Today's SAP landscapes are highly networked and functionally and technically connected with various other systems. Online stores, CRM, warehouse management, or reporting systems supply data and receive data from SAP processes. Communication often takes place via SAP-specific and individual interfaces that connect the systems directly point to point.
The relevance of interfaces in the company, especially in communication with SAP systems, will increase even more. Driven by the constant Digital Transformation, cloud-based microservices and intelligent solutions based on enterprise data are essential components of modern enterprise architectures.
By integrating modern technologies with SAP enterprise data, new information can be gained about customers, processes, and the company's products. This enables the improvement of the customer experience, optimizes process costs, and increases company revenues.
The connection of all these old and new services runs via APIs. The classic point-to-point connections are often costly to set up initially and especially to maintain later. In addition, security concerns often drive up the cost and time of new APIs. Security seems to come at the price of usability and accessibility.
To better manage the complete lifecycle of APIs within the enterprise, modern IT business architectures need an integration layer that can serve primarily as a central point of communication to and from the SAP system. Interfaces can be easily reused via a powerful API management system that forms the integration layer, making it much easier to set up new services on top of existing structures. On the one hand, central monitoring increases the transparency of existing data flows; on the other hand, it also allows tracking accesses and monetizing APIs. Opening up existing systems through dedicated and managed APIs makes it possible to sell new digital services to customers, suppliers, and third parties.