It won’t work without an integration strategy

If you have already decided on a product that will help you connect your IT systems, the first step is to define your own integration strategy. This step will not only enable you to implement faster, but also to keep your processes in order and lead you directly to the expected result. Although a modern integration platform allows a large number of options, rules and technologies for communication, it does not mean that you really have to use them all. Therefore, we recommend that you choose a smaller set of technologies in your strategy that are proven, secure and reliable and will be usable for all the current systems you plan to integrate or plan to purchase.

You also need to think about the processes that will be implemented most often and define the required communication features for them. The basic division of interfaces can be defined according to the need to obtain a processing result and the required time for such processing evaluation.

From this point of view, we can divide communication into so-called. synchronous and asynchronous. We recommend to define asynchronous communication as the basic type of communication, mainly because of its high performance and also because of the possibility of reprocessing when a technical problem arises in the transmission. On the other hand, synchronous communication is simpler for so-called error handling, since the whole communication has to be managed by the system that invokes such communication. The integration strategy therefore needs to define in which cases which type of communication will be used.

The second important point that needs to be defined in such a document is the choice of recommended technologies. Defining a precise list of technologies will mainly return to the customer in reliability and overall platform performance, along with easier security and operational support.

By precisely defining the rules and by creating a so-called templates of integration flows, it is also possible to speed up the development phase and the actual setup of new integrations.
If you have chosen the right cloud-based SAP Integration Suite tool, you automatically set the imaginary “bar” for security quite high. Every technology automatically carries with it security requirements, so in that case we really don’t have to worry about our data. In fact, in this tool, creating a dangerous scenario is very difficult, or almost impossible without explicit intent.

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