SAP API: simplification of inter-application data flows

API Bridge centralizes the management and simplification of data orchestration

As the impact of COVID-19 has proved, managing multi-source data and information directly influences decisions and then drives action within SAP.

Indeed, it is more than ever essential to improve the integration and interface of solutions through a clear process, both within industries, and at the regulatory level, in terms of the propagation of data from several databases (database), file or framework and digital content security.

As a result, stakeholders are increasingly turning to the application programming interface (“API”) solution for applications that make it possible to structure, categorize, streamline, synchronize and have monitoring. content through the various software solutions of the company; SAP or other publishers.

What is an API?

The API is a web service programming interface that will allow other environments to interact with each other over a secure channel.

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They are tools to reduce the financial costs, time and human input needed to integrate and connect data, users and applications while still being in a sustainable landscape, with simplified documentation.

In the SAP context, big data is structured and stored in a database, or Json / Xml file, then isolated and protected by different layers of security.

To interact with databases, ERP software and SaaS cloud solutions hosted by AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and many others, these flexible interfaces are programmed to allow very precise action on this data, in read or write.

In conclusion, APIs make it easier to extract and update data from multiple applications, in a flexible and secure model within a package.

The challenges of interoperability

Although SAP offers organizations a wide adaptation in terms of integrating new digital technologies, large companies often update different solutions to extract data, including hybrid on-premises and cloud (SaaS) solutions, to ” interconnect its different environments / applications, specific developments based on existing solutions are most often implemented via files which are transferred between applications.

However, the implementation of these solutions comes at the expense of data reliability.

The problem posed here is the lifespan. Indeed, between the moment it was extracted and the moment it was consumed, it could be updated in the meantime making the information obsolete in other environments.

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Currently, to respond to this type of challenge, the company calls on and implements a multitude of integration tools, with a mapping of extremely heterocyclic and diverse interfaces.

Our goal is to simplify the management and orchestration of multi-source, multi-format and multi-publisher interfaces by accelerating the synchronization of data between the various solutions and applications of companies.

The important level of customization and complexity of SAP translates into a multitude of integration challenges that companies must overcome.

The API Bridge solution can greatly facilitate your integration efforts and reduce your time to market.

SAP complexity and integration:

Through REST APIs, VASPP shortens the integration within certain SAP landscapes.

It is also universally recognized that applications integrated through API approaches are much faster to deploy and more flexible, and that they allow companies to embrace innovation and reduce costs.

For organizations that depend on multiple applications, legacy, and third-party systems, SAP integration is essential to streamline data and process flows.

VASPP has therefore invested in its own API system in order to respond to the issues of digitization and integration with other environments.

Usual challenges:

The integration of mixed and hybrid systems can often be quite difficult.

Indeed, the main challenges of integrating SAP and non-SAP applications are as follows:

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  Application of SAP integration methods to hybrid and mixed systems (Cloud & On-premises).

  Reliable and secure management of communication to non-SAP platforms and ERP.

  Provide a scalable and sustainable SAP application integration infrastructure.

  Supply flexibility to easily add new features.

  Keep knowledge and evolution within the organization and the SAP team.

  Control the costs of this type of deployment

Why REST:

VASPP has chosen to mainly use the REST (Representational State Transfer) model for the design of its APIs.

This original approach is based on a concept of data modeling and the methods for interacting with them.

Best practices are normally limited to very precise actions on a clearly named object such as transfer in HTML or in JSON format (more compact than XML).

Our added value:

In addition, VASPP via its BRIDGE API platform will allow you, not only to accelerate digital services within your organization, to increase the relevance and efficiency of data exchange and to be considerably less expensive.

Reliable and sustainable infrastructure:

The reliability and durability of integrating an SAP system with non-SAP applications is the main challenge organizations face.

Based on a communication protocol known by many languages / frameworks, the exchange of data in different languages becomes simpler and does not require added effort to ease the integration of these in an SAP environment.

In these situations, it is necessary to find a cost-effective SAP integration solution that is both flexible and robust.

Provide a scalable SAP application integration infrastructure

The REST-based VASPP API BRIDGE platform is easily scalable to support the large volume of data coming from third-party applications, those solutions that can be deployed in locations and teams across the globe. This solution also supplies process management tools and capabilities, such as dashboards and reports in SAP UI5.

Provide flexibility to add new functionality

Our solution adapts with rapid advancement in technology, new software solutions are becoming available at an increasing rate.

This flexibility allows us to support the rapid deployment of these solutions to maximize the financial benefits.

Conclusion :

Our VASPP BRIDGE API integration platform comes with built-in API connectors (Exiger, MS, Power BI, Esker…) that can pull data directly from your SAP system including business logic.

You can launch new APIs in real time and dramatically reduce your time to market with open standard code connected to your SAP systems and other market solutions.

Since APIs are contained in microservices, this approach aligns perfectly with DevOps and agile development.

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