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Author's profile photo Piyush Gakhar

Graph: new in SAP Integration Suite

With the addition of the new Graph functionality, you can now, easily and securely, provide your integration and application developers with selective, abstracted access to your enterprise data via a single, easy-to-use API. The enterprise data is semantically connected in the form of a business data graph.

Out-of-the-box, you can create a business data graph of SAP-managed data, which includes 4500+ entities and 9000+ connections. Data objects from the business systems are projected as mirrored entities in the out-of-the-box business data graph. The data graph is also enriched with unified entities (abstracted and simplified entities), which are created for similar data objects found in more than one SAP system in the landscape. This provides the baseline for the out-of-the-box data graph. You can extend the business data graph by adding custom data sources or defining custom entities.

After the business data graph has been configured, it is accessible by a single and unified API, which supports powerful data graph query languages (OData v4 or GraphQL). Developers become more productive because, through the abstraction layer Graph provides, they are no longer exposed to the complexity of the landscape. The resulting application code can often be reduced by using single graph-navigating queries to replace programming logic or by querying custom entities composed of attributes from multiple source entities.


Enterprise IT : benefits & outcomes

  • Carefully control which data is securely and selectively exposed to different apps
  • Avoid unnecessary ETLs and replications for specific use cases
  • Get out-of-the-box SAP support, 4500+ entities, 9000+ connections
  • Create your own extended data models and enterprise graph
  • Simplify handover – requires just one business data graph URL and credentials
  • Deploy landscape-agnostic reusable apps

Developer : benefits & outcomes

  • Enjoy one easy-to-use API with powerful data graph queries (OData v4 or GraphQL)
  • Focus on the data you need, regardless of landscape complexity
  • Experience one connected and consistent system data model
  • Onboard quickly by exploring configured business data graphs using Graph Navigator in SAP API Business Hub Enterprise
  • Use with low-code/no-code tool integration in SAP Build
  • Be instantly more productive

How Graph complements API Management in SAP Integration Suite

APIs are business critical assets, which must be carefully managed. Using the API Management capability in SAP Integration Suite, this can be achieved in the following ways:

  • Façade – create your own unified and harmonized API presence, using your own domain and branding
  • Security – ensure API security, traffic protection and compliance
  • Governance – discover and document all your APIs, manage API policy and lifecycle, offer developer services
  • Insights – monitor with usage analytics, logs, events and triggers; use business insights to monetize your APIs
  • Transforms – apply advanced header and payload modifications; use business data graphs and (3rd party) integrations


How to get started with Graph

After successfully completing a rigorous 6-month beta program with SAP customers and partners, the new Graph functionality has been released for general availability and is therefore suitable for productive usage. The Graph functionality can be enabled in existing SAP Integration Suite tenants as of July 10th, 2023 for any SAP BTP service plan for SAP Integration Suite where API Management is available. Regional availability follows a primarily on-demand approach. To see if Graph is available in your region, refer to SAP Note 3338820.

For more details about Graph, please refer to the following information:

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      Author's profile photo RAJESH SHARMA

      Very useful information thanks for sharing

      Author's profile photo Saurabh Kabra
      Saurabh Kabra

      Hi Piyush Gakhar ,

      Is the SAP graph service not part of the SAP Integration Suite in the Trial environment(US10)? I can't seem to find it in the trial environment via Integration Suite provisioning page in the manage capabilities section or on the top right corner button.

      Further, I can see that I have the entitlements for the service in the same trial subaccount but when I try to create a service instance then I get the attached error.

      I am not sure what is Integration Studio Application. Can you please clarify?



      Author's profile photo Stephanie Lewellen
      Stephanie Lewellen

      Hi Saurabh,

      Thanks for your message. On the far right across from "API Management", there is a small blue "Edit" button. When you select that, you will see the option to activate Graph.

      After activating Graph in the SAP Integration Suite Manage Capabilities configuration, you should able to create the service binding and not get the 'creation failed' error.

      Please refer to this documentation section for more details:

      Best regards,

      (Product Manager - Graph)

      Author's profile photo Iryna Bintsarovska
      Iryna Bintsarovska


      That's interesting movement from SAP.  I would like to understand how this solution is comparable with SAC and SQL queries. Looks like GraphQL is more powerful.

      Another question - is there any use case available to share the outcome benefits? I am afraid that to apply business logic could be an issue for many customers.



      Author's profile photo Stephanie Lewellen
      Stephanie Lewellen

      GraphQL is a query language for business data graphs, whereas SQL is used for database queries.

      For detailed use case description for Graph in SAP Integration Suite, please check out the following documentation topics:

      Author's profile photo Mio Yasutake
      Mio Yasutake

      Could I know the difference between SAP Graph and this offering?

      Author's profile photo Stephanie Lewellen
      Stephanie Lewellen

      SAP Graph is the former standalone SAP BTP service. The Graph capability in SAP Integration Suite offers new advanced features (configuration UI and private Graph Navigator, support for custom model extensions, and GraphQL).

      The new Graph capability has been released for general availability and is therefore suitable for productive use. The former SAP Graph service is no longer available and the dedicated page on SAP Discovery Center is scheduled to disappear today.

      Author's profile photo Mio Yasutake
      Mio Yasutake

      Thanks for your response. It's a surprise that SAP Graph is going to be sunset.

      Author's profile photo Ralf Handl
      Ralf Handl

      "SAP Graph" has just been renamed to "Graph capability in SAP Integration Suite", it still has "SAP" and "Graph" inside 😉