Rapidly build portable and compatible integration solutions between SAP ECC and SAP S/4HANA
Businesses require new and
modern approaches to their integration solutions for SAP ECC and S/4HANA.
Unfortunately, many enterprises with ECC are currently stuck in limbo, halting
modernization projects until they move to S/4HANA, which could be years down
Integration solutions like
enosix not only satisfy employees’ and customers’ needs for better user
interfaces, they also leverage the business logic infrastructure of their SAP
ERP systems to achieve integration today with a portable and compatible system
you can take with you to S/4HANA, whenever that transition is planned.
Let’s explore the immediate
need for digital transformation, some of the challenges enterprises are facing,
and how enosix can help companies overcome those challenges to move into the
Tale as old as time
Many companies are working
with ERPs up to 20 years old. They are overly complicated to the point where
upgrading is so risky that it’s delayed or just not done at all. The result is
a bottleneck that’s holding back the business from the digital transformation
it so desperately needs.
Unfortunately, many CTOs and
IT teams are forced to implement more systems of engagement that are needed to
drive top- and bottom-line results. Doing so with the existing ERP requires
significant time and budget. Plus, it adds to the already unreasonable
maintenance workload. Reaching a point of diminishing return, many teams are
pushing for digital transformation as soon as possible.
Digital transformation now
The need for digital
transformation is not new, but the current economic climate caused by the
COVID-19 pandemic is creating even more of a demand for it. Budget cuts and
lack of resources often lead to automation initiatives as companies seek to
save money and simplify processes while still maintaining the customer
In addition, eCommerce and
other remote operations are accelerating rapidly, increasing the need for
real-time solutions that move at the speed of the customer. While COVID-19 will
eventually simmer, these behaviors and demands will not. Integration and
automation are no longer options.
The need for integration
The average enterprise uses
between 500 and 1,000 cloud-based apps and between 50 and 700 internally built
ones. Most of these could benefit from ERP data and become vastly more
As SAP says, “intelligent
enterprises are integrated enterprises.” However, their blanket solution to
innovation is to move to S4/HANA, which can take years to accomplish. Companies
need digital transformation now and cannot wait to move their ECC workloads to
the new platform.
Why is this so hard?
The challenge lies in the
complexity. Each SAP system has unique business logic and customizations built
up over the company’s lifetime. Traditional approaches to integration must
reproduce this business logic at every data point.
Every integration is
different, which makes less than 40% of the code reusable. This requires
companies to copy, paste, and adjust. The result is a vast and complicated web
of code with unreasonable maintenance requirements. Because each app has its
own evolutions and roadmaps, the code has to be updated manually every time
there is a change.
Doing this for every aspect of
the business quickly creates a mess, one that could break at the slightest
wrong move. As years go by and new CTOs are brought in, the system gets more
complicated and understanding the full scope of it becomes less realistic.
How do we overcome these hurdles?
In an ideal world, we would
build bi-directional and real-time integrations faster and cheaper than we do
today. We would utilize the business logic that already exists in SAP to reduce
maintenance and create portable solutions that can move between ERP versions
and front-end systems without fail.
Currently, there are three
ways to do this:
- Middleware: Middleware solutions are difficult and expensive to implement. They require developers to know SAP well and be able to re-build business logic at every integration point. This leaves a lot of opportunity for error and requires onerous testing. Middleware solutions are also based on synchronization rather than real-time integration. Plus, they are not portable, so developers will have to start from scratch when companies move to S/4HANA.
- Custom solution: Custom built solutions use a bi-directional object library in ABAP that combines SAP data and business logic into an API that works in both ECC and S/4. They also use their own communication framework to get around the limitations of SAP’s NetWeaver Gateway. Like middleware, however, custom solutions can be time-consuming, expensive, and require in-depth knowledge of SAP.
- enosix: enosix leverages what’s already in SAP and exposes it to your front-end applications. This eliminates the need to figure out SAP logic as it uses the existing business logic in place. enosix is proven to reduce implementation time and expense by 80% to 90%, and it does not require extensive SAP knowledge. The biggest benefit in relation to digital transformation is that it’s portable and scalable, so businesses can implement enosix now and take it with them to S/4HANA.
Digital transformation solutions with enosix
The goal for businesses in any
industry moving forward is to build needed integrations rapidly while reducing
maintenance costs. The enosix platform enables this by relying on business
logic already present in your ECC system. The dynamic nature of enosix allows
users to easily transition to S/4HANA or other front-end systems.
Integrations are key to
providing business value and empowering employees with information they need to
serve customers at a high level. To learn more about how enosix works and some
of the real-world success of our clients, watch our latest webinar: Who Says You Can’t
Teach an Old ECC New Integration Tricks?