SAP SuccessFactors uses a wide range of middleware integration tools to connect its SAP on premise applications and cloud solutions. Middleware integration tools in SuccessFactors provide runtime services for communications, integration applications and monitoring. Integration tools make application development easily accessible and user-friendly.
Selecting the right integration tool in SuccessFactors can be a challenging task as it can be a determining factor for the competitiveness and adaptability of a business. SuccessFactors uses a variety of integration tools such as HANA Cloud Integration (HCI), SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (PI) and Dell Boomi to name a few, and it’s important to understand the different functionalities of HANA Cloud Integration (HCI) and Dell Boomi.
Hana Cloud Integration
HANA Cloud Integration (HCI) is a full-featured web services SAP framework. It was built using open source technologies and has a design and run time environment. Its web user interface allows it to navigate and view the running integration flow while at the same time change certain adaptor properties that need reconfigurations. HANA Cloud Integration attempts to solve the complexity of expansions, consolidations and integrations for SAP SuccessFactors.
Dell Boomi is a business integration tool that was acquired by Dell in 2010. Unlike other integrations tools, Boomi connects cloud and on-premise applications by allowing users to create cloud-based integration processes called Atoms. Atoms are the runtime engines of Dell Boomi as they contain all the necessary components needed to run a process from end to end. Inside these Atoms are the different shapes such as the error handling, maps, branches, connectors and other shapes that make up the running sequence in a Dell Boomi AtomSphere environment.
Integration/ Process Flow
In HANA Cloud Integration, an integration flow is created by acquiring a package and then filling out the sender and receiver adapter types. After creating the integration, the sender and receiver adapter types are manually connected to the start and end button. This basically outlines the rudimentary process of a HANA Cloud integration flow.
Fig. 1- Hana Cloud Integration Flow
In Dell Boomi, a document flow is created by aligning a series of steps, represented by shapes that guide how the process retrieves, manipulates, and sends the data from start to finish. In the image below, the different shapes help analyze the data from one stop to another. In each stop, each shape has its own respective task and based on its role it processes the data and sends it to the next destination. The integration flow will proceed until all the shapes and components are executed and will end once it reaches the “Stop” shape.
Fig. 2- Dell Boomi Document Flow
Mappings in HANA
Cloud Integration are generally used in the mapping editor to distinctly assign fields of different formats to one another. The mapping in Hana Cloud Integration is performed by connecting data from the desired input to the target section and by manipulating the data using the different available functions. Hana Cloud Integration also uses direct manual mapping and adds different source mapping fields to the mapping expressions. Once the map is set up and configured, it can be saved and deployed.
Fig. 3- HANA Mapping Fields
Mappings and Boomi Suggest
Like HANA Cloud Integration, Dell Boomi also maps its elements from source to the destination profile by using direct mapping. In addition, the Boomi Suggest feature automatically maps elements by providing mapping suggestions based on thousands of mappings logged by the Dell Boomi community. This feature is enabled per account in the set-up page, which is located at the account information tab.
Fig. 4- Mapping Suggestions Through Boomi Suggest
Fig. 5- Suggestions Based on the Intelligence of the Boomi Community
Despite the various similarities and differences, both SuccessFactors middleware technologies serve as crucial tools in managing memory, data and processes. Integrating systems in SuccessFactors saves a great deal of effort, time and money. It also increases the efficiency of a business since data will be assembled into a single system and not scattered in different systems. In addition, HANA Cloud Integration comes prepackaged with a purchase of SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central license and the packages are automatically updated on the SuccessFactors Employee Central release dates. Personally, I recommend HANA Cloud Integration because its process flow is open, and you can view the data processes step by step. This helps the user get a clear view of the process flow and you can easily fix the errors and other malfunctions.