I have been in the SAP Integration work for a long time. I started out doing SAP XI back in 2004. At that point, there was a lot of integration work going on with integration 3rd party application. It was the primary focus because SAP ERP R/3 had all the business applications internally. All integration work was therefore just to ensure that the Internal SAP is talking together correctly.
In the current cloud age, there is a large difference.
“Many applications are a different application for specific domains.”
It means a fully new way of organizing your application. SAP has now purchase Ariba, Field Glass, SuccessFactors which has different ways of operating. They have all been build on different platforms to ensure they run optimal in their setting.
If they need to be useful to modern business then you must ensure that you have integrated them with your existing system. It is not an option not to integrate them, otherwise, users cannot interact with them and ensure that data is in the correct thru out the systems.
I’m running a one-person business Figaf, where we are making SAP PI/PO testing applications. Even it is only me with a limited number of customers I still need to integrate my CRM systems and Billing system to make the progress a lot faster for any sales process. I can manage it because I’m the only person and it is fairly easy to do with the number of customers coming.
If you have a large organization it becomes really crucial to be able to understand what is going on.
I have been sharing a post on the topic of current SAP Integration and what is happening there. It is both master data and transaction data that needs to be improved. SAP has announced some tools to speed up the process but we will see more on them at SAP Teched.