Solutions for Effective SAP Application Integration
It is universally acknowledged that cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) applications offer multiple benefits in terms of speed, flexibility, innovation and reduced costs. According to a Gartner survey, cloud adoption has become an advantageous strategy in the business world. Organizations are realizing the benefits of integrating their existing on-premise systems with SaaS applications as an upgrade. Integration provides a wealth of strategic services that can be exploited in order to enhance their business processes or remodel them for increased productivity and efficiency.
SAP Application Integration decisions are beyond the immediate purview of the IT department. This allows IT more time to manage integration and middleware and ensure that businesses realize the full benefits of SAP Application Integration and the strategic opportunities it affords.
Despite the host of reasons to implement SAP API, companies will continue to struggle to realize the full potential of SAP Application Integration. Challenges in this regard emerge when these applications are isolated from the rest of the infrastructure, platform services, and from their on-premise applications, namely, SAP application software.
In this blog, we will explore the multiple challenges posed by SAP Application Integration with other third-party applications, and suggest feasible solutions to overcome them.
Challenges of SAP Application Integration
IT teams have been struggling to meet SAP Application Integration requirements and timescales of LOBs (Lines of Business) along with other equally high priority IT engagements. Evolving standards of technology and communication imply that SAP Application Integration brings a complex set of SAP application software requirements.
The challenges presented can be broadly classified as either business or technical operations.
Business Operations Challenges
Integration solutions to meet strategic business goals
It is not uncommon for departments such as sales to promptly deploy an application such as Salesforce.com. If data from SAP is pivotal for sales departments to increase revenue or improve customer satisfaction, then any delay by IT in delivering the integration solution will hinder the entire process. This will interfere with meeting strategic business goals.
SAP to be integrated with multiple systems
To leverage the innovative functionality, flexibility, and agility of SaaS applications, it is imperative that departments such as HR, Sales, Marketing, and Purchasing have access to SAP Application Integration solutions. In some scenarios, SAP Application Integration data may be required in real time and in two separate applications from separate vendors like CRM and Marketing Automation, both using different technologies.
SAP Application Integration to prevent operational disruptions
With critical business process applications becoming cloud-based, it is essential that there be an increase in the availability of SAP Application Integration solutions to maintain continuity in the flow of business functionality.
Flexibility to add new software applications and functionalities
The line of business is now able to investigate and purchase new software solutions, but the SAP Application Integration architecture must support their rapid deployment to maximize real business benefits.
Realize ROI for deploying third-party applications
If the process requirements and ROI for using SaaS applications is time-sensitive, then the speed and ease of the SAP Application Integration deployment will be critical for achieving high ROI.
Costs of SAP Application Integration as a percentage of the LOB
In certain critical business scenarios, the cost of SAP Application Integration and its implementation are small compared to the potential system integration requirements. In these cases, it is critical to invest in a low-cost SAP Application Integration solution.