Partnership Delivers New Ways for SAP Cloud Platform Customers to Leverage Open Connectors to Ease App Integration
LAS VEGAS and DENVER – Sept. 24, 2019 – Cloud Elements, a pioneer in API integration, and SAP today revealed enhanced functionality for SAP Cloud Platform Open Connectors to smooth the often-arduous process of third-party enterprise application integration.
The announcement, which came on the first day of the SAP TechEd 2019 conference, is the latest fruit of a technology alliance to help developers more easily integrate SAP and non-SAP applications to automate business processes and benefit their customers.
Here’s what’s new:
- Open Connectors have been embedded within SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Data Hub and Data Intelligence, as well as SAP Marketing Cloud. These embedded solutions allow users of those apps, even if they are non-technical, to configure integrations directly from the applications’ UI. For example, an SAP Analytics Cloud user may now import their files from Amazon S3 in a few clicks.
- Approximately 200 Connectors are now available to SAP customers – “an important confirmation of the important work we’re doing with SAP to resolve the increasing integration challenges facing CIOs, CDOs, heads of IT and application managers,” said Mark Geene, the founder and CEO of Cloud Elements. “Now they can rest easier knowing these apps can be integrated easily with the SAP core via Open Connectors.”
- Customers and SAP partners can use Open Connectors builders to create first class connectors that dramatically extend their catalog of applications.
- Cloud Elements also announced their product, Conductor, a point-and-click integration builder that lets both developers and non-developers easily create ad-hoc integrations to automate everyday processes. Conductor is a breakthrough product that allows non-technical users – commonly referred to as citizen integrators – to build integrations among the applications being leveraged inside and outside of their business units.
- Bacardi, which is including Open Connectors within its digital integration strategy, is presenting at TechEd Barcelona. If you’ll be at the event and are curious how Open Connectors can help you connect SAP and non-SAP ecosystems together, this session is a can’t-miss. Search “Bacardi Digital Integration HUB: Hybrid Integration Use Case” (Session ID INT-209) in your agenda builder and sign up before it’s full.
With SAP Cloud Platform Open Connectors, developers can deploy pre-built connectors that simplify the connectivity and seamless integration with non-SAP cloud applications. The delivery of improved functionality means that SAP Cloud Platform customers will be able to leverage Open Connectors directly, as well as via the aforementioned Embedded Integrations and adaptors within CPI and APIM, to dramatically simplify their integration and data management/aggregation/analytics objectives.
The delivery of this improved functionality comes at a particularly important juncture in the development of the cloud business economy – as SaaS applications serving a multitude of niche capabilities are being adopted at an incredible pace by business units around the world. The average enterprise now deploys more than 1,500 cloud services to get their work done – running more than 1,000 SaaS applications. With Open Connector Builder, any application with an API may be connected in the same way, saving developers from the nuances found in integrating with native APIs.
Fruits of Cloud Elements-SAP Partnership
The expanding Cloud Elements-SAP partnership means new integration capabilities within the SAP Cloud Platform, and also available within several SAP applications directly. Users of SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Data Hub and SAP Data Intelligence may now import data from a wealth of non-SAP sources, with no developer or IT support needed to do so. Further, SAP Marketing Cloud delivered a Gotowebinar integration in August and has a roadmap of future integrations they’re looking to deliver via Open Connectors – making it easier than ever for marketing departments to share data between SAP Marketing Cloud and the rest of apps they’re using in their stack.
Since the companies teamed up, they have been laying the foundation to make Enterprise Application Integration and the process of getting data to HANA from peripheral data sources easier than ever before. Whether data needs to be brought in for analytics purposes, to be aggregated and massaged with Data Hub, or to simply be stored within HANA for multiple uses, it can now be harnessed with Open Connectors if it lives in a SaaS application.
More use cases are uncovered daily, and there are now SAP customers in the pharmaceutical, retail, technology, security, and food and beverage industries who are relying on Open Connectors’ to execute heterogenous application/data strategies and integrating third-party enterprise applications into their plans – including major brands such as Bacardi, whose TechEd session is noted above.
About Cloud Elements
Cloud Elements brings harmony to the world of APIs, allowing software providers to innovate faster and plug into digital ecosystems. The company’s one-to-many virtualized API integration platform enables developers to unify thousands of APIs, build common data models for core business functions, and reduce the pain, cost, and complexity of integration. Founded in 2012, Cloud Elements has headquarters in Denver, Colorado, and serves customers worldwide. More information can be found at www.cloud-elements.com.