SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer (SAP EA Designer) lets you capture, analyze, and present your organization's landscapes, strategies, requirements, processes, data, and other artifacts in a sharedenvironment. Using industry-standard notations and techniques, organizations can leverage rich metadata and use models and diagrams to drive understanding and promote shared outcomes in creating innovative systems, information sets, and processes to support goals and capabilities.
SAP EA Designer supports consuming your content through:
• Browsing diagrams and model objects online.
• Exporting diagrams as SVG images or printing them.
• Generating reports on your diagrams and model objects.
• Running an impact analysis.
• Posting comments to diagrams and model objects.
Recent technology changes have developed a strong inclination towards migrating to cloud solutions. SAP HANA Cloud Integration falls under PaaS - Platform as a Service provided by SAP for customers to integrate their processes and data between on-premise and cloud. SAP HANA Cloud Integration is a cloud-based platform that capacitates the integration of business processes and data. It serves as a middleware with secure connection between the source and target systems. Business Process and data integration can be accelerated using the available On Demand solutions for C4C, SAP Ariba, SAP Success Factors to name a few.
SAP HCI being a cloud platform, nitty gritty pertaining to conventional on-premise platforms like hardware requirements, installations or maintenance is not required. Each customer connected to SAP HCI is assigned a dedicated tenant with dedicated memory and resources. SAP HCI offers pay-as-you-go subscription for customers.
SAP HCI provides web user interface for design, configuration, monitoring of data integration and process integration flows. The entire communication, security and encryption handling is maintained by SAP in SAP HCI. SAP HCI offers further capabilities such as open API's for self-services, hybrid deployment options, additional certifications and integration with SAP Solution Manager. SAP HCI has been focusing on multi tenancy, data isolation, horizontal scalability, automated failover and rolling software updates.
SAP HCI - PI
SAP HANA Cloud Integration- Process Integration focuses of integration business processes within the organization that are in cloud and on-premise. SAP HCI offers packaged solutions that are readily available which makes it easier to integrate the business processes .The standard integrated packages can also be copied and customized based on the customer needs.
SAP HANA Cloud Integration- Data Services is an ETL [extract, transform, load] load for data migration across cloud and on-premise systems through secure access. Data never persists in SAP HCI but piped over secure channel from source to target. SAP HCI-DS is delivered with pre-packaged content available for target applications like Sales and Operations Planning[S&OP].
The Internet of things (stylized Internet of Things or IoT) is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as "connected devices" and "smart devices"), buildings, and other items which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data. In 2013 the Global Standards Initiative on Internet of Things (IoT-GSI) defined the IoT as "the infrastructure of the information society. The IoT allows objects to be sensed and/or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit in addition to reduced human intervention. When IoT is augmented with sensors and actuators, the technology becomes an instance of the more general class of cyber-physical systems, which also encompasses technologies such as smart grids, smart homes, intelligent transportation and smart cities. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing internet infrastructure. Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020.
SAP offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). This in-memory IoT platform can help quickly develop, deploy, and manage real-time IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. The IOT platform can be used to automate processes at the core and connect to almost anything at the edge of an enterprises’ network.
The transforming qualities of IoT related to business models and process is so important that it will be one of the biggest growth factors for companies in the coming years. Countless studies and different figures predicting its impact on the economy and market growth back up the expectations SAP has set up together with the Boston Consulting Group. SAP believes that the IoT market will grow to a value of several hundred billion within just a few years. From an economic point of view, this serves as enough justification for the $2.2 Billion investment SAP has planned for the Internet of Things.
Areas that would benefit the most from IOT
The greatest impact of IOT will be seen in Manufacturing and Logistics. Being able to pinpoint the location, condition, and characteristics of any product, machine, and means of transport at any given point in time will radically change business processes. There will be a “digital twin” to every physical product, which replicates the life cycle of the actual product in digital form and constantly updates the product status, allowing us to draw conclusions on its usage in real time. This is very important for quality assurance, as defects can be detected much earlier than they are now. This also allows developers to rectify reoccurring defects and manufacturers to simplify and accelerate their processes.
Predictive maintenance has already become so common that it is considered the norm in today’s manufacturing scenarios. In the future, systems will be able to “learn” without human input through machine learning. The accumulated information is transferred to an asset management system that collects the lifecycle data of the machines and devices in a network. These developments will change business models to the core. Today, customers already pay according to how many flight hours an engine runs (“Power by the hour”) and companies produce customized products (“Manufacturing as a Service”). They offer services in place of machines. In Logistics, keeping track of the products (“Track & Trace) is rapidly gaining importance, while RFID chips are used more and more in production, factory, and transportation. The transportation chain is also becoming more transparent.
Autonomous systems such as robotics are taking over new tasks and interacting directly with business systems in storage, logistics, and production. The IoT and autonomous systems can relieve and support the human task force significantly.
SAP takes a deep dive into the Internet of Things with these three powerful offerings, namely,
SAP Hybris for Customer Experience (CX)
SAP Hybris for Customer Experience (CX) provides completely new web content management (WCMS) experience for the users. The SmartEdit tool, a new light weight application built in Angular JS, is implemented on top of the existing CMS and provides a wrapper around the online responsive e-commerce storefront to provide features such asIn-context editing, drag-and-drop to add and move components around the page, allows toupdate and preview the website in the context of the end consumer across various inflection points.
