What is SAP Cloud Platform Integration (CPI)?

We all love SAP. But it’s hardly the only system we use.

Complex businesses have varying needs, and these are often met with third-party products and services. To enable data exchange between your SAP ERP and external systems, you need middleware. Middleware allows SAP to access data collected from your third-party products, and vice-versa. Without this communication, your information will be stored in silos. This defeats the purpose of investing in any service, as you won’t be able to leverage its features.

SAP has obviously thought of this, which is why it offers middleware options to its customers. SAP CPI is one of these options.     

What is SAP Cloud Platform Integration?

SAP Cloud Platform Integration (CPI) is SAP’s cloud-based middleware that connects users’ SAP ERP systems with third-party products. These products can be cloud based, on-premises, SAP, or non-SAP. The service allows real-time data exchange between these systems. Message processing can occur within a department, within the entire organization, or among different companies. The synchronization of data, which can span a wide range of stakeholders, helps streamline business processes.     

What are the benefits of using SAP CPI?   

SAP CPI is an open platform-as-a-service. What does this mean?

By open, we’re referring to the platform’s open source characteristic. Developers can choose between different programming languages (including Java, JavaScript, Node.js, and Cloud Foundry) for their integration and development needs.

Because CPI is cloud based and offered as a service, organizations don’t need to invest in in-house infrastructure and hardware. Customers can develop web and mobile applications through the Cloud, leveraging SAP’s HANA database management system.   

SAP CPI Integration at its Simplest

Though we mentioned the simplicities of using and integrating with CPI, you will still need developers who are experienced in XML and Java technology. (And who can dedicate a significant amount of time on development, maintenance, and support). This means resources. An alternative to expanding your IT staff are prebuilt adapters.

SAP offers a set of prebuilt adapters with its CPI service, which you can use for the following:

  • Application-to-application (A2A) and business-to-business (B2B) integration
  • Applications and data source integration between SAP and non-SAP systems
  • Applications and data source integration between cloud and on-premise applications
  • Synchronous and asynchronous data integration

But these will still require development and customization to fit your company’s specific needs. That’s why we developed a series of application specific CPI adapters. Each CPI Burger adapter was created with one single integration scenario in mind.

If you use one of these third-party products, our adapter was designed for you. Benefit from an out-of-the-box product that was made to fit your product’s functionalities. Setup and configuration are simple; you’ll be up and running in less than a day. If you face any trouble, our dedicated CPI consultants will assist you step by step.

Conclusion

SAP’s focus on the Cloud increases by the year. When we glance at the SAP roadmap, it’s clear that cloud solutions will prevail. And what’s not to like about the Cloud? Less need for infrastructure, minimal maintenance worries, lower costs, and increased accessibility.

Move your business processes to the Cloud with SAP CPI; start migrating to a fully cloud-based system for a more sustainable IT landscape. As for your integration needs, we’ve got you covered.