Any new technologies that are introduced in business environments invariably have one goal and that is to make existing systems simpler and easier to operate so that efficiencies and performances can be increased. One of the latest innovations that have currently made a huge impact is SAP HANA smart data integration in the area of data management.
The benefits of this tool can be better understood through a comparison of past systems and how SAP data integration has changed things for the better.
Even a few years back, loading a flat-file into HANA meant going through a lengthy process. An ETL tool had to be installed to transform and replicate data and then load it from the source to the target system. For real-time functionalities, an additional SLT/SRS was required. When replicating data to the source was not required an SDA was needed for virtual tables. In total, in the past, 3 different tools with their connectors had to be installed for one task.
The present scenario with SAP smart data integration (SDI) is very different. SDI acts as a bridge between the source and HANA, reading source type data and transforming it into HANA type data value. Hence, it does away with all the 3 tools that were required previously. SDI batch loads and/or replicates changes in data from the source in real-time to the SAP HANA tables, thereby providing instant visibility of modified conditions in either at source or target SAP HANA.
All these attributes of SDI make this the preferred tool for all businesses across industries. Data is replicated in real-time with SDI from any source to HANA. Any changes are immediately visible when pulled on-demand to execute any query since they are automatically pushed to SAP HANA.
Here are some of the critical features and functionalities of SAP HANA SDI:
Setup and Configuration:
Installing and configuring the SDI tool is a simple process. The primary SAP SDI Agent has to be installed first and the SFDC adapter has to be deployed over it. This adapter acts as a link between the source and HANA. It is hosted on S/HANA data provisioning agent and helps to read source data and transform the values into HANA data type value.
The communication method is dynamically adjusted:
The “Maximum Expected Number of Record” parameter is automatically switched between source APIs by the adapter. When the volume of records in source data is equal or less than the value of the maximum expected records parameter, SOAP API is normally used. In all other cases, BULK API is applied.
Batch and real-time data transformation:
SAP smart data integration can integrate and clean the data present in it. SAP HANA Web-based Development Workbench is provided by SAP HANA SDI. The Workbench creates flow graphs for data transformation, allowing ETL based batch and real-time data flows. Aggregating, filtering, and joining are some of the other options available for data transformation in SDI.
Change Data Capture (CDC):
A lot of time will be wasted if the entire source data has to be replicated to the target every day. It will take the focus away from core activities in an organization. The advantage of the CDC is that it continually monitors changed data and transfers the changes across source and target. Updated data is available at all times, leading to an increase in business efficiencies.
One UI for all functions:
The SAP HANA Web-based Development Workbench provided on SAP HANA SDI helps in developing entire applications in a web browser without additional installation of any development tools. The intuitive UI makes for easy development through simplified functionalities.
Authentication at the source:
The SFDC Adapter for SAP smart data integration supports basic authentication processes. Username, Password, or Security Token only has to be provided in a remote source configuration for authenticating access to the source system.
Summing up, SAP smart data integration provides businesses with cutting-edge opportunities to boost performance through optimized data management.