Promotion Engine& Rule Engine
Promotion Engine provides advanced engine for managing marketing campaigns and promotions. Powered by the new Rule Engine that is part of the Hybris Commerce Suite 6.0. Promotion Engine allows business users to manage complex promotions with dynamic and flexible rules using the Rule Builder, an intuitive business tool based on Backoffice Administration Cockpit. The new Promotion Engine is a replacement for the Legacy SAP Hybris Promotion Module and offers many new features and architectural improvements.
Rule Engine which running on top of the SAP Hybris Commerce platform simplifies complex decision making logic into user-defined business rules and is shipped with ready-to-use commerce business objects such as product, cart, customer, and so on. Rule Engine uses Drools as the core Business Rule Management System.
Advancement in Customer Support
Customer Support for omni-channel commerce addsability to service B2C and B2B customers in all channels. With the Backoffice Customer Support Cockpit a Customer Support Agent can manage orders, tickets and customers' accounts in an efficient way while allowing the Customer Support Agent to see what the customer sees on the Accelerator storefront using the Assisted Service Module. Itsaves implementation time by exposing all new storefront features to a Customer Support Agent without needing to implement these features directly in a call center cockpit.
Order Management for SAP Hybris Commerce is the bridge from your frontend commerce system to your back end. Distributed Order Management for Omni-Channel, Order Orchestration and Order Lifecycle Management are the three pillars of Order Management. Hybris commerce 6.0 highlights for Order Management include enhancements to Returns, Cancellation and Declines functionality, Backoffice Cockpits and SAP Backend integrations.
B2B Responsive Storefront Templates
6.0 DeliversB2B Commerce Accelerator sample storefront with improved and modern support for mobile as well as true multi-device support. Previous release provided a fully responsive B2C Accelerator, to simplify the creation of mobile optimized sites. Now both Accelerators B2B and B2C deliver the responsive feature. With 6.0 both B2B and B2C are running in a single Accelerator by made use of the development that was done within the B2C Accelerator.
SAP Hybris Merchandising
SAP deeply integrated SAP Hybris Commerce 6.0 with other components in the SAP CEC suite, e.g., SAP Hybris Marketing. SAP Hybris merchandising leverages the performance of SeeWhy and optimizes product merchandising on the storefront.
The merchandising solution consists of four key components:
SAP Hybris Commerce B2B: Enhanced Features and Capabilities
A new web design accelerator storefront for B2C and B2B, in SAP Hybris Commerce 6.0, leverages the SAP Hybris add-on concept to mix B2C and B2B features into a single storefront.
Additional B2B features slated for release as the SAP Hybris 6.x roadmap continues to roll out in Q3 and Q4 of this year are:
· Configurable products and bundles
· Enhanced data model that maps your sales team to the B2B customer organization already modeled in SAP Hybris
· Saved carts and saved quotes
· Enhanced support for back-office quoting, including quote templates
SAP Hybris Commerce Data Hub
The SAP Hybris Commerce Data Hub which has clearly become the nucleus of the integration strategy in SAP Hybris 6.0, is at the center of a number of new features, including:
· Hybris-to-Hybris sync, which lets you synchronize data between separate SAP Hybris environments
· Integration to Hybris as a Service (YaaS)
· Enhanced integrations to ECC, Marketing, C4C, CPQ, and other components of the CEC portfolio
The key enhancements which will be included in the DATA Hub of SAP Hybris 6.0 are:
· In-memory processing
· Increased concurrency
· Single node with failover
· Automated resume on restart
Additional enhanced features, such as high scalability, clustering, and elasticity, are on the road map for SAP Hybris 6.1 and beyond.
SAP Hybris as a Service (YaaS)
What is SAP Hybris as a Service? In the words of SAP Hybris’s Chief Strategy Officer Brian Walker,
“A public cloud platform that allows everyone to easily develop, extend, and sell packages and applications.”
YaaS is a language-agnostic cloud platform that allows developers to create, package, and market microservices and mashup applications. Business users can consume these services via integration to their on-premise SAP Hybris Commerce implementation or directly by subscribing for the same. The YaaS marketplace today offers 19 microservices developed by SAP Hybris, with more on the way from the software giant and its partners.
SAP Hybris 6.0 includes an easy-to-configure mechanism that integrates SAP Hybris Commerce with YaaSmicroservices as well as other YaaS solutions such as SAP Hybris Profile, an intriguing new cloud service that captures customer interactions and behaviors from the storefront and builds real-time customer profiles that drive personalized marketing on the storefront.
What is the SAP Hybris 6.0 Release Schedule for 2016?
Q2: SAP Hybris 6.0 release
Q3: Version 6.1 planned for release
Q4: Version 6.2 planned for release
Later versions will include significant, new functionalities as well as enhancements to features that debuted in the SAP Hybris 6.0 release.
What does upgrading to SAP Hybris 6.0 involve?
The general ideas about migration requirements, based on past experience are as follows:
· The upgrade effort partly depends on what version of SAP Hybris you’re currently running
· The platform-level upgrade is mostly straightforward but will require some code changes because of changes to SAP Hybris’s APIs
· The storefront upgrade effort depends on whether you want to incorporate new SAP Hybris features into your existing storefront and how much customization you want
A couple of storefront-related items we have identified for Version 6 upgrades:
· If you want to add support for the new SmartEdit features in your existing storefront, you’ll need to update each JSP to add new attributes in the markup for the CMS components
· If you have developed custom CMS components, you might need to update the code in order to integrate them with SmartEdit
· If you’ve created custom promotions, you’ll have to re-implement them to get them working with the new promotions engine