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SAP primarily offers 2 solutions in the Application Integration space:
SAP PO is a solid on-premise middleware that has been around for 20+ years and used by more than 12,500 customers. SAP will be providing extended maintenance for PO 7.5 until 2030.
SAP IS is an Integration Platform as a Service (IPaaS) solution. It is a logical successor of SAP PO for companies that are looking to move their applications and integrations to the cloud.
SAP PO – Highlights
SAP PO – Deployment Options
SAP Integration Suite – Highlights
SAP Integration Suite – components
Fixed pipeline: Connectivity->Routing->Mapping->Connectivity
Stateful Message Processing
Mainly part of BPM
Integrated in iFlow. In addition, there is a powerful Data Store to persist data.
Separation of Design & Configuration
ESR for design time artifacts, DIR for configuration.
Mainly managed in the iFlow. Configurable Elements can be externalized, Users are managed also outside of iFlows.
Interfaces can be modeled with data type editors
No modeling environment available. Interface definitions must be imported. Import of ESR Objects possible.
Content Organization & Reuse
Strong governance enables reuse of integration content globally.
Each iFlow is autonomous, lean & independent. Using the ProcessDirect Adapter, certain functionality can be centralized. Credentials, Scripts & Mappings can be reused.
Re-process Error Messages (Asynchronous)
Inbuilt functionality to reprocess error messages
No inbuilt functionality available. Can be achieved with the help of data store and custom-built iFlow.
Single Tenant solution, no built-in virtualization capabilities. Failover to be configured by customer
Multi-tenancy, data isolation, virtualization is possible. Automated failover and rolling software updates
Ground <-> Ground Integrations
Use SAP PO
Cloud <-> Ground Integrations
SAP IS recommended. However, SAP PO can also be used
Cloud <-> Cloud Integrations
Use SAP IS
Integrating SAP Cloud Solutions
Use SAP IS
Brand new SAP Implementation (No SAP PI/PO in the current landscape)
Use SAP IS
Have older SAP PI in the landscape
You can either Migrate to SAP IS (If you have <50 interfaces)
Migrate to SAP PO 7.5 (>50 interfaces) (You can migrate to SAP IS slowly)
Already on SAP PO 7.5?
Continue to develop new interfaces with existing systems on SAP PO
If you are implementing new cloud solutions involving SAP systems, go with SAP IS as you can benefit from the pre-delivered content.
On-premise installation in customer landscape. Responsibility lies with customer
Cloud based service hosted by SAP. Can also be deployed on AWS, Azure, Alibaba Cloud. Responsibility lies with SAP
Core-based Product License and Annual Fee
Monthly Subscription Fee (see: Licensing)
2500+ pre-built integrations
Needs to be installed by your Basis team
SAP automatically pushes new updates every month
Supported via B2B add-on
Supported via Trade Partner Management
Additional nodes/servers can be added
Highly scalable as it is cloud-based
Guaranteed delivery in Exactly Once (EO) / Exactly Once In Order (EOIO) mode
Transient Cloud messaging by default. EOIO is not available and EO must be modelled manually using Data store or via JMS
Number of Adapters/Connectors
190+ (30+ Standard connectors and 160+ connectors to non-SAP Cloud applications supported by SAP Open Connectors)
1.Do you already have an existing SAP PI/PO System?
If your answer is No, then we recommend you invest in SAP IS and create all your future integrations using SAP IS. SAP IS (aka Cloud Platform Integration – CPI) supports integrations between cloud <-> cloud, cloud <-> on-premise and on-premise <-> on-premise systems. Else, SAP PO can stay as a central Integration platform until your business needs change.
2.Do you have significant integrations between on-premise Systems?
If yes, then you can go with Hybrid approach where you can continue using SAP PO for your existing ground to ground integrations and slowly move your cloud integrations to SAP IS.
3.Does your Integration team have the right skills?
Another factor to consider is if your integration team has the right skills and are ready to learn the ever-evolving skillet required to get onboard with SAP IS.
4.Are you planning to move most of your critical business applications to the cloud?
SAP IS should be the choice in this case. You can gradually move your existing integrations from SAP PO to SAP IS.
5.Your company’s long-term vision and SAP’s future roadmap
If you plan to move all your business processes to the cloud, SAP IS is the right choice. It also aligns with SAP’s roadmap. All of SAP’s main solutions have adopted cloud and will soon provide services via a single data model: SAP BTP powered by SAP HANA.
6.Do you have the budget for the Technology upgrade?
This is not only a decision based on current state licensing, but also current and future maintenance costs and development time for future integrations to SAP and non SAP applications.