In the modern business environment APIs play a key role even for those enterprises which are not within IT-sector. As Google states, “APIs are core to a successful digital transformation” (Apigee
) . Forbes also refers to APIs as “the most critical technology component for business innovation” (Forbes
), because it allows to establish an easy connection between partners so that partners can make innovations on the top of company’s product.
SAP has a set of different technologies related to APIs. For those who are not familiar with SAP portfolio, such names as Cloud Integration, API Management, API Business Hub, OData APIs can create a certain level of confusion. We will try to bring some clarification to this confusion and show how SAP solutions fit into the API-driven economy. OData
is a protocol for creating and consuming RESTful APIs. OData APIs can be exposed from SAP core products such as S4Hana, SuccessFactors, or older ECC, CRM systems. If an organization would like to expose some functionality from, for example, S4Hana it can reuse standard OData APIs or develop custom OData APIs. These APIs are often exposed through Gateway and Cloud Connector for external partners.
So if S4Hana comes with standard OData APIs and possibility for custom OData APIs, why would any organization need any other solution, like Integration Suite? The answer is the nature of scenario. Typical use-case for OData APIs exposed through Gateway+Cloud Connector is user-centric scenarios when users want to access SAP from their mobile devices or web applications, Fiori apps.
But if a company wants more, then SAP Integration Suite
(and Cloud Integration
which is a part of it) can be purchased. The lightest option available here is Integration Suite Basic edition. SAP Integration Suite is a middleware in cloud, and it also allows to expose REST APIs to external parties. So why should companies choose Integration Suite on top of S4Hana? It can be suitable in following cases: