souvik Sinha
      Souvik Sinha

      Thanks Shruthi M Arjun for the details informative blog.

       

      Regards,

      Souvik

      Author's profile photo Shivam Kumar
      Shivam Kumar

      This is really helpful. Thank you for sharing these details.

      I have query - is there any detailed SAP documentation to refer, as this is a considerable change based on how developers were traditionally using integration suite, especially on UX.

       

      Thank you,

      Shivam

      Author's profile photo Shruthi M Arjun
      Shruthi M Arjun
      Blog Post Author

      HI Shivam

      Yes, there is detailed documentation that you can access here.

      https://help.sap.com/docs/SAP_INTEGRATION_SUITE/51ab953548be4459bfe8539ecaeee98d/5cc6987511104c418b7cb4c25f3d9cb0.html?version=CLOUD

       

      It is also accessible from the shell header under the Profile icon -> "online guide" and from the resources section -> "Documentation" tile

       

      Thanks

      Shruthi

      Author's profile photo Muniyappan Marasamy
      Muniyappan Marasamy

      UI should be redesigned or improved, so that number of clicks would be reduced. May be product team can try to get feedback from customer and take a call what all need to be changed or improved. Improvement Request Details - Customer Influence (sap.com)

      Author's profile photo Shruthi M Arjun
      Shruthi M Arjun
      Blog Post Author

      Hi

      Yes, the feedback is acknowledged as also indicated in the Influence tool. Would be happy to collaborate with you in order to improve the user experience

      Thanks

      Shruthi

      Author's profile photo Gauri Jawale
      Gauri Jawale

      Only Home is enabled for me please help me solve this.

      Author's profile photo Shruthi M Arjun
      Shruthi M Arjun
      Blog Post Author

      Hi,

      Pls follow the documentation here 

      to complete the necessary capability configurations such as role assignments & further set up. With the right set of roles, the other capability navigation items shall become visible

      Thanks

      Shruthi

      Author's profile photo Gregg Hinkle
      Gregg Hinkle

      I have a BTP Pay-as-you-go account and I subscribed to the Integration Suite - free plan in my Subaccount. I then activated each available capability in the Integration Suite and the Capabilities tiles appear. I assigned every role collections to my user that was identified in the Configuring User Access page for the different capabilities. After I performed all of these actions, nothing happens when I click on each capability tile. The quick actions links on the tiles work and do bring me to the appropriate page, but clicking on just the tile does nothing. Should clicking on the tile bring me to a new page or is the fact that I am using the Free Plan Integration Suite instead of the Standard Plan Integration Suite change the functionality?

      Author's profile photo Shruthi M Arjun
      Shruthi M Arjun
      Blog Post Author

      Hi

      Previously, the Capability tiles on the Launchpad took users of Integration Suite to individual capability applications. However in the new design, the tile itself on the Home page is not clickable but the quick links on the tiles take you to the individual capability pages within the same application. This is the behavior irrespective of the plan you subscribe to.

      Thanks

      Shruthi

      Author's profile photo Gregg Hinkle
      Gregg Hinkle

      Thank you for the clarification. In the past when I subscribed to the Integration Suite the tiles were clickable so I thought that I was missing a role or the plan that I chose did not allow for this action. Now I know that it is due to the new design and it is working as expected.