No-Fuss SAP Integrations with Int4

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⇨ SAP customers want to be reassured that their integrations will go off without any issues.

⇨ However, many SAP users begin their integrations without testing.

⇨ Performance testing is key for added confidence before integrations take place.

SAP customers want to be reassured that their integrations will go off without any issues. However, many SAP users begin their integrations without testing. Performance testing is key for added confidence before integrations take place.

Take SIKA, for example, a specialty chemicals company that recently conducted performance testing for SAP Process Orchestration (PO) updates thanks to Int4, a Switzerland-based company that designs and delivers enterprise integration solutions for SAP software.

SIKA was looking to switch its SAP PO 7.5 to the SP26 upgrade and update its SAP BTP Integration Suite.

SAP Process Orchestration software supports custom process applications and integration scenarios and is the process orchestration layer of SAP’s BTP, helping users to improve process efficiencies and respond to changing demands.

Many critical processes run through these integrations for the SIKA companies around the world, meaning thorough testing was a necessity. SIKA also wanted to to remove the burden of testing from its business colleagues.

The testing process was split into three phases – performance testing, manual testing of all technical components used in SIKA’s landscape and automatic testing of message mappings.

The Int4 Suite enabled SIKA to do a load of messages in its test systems before the upgrade to have a baseline. This was repeated after the upgrade in order to compare both results.

Manual testing was done on all of its technical components including communication protocols, java mappings, xslt, cloud integration content and more. The integration team tested all the different combinations at least once in each of SIKA’s test environments.

In order to cover as many interfaces as possible in a short period of time without involving hundreds of users and developers to validate the results, SIKA leveraged the Int4 test tool.
We provided a test report summary for each of our regional business teams with the interfaces tested and they could access to review each message in detail.

One week after the upgrade, SIKA processed 3 million messages flawlessly across more than 3000 interfaces.

Javier García, EDI Stream Lead, SIKA, said: “We provided a test report summary for each of our regional business teams with the interfaces tested which they could access to review each message in detail. Of course, we found differences, most of them due to running changes, but also we realized that some encoding issues we were having had been solved after the upgrade. This project is only the beginning of our collaboration with Int4.”

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