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Being Agile means the crucial ability to add and interchange software

Be able to add and change your software

Being Agile means the crucial ability to add and interchange software

For businesses to be successful, we genuinely believe it's vital to have a connected IT ecosystem. Everything and everyone in your digital ecosystem should connect across channels, devices, and platforms. This blog will give you one of the many reasons to be thinking of an integration strategy: agile.

Why would you need to create an environment where the interchangeability of software is required? To understand this, we need to take a more in-depth look at the four pillars.

As we mentioned earlier, IT cannot do this alone. For success, you need people with the right skills and the correct data in place—all led by a management team with a clear future-proof vision. Each of the four pillars is integrated and connected. If you do not have the right people and data in place, you will not benefit from enterprise-level tools. Start with a suitable solution for your current and next stage requirements. However, when you get to the next level, with the right tools in place, it’s easy to upgrade and take the step to more expensive enterprise solutions. This agile approach allows you to avoid unnecessary substantial software costs while starting on your journey.

Historically, one of the problems with replacing legacy software or implementing new is connecting them all. Connecting to largescale ERP systems, such as SAP ECC or Microsoft, is still not easy.

The more recent your technology, the easier it will be to swap-out or add to. Outdated, convoluted connections between bespoke systems make it very difficult to create continuity and standardize data across the organization. With modern platforms, an iPaaS solution can manage critical connections; this way, adding a new ML or AI platform is easy and secure. As is, swapping out an existing system for its replacement. This all means you only need to replace one integration, as the iPaaS manages data and integrations.

This blog, 'Agile,' only showed one of the eight advantages of why it is interesting to include an integration platform in your IT infrastructure. Learn more about the benefits of an iPaaS in our other blogs or download the white paper: '8 Reasons to have an iPaaS solution in your IT eco-system.'

1) Let the API Datapoints be created via SAP Consultants

Risk of low quality & performance errors
If your team will create the data points in the API’s for a fully blown SAP B2B portal, for the first time, the risk of forgetting data fields, the wrong type / logic of creating webservices in a way they will not perform is enormous.    

Let's give you 1 example and insight:   In order to create a customer or so-called self-service portal in your B2B eCommerce, where customers can have a look to their current stats of orders and deliveries, or the history of orders, you need to create 2 separate webservice to make sure you are not over requesting the SAP API. You need to create a separate web service which only requests the header information (invoice number,  for only the latest 10 items, etc and 1 separate which request the detailed information of an invoice. rserd customer will look for a list of first and only will have a look to 1 order/ delivery. The API call of the headers is exceptionally light, and the request of detailed information is a bit heavier. By using 2 APIs call for this feature, you are preventing to request all the detailed information for every user, which will visit the self-service portal. This way if building the API’s is 98% lighter than requesting all detailed information for all orders by all users!

The risk of configuring your webservice in a way which will get a big load to your SAP is enormous. When requesting all products, B2B Prices, Orders or Invoices to your SAP using real-time calls via a wrong logic, it may cause serious  performance problems. It is  therefore extremely important to configure the webservice with the right logic, using a smart caching  mechanism, to not request data in real-time by using “call” requests to your  API webservices, however  use a push mechanism to prevent big load and performance issues

2) Use an off the shelf certified and proven SAP API Plugin

Digital Trends

Being Agile means the crucial ability to add and interchange software

Be able to add and change your software
Being Agile means the crucial ability to add and interchange software

For businesses to be successful, we genuinely believe it's vital to have a connected IT ecosystem. Everything and everyone in your digital ecosystem should connect across channels, devices, and platforms. This blog will give you one of the many reasons to be thinking of an integration strategy: agile.

Why would you need to create an environment where the interchangeability of software is required? To understand this, we need to take a more in-depth look at the four pillars.

As we mentioned earlier, IT cannot do this alone. For success, you need people with the right skills and the correct data in place—all led by a management team with a clear future-proof vision. Each of the four pillars is integrated and connected. If you do not have the right people and data in place, you will not benefit from enterprise-level tools. Start with a suitable solution for your current and next stage requirements. However, when you get to the next level, with the right tools in place, it’s easy to upgrade and take the step to more expensive enterprise solutions. This agile approach allows you to avoid unnecessary substantial software costs while starting on your journey.

Historically, one of the problems with replacing legacy software or implementing new is connecting them all. Connecting to largescale ERP systems, such as SAP ECC or Microsoft, is still not easy.

The more recent your technology, the easier it will be to swap-out or add to. Outdated, convoluted connections between bespoke systems make it very difficult to create continuity and standardize data across the organization. With modern platforms, an iPaaS solution can manage critical connections; this way, adding a new ML or AI platform is easy and secure. As is, swapping out an existing system for its replacement. This all means you only need to replace one integration, as the iPaaS manages data and integrations.

This blog, 'Agile,' only showed one of the eight advantages of why it is interesting to include an integration platform in your IT infrastructure. Learn more about the benefits of an iPaaS in our other blogs or download the white paper: '8 Reasons to have an iPaaS solution in your IT eco-system.'

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