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API Management usage

Hi Experts,

Now with SAP's roadmap alignining closely with APIs for S/4, C4C, SFSF, ,Ariba etc, how much of % of usage does each customer implementation of this require the usage of APIs?

I was recently part of a mini S/4 implementation where the functional team has not used any APIs.

Please confirm.


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    Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 08:03 AM

    Hi Venkat,

    It really comes down to what solutions the customer is using. You would use APIs when you are trying to integrate multiple solutions (SAP/non-SAP) and also when you are trying to expose your information to external solutions/people.

    In most of the cases, customers have an on-premise ERP system and few cloud solutions like SF, Ariba,Concur,Fieldglass etc. If you really need to get information out of these solutions, you need APIs. SAP is making OData as the default channel for retrieving information from SAP systems.

    Let's take an example where a customer is planning to use SF in the cloud for Learning Management, Performance & Goals and still maintain their core HR in the on-premise SAP HCM system. They will need to use APIs exposed from SF to consume/replicate some valuable information like Qualifications etc to the core HCM system on-premise.

    I have seen examples where Concur APIs are used by third-party solutions to get details on travel itinerary and mash it up with other information.

    Hope this helps.



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