Selection Guide

The different types of middleware integration solutions

Learn all about middleware integration solutions

The different types of middleware integration solutions

For companies with their sights set on digital technology, a middleware solution could be the smartest way to go because it makes organizing your integrations and creating a future-proof IT landscape easier. However, to have the right software in place, you need to ensure that you have the right tool to do the job. You need to determine exactly which type of integration solution best suits your needs. The three types of integration middleware solutions can include essential integration software. Take a look down below to learn more about each one.

Traditional ESB solutions

Enterprise Service Bus solutions are on-premises software architecture models that typically utilize common technology that existed before Cloud technology became the new standard. Because ESB solutions rely heavily on on-premises footprints, older messaging, and aging document standards, they’re commonly seen in enterprise businesses with dedicated IT teams for managing integrations via the ESB solution.

SaaS integration solutions

The SaaS integration solution was designed for business users who wanted simple integrations between the systems they already use. For example, SaaS integration solutions provide a highly abstracted view of the underlying APIs that typically enable users to configure their integrations, which means that you won’t require any specialized skills to run them.
From there, users can use the data entities already available in systems and build their integrations with ease. All of this can be done through the user-friendly interfaces that make these solutions simple and easy to use.

iPaaS integration solutions

As the new standard in the market, iPaaS integration solutions are a brand new class of solutions that have only begun to pop up within the last 3-5 years. The iPaaS integration solution is similar to a SaaS integration solution, but it’s placed into a private Cloud environment for each customer to access independently. From there, customers can make customizations on an individualized basis without limitations.
These solutions are specifically designed to eliminate the common problems that often result from a proliferations of point to point integrations by providing centralized integration management. They abstract APIs and enable the configuration of connections from apps to the iPaaS system. From there, the user experience can vary widely depending upon the individual needs of each organization. For instance, these solutions can be scaled for large enterprises, making them better suited for IT use. Or they can be tailored into pre-built integrations designed to help organizations get started quickly and build custom integrations that suit their needs. For instance, Alumio and Workato are ideal examples of iPaaS solutions. Alumio has placed a large focus on the world of digital eCommerce due to the available templates for the related software solutions.

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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

Selection Guide

The different types of middleware integration solutions

Learn all about middleware integration solutions
The different types of middleware integration solutions

For companies with their sights set on digital technology, a middleware solution could be the smartest way to go because it makes organizing your integrations and creating a future-proof IT landscape easier. However, to have the right software in place, you need to ensure that you have the right tool to do the job. You need to determine exactly which type of integration solution best suits your needs. The three types of integration middleware solutions can include essential integration software. Take a look down below to learn more about each one.

Traditional ESB solutions

Enterprise Service Bus solutions are on-premises software architecture models that typically utilize common technology that existed before Cloud technology became the new standard. Because ESB solutions rely heavily on on-premises footprints, older messaging, and aging document standards, they’re commonly seen in enterprise businesses with dedicated IT teams for managing integrations via the ESB solution.

SaaS integration solutions

The SaaS integration solution was designed for business users who wanted simple integrations between the systems they already use. For example, SaaS integration solutions provide a highly abstracted view of the underlying APIs that typically enable users to configure their integrations, which means that you won’t require any specialized skills to run them.
From there, users can use the data entities already available in systems and build their integrations with ease. All of this can be done through the user-friendly interfaces that make these solutions simple and easy to use.

iPaaS integration solutions

As the new standard in the market, iPaaS integration solutions are a brand new class of solutions that have only begun to pop up within the last 3-5 years. The iPaaS integration solution is similar to a SaaS integration solution, but it’s placed into a private Cloud environment for each customer to access independently. From there, customers can make customizations on an individualized basis without limitations.
These solutions are specifically designed to eliminate the common problems that often result from a proliferations of point to point integrations by providing centralized integration management. They abstract APIs and enable the configuration of connections from apps to the iPaaS system. From there, the user experience can vary widely depending upon the individual needs of each organization. For instance, these solutions can be scaled for large enterprises, making them better suited for IT use. Or they can be tailored into pre-built integrations designed to help organizations get started quickly and build custom integrations that suit their needs. For instance, Alumio and Workato are ideal examples of iPaaS solutions. Alumio has placed a large focus on the world of digital eCommerce due to the available templates for the related software solutions.

Download our free white paper on the right and learn how we distinguish the differences between the abovementioned middleware solutions.

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