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5 Benefits of using an iPaaS in combination with the SAP API Plugin

5 reasons to use the iPaaS together with the SAP API Plugin

5 Benefits of using an iPaaS in combination with the SAP API Plugin

The SAP API Plugin is a piece of SAP software that ensures that a number of specific data points(otherwise known as web services) are installed into the default SAP API. When installing an SAP API – twenty-one web services become instantly attainable, so that you or your company are fully equipped for digital commerce.

In essence, the SAP API Plugin utilizes the native SAP RFC functions, in addition to iDocs to acquire the correct information, which thereafter creates the web services as a SOAP protocol – allowing you to stay up to date with all objectives, tasks, and obstacles.

"Having the ability to send and receive data is the basic foundation for digital success".

The challenge, however, is how you are going to integrate to all your relations and internal and upcoming digital software without having a complex IT landscape with data silo’s, which will slow you down on your journey to becoming a 100% digitally driven company. When you connect the web services delivered by the SAP API Plugin, directly via custom code or plugin, you are left to navigate your way through an extremely complex and tangled IT landscape that harbors many obstacles:

'Data-silos’ remain an extreme inconvenience as custom code and third-party connections are necessary without an SAP, which often results in the accumulation of data that often enough bares a heavy load.

An iPaaS solution allows you to create and maintain data integrations yourself, which will give you the ability to quickly connect your customers. For example, via EDI, JSON and EDIFACT, you can connect new systems within your organization.

Complex integrations are not conducively compliant with privacy regulations, nor are capable of establishing a secure IT ecosystem. Without an SAP API, it is not feasible to add or connect new software to existing software without a rigorous and expensive IT project.

An iPaaS will significantly lower your cost of ownership by 60%, as you are able to build integrations yourself. With this, data silo’s that bear a heavy load are eradicated, streamlining your processes and ensuring that your data is up to date, preparing you for digital growth.

Having all your data within your chosen systems is crucial in cultivating the correct management decisions. Therefore, in order to streamline processes as well as preparing yourself for BI and machine learning, you need to create your data lake through an iPaaS.

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

"Achieve significantly high customer satisfaction rates that exceed industry standards, through monitoring and cockpit functionalities and innovatively shape roles and responsibilities within your company".

After the installation of the SAP API Plugin, 21 web services become instantly available, which overrides the issue of your SAP not being able to connect to other systems, customers and suppliers. Moreover, integrations at fixed costs provide you with an extremely quick time to market, that ensures that your business is scalable, ready for digital success and has the ability to employ countless integrations for future prospects.

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