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Build an API-led and scalable IT landscape with an iPaaS

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Build an API-led and scalable IT landscape with an iPaaS

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: API-ready.

Are you ready? Traditional businesses are moving online. Not to replace the brick and mortar, but to compliment it and make it more efficient. Marketplaces and channels are growing, and you need to consider which are right for your business: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, Bol, eBay, and so on... ‍All of these have an API you can connect to, trade, or communicate through. But not with outdated, legacy systems.

To grow smart and be ready for the future, you need to think beyond merely having an Amazon store. Connect all of your products, services, real-time price updates, and stock information. Online processes increase efficiencies: order management, returns, issue management, tracking, warranty, payments and credits, and how-to wizards.‍ So, IT needs to be ready for APIs.

"Grow smart and be ready for the future."

The API world will bring new questions - questions about the experience. As your organization's API will service your employees, customers, and partners, it is crucial to plan first. In our white paper, we give you questions that will have to make decisions about structure and connectivity, like: how can you deliver a seamless experience for all touchpoints? The answers to these questions will give you more data allowing you to deliver better, smarter ways to engage with your customers.

This blog, 'API-ready,' 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

Build an API-led and scalable IT landscape with an iPaaS

Grow smart and be ready for the future
Build an API-led and scalable IT landscape with an iPaaS

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: API-ready.

Are you ready? Traditional businesses are moving online. Not to replace the brick and mortar, but to compliment it and make it more efficient. Marketplaces and channels are growing, and you need to consider which are right for your business: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, Bol, eBay, and so on... ‍All of these have an API you can connect to, trade, or communicate through. But not with outdated, legacy systems.

To grow smart and be ready for the future, you need to think beyond merely having an Amazon store. Connect all of your products, services, real-time price updates, and stock information. Online processes increase efficiencies: order management, returns, issue management, tracking, warranty, payments and credits, and how-to wizards.‍ So, IT needs to be ready for APIs.

"Grow smart and be ready for the future."

The API world will bring new questions - questions about the experience. As your organization's API will service your employees, customers, and partners, it is crucial to plan first. In our white paper, we give you questions that will have to make decisions about structure and connectivity, like: how can you deliver a seamless experience for all touchpoints? The answers to these questions will give you more data allowing you to deliver better, smarter ways to engage with your customers.

This blog, 'API-ready,' 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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