The financial business case of using the SAP API Plugin
The financial uncertainties and disadvantages of manually using and adding SAP API webservices versus using the plug and play SAP API Plugin
Exploring integration possibilities that will benefit your company and business often relies on logistical ways of thinking – both financially and corporately. Since Digitalization is changing the world exponentially, many organizations and businesses grapple with the challenges of integrating the increasing number of applications necessary to stay current and thrive in a digitally laden and demanding IT landscape. Integrations are far and few between when wishing to adapt ans conform to a continuously digitalized environment.
Your integration project starts with the question if your SAP ERP is able to ‘display, transport and import’ all the necessary information towards customers, suppliers and other software in a way that is asked these days, so the data of all business processes, handled in your SAP needs to be activated and available via API, or so called web services. This brings forth the question of how you should organize this.
You therefore have two scenarios:
1) Let the API Datapoints be created via SAP Consultants
Let us assume that a project group of your internals, the SAP Consultants and your digital partner will need 3 workshops to define all the data needed for these 22 data points. Off course each team will need some time before and after the workshop. This roughly comes down to; 3 teams x 2 people x 3 workshops + 8 hours preparation time for each workshop = hours (about 6 days) * 200 euro = 28.800
can handle both ‘batch-lookup’ and ‘real-time’ data. Therefore, the total costs of mapping 22 webservices will cost you around an average 2 days each webservice, max 44 days (about 1 and a half months) * 120 euro = €40,000. Note; When you are ordering only the SAP API Plugin, you still need a budget to connect the data to your eCommerce.
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
Why choose our SAP API Plugin?
For more affordable solutions, Alumio’s API SAP Plugin, remains the clear front-runner in this respect. Investing in our API SAP Plugin is a cost-effective solution to integrations, that will fully future proof and scale your company and business needs in a way that adheres to our newfound IT landscape. Furthermore, by investing in Alumio, not only do you save 75% in expenditure that can be used in other sectors, however, you also invest your money wisely in a way that will pay dividends in your future endeavors.