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SAP and Informatica have a relationship spanning more than 10 years, starting with the initial release of BW and expanding to encompass all SAP modules. SAP and Informatica have committed to continue supporting our common customer base. With SAP becoming more central to the enterprise, connectivity to SAP has become critical. Informatica has enhanced its technology regarding SAP to span data profiling, data quality, access of semi-structured and unstructured data, and data transformation.
CRM.• • • • Informatica has been an SAP partner since 1998 with certified connectors for SAP R/3. Master Relationship Agreement (MRA) signed in 2005 for global cooperation for services projects related to data migration SAP Conversion Agent by Informatica resold by SAP for complex data exchange with SAP XI (Industry formats and unstructured data) Certified connectivity: http://www. ECC.com/ecosystem/customers/directories/SoftwareISVSolutions. Industry Solutions.sap. point of entry data quality.epx?context =21B87D61C0F646A22B2A6DB254A010CA8C9C141B7529F029910FE6FF9EEEC5A7 01BF20EED61AC07159D98BAA068EBE1B8C5C7665EA2226374E942CF1D2A49D202 711A97F135182CC%7cC61C8714634CB70DC763A0A3D8A00FFA 2 . and Netweaver BI.
and business analysts require access to specific information regarding the SAP data environment: • • • • ‘Where-used’ and data lineage for data stewards. Default value. earning Informatica a Powered By Netweaver certification. Data architects. data integration designers and developers. 3 . Design windows that mimic SAP look and feel but expose metadata content and context for the data integration developer and architect. conflict resolution.Much of the requirements of data integration with SAP are increasingly carried out by people outside of direct involvement with SAP working with Basis and security administrators. Access to Informatica APIs for accessing Informatica data integration services. and profile reports and dashboards for business analysts. architects. To facilitate the enhanced productivity of the developers responsible for finding and leveraging SAP data and connectivity methods. and auditors. Informatica continues to focus on accessing SAP metadata for use-case-specific activities.
Selected Use Cases Data Warehousing Data warehousing remains. Data accessed from Netweaver BI can often also be accessed from Business Content on ECC directly. and Informatica Data Quality processes as just another data source. SAP data feeds into PowerCenter. All data integration initiatives must be designed to acquire. data lineage and where-used studies. From an SAP perspective. and a set of options regarding data access. For example. Informatica Data Explorer. Informatica has evolved its data access offerings for SAP in a manner that encourages metadata browsing. transform. from a data perspective. it must work with MDM implementations and coordinate with enterprise mandates on setting a data governance process in motion. and deliver data using multiple processing and delivery mechanisms with varying latency settings. PowerCenter mappings are created independently from the implementation. data warehousing increasingly must accommodate its feeds with those of other data integration implementations. for example. taking advantage of the full range of Informatica data integration capabilities. an SAP data source or target is specified separately from the release or location of the actual SAP system. making it possible to apply the logic against multiple implementations without rework. as an activity that sets the pace for data transformation and data access. From a data access perspective. 5 .
Customizations that were necessary in the legacy system may no longer be required in the new.40 Basis Kernel has provided a challenge for many SAP customers. But how will the data be cataloged? How fit-for-purpose is the existing data? Informatica provides an open methodology. but converting legacy SAP data to the new platform is a daunting task. Services expertise and technology-based assets provide a jump-start capability to customers looking to reduce the risk exposure that is often largely unquantified due to lack of knowledge about the gap between legacy data stores and the new data requirements. data quality. Upgrade and Synchronization The release of ECC on the new 6.Data profiling of SAP data is rendered through the PowerExchange for Netweaver. and extensive technology platform to enable customers migrating from SAP or non-SAP legacy systems to the new ECC environment to assess project risks based on data readiness. orchestration and data integration technologies. 6 . Informatica Professional Services developed the Velocity Migration Methodology and has made it available to Informatica customers and partners. This open methodology includes substantial data migration assets based on Informatica profiling. SAP provides a rich set of capabilities with this new release. Data quality plans are also supplied and can be either imbedded within PowerCenter workflows or run separately using the same plan. subject matter expertise. Data Migration.
IT and the business stakeholders obtain a common understanding of the conversion process and data points on its status. Informatica provides the missing pieces in terms of completing the linage and where-used puzzle.Data migration loads into SAP via the Data Transfer Workbench can be easily substituted with IDocs or BAPIs with minor changes to PowerCenter workflows and mappings. 7 . Use of LSMW or ADM can be focused on data loading instead of data transformation and data access. Auditors can easily obtain information about the process from start to end at any point in time. not just in the present but over time. Combined with data quality score-carding and operational statistics.
and audit trail − Migration dashboard Data Quality certification process.• • • • • • Proven Experience and Open Methodology Technology platform − seamless data access to complex sources and targets − Accelerate iterative discovery. Leveragability of assets after the engagement. Alignment with integration standards & technologies. MDM and Data Governance 8 . design & development process − Ensure proper data validation. documentation. Migration Assessment and Jump Start capabilities.
application-layer tables. a subset aimed at getting the necessary information from the desired module. the remote function call or RFC. While SAPgui provides access to SAP objects. The OpenSQL ABAP program includes additional optional metadata such as join 9 . Business Content. ALE. Informatica functions collect and display. which is generated to conform with the data required by the PowerCenter mapping. • Configuration for automatic program name generation – name space and starting number When accessing data from application-layer tables or hierarchies. data is extracted via SAP-certified OpenSQL.Connectivity Characteristics • Set of ABAP/4 programs installed in SAP system PowerCenter accesses SAP through its native interface. This allows access to the SAP application layer and provides the primary method to call SAP functions and methods for accessing metadata and data objects. • Provides optimized way to import SAP metadata into Informatica repository PowerCenter objects placed on the SAP module of choice provides a data integration focus for viewing and accessing SAP metadata. functions and hierarchies. whether it is the Data Transfer Workbench. or any RFC-enabled function. using a similar look and feel. This generated ABAP is managed within the development class established and a link between this program and the PowerCenter mapping is maintained in the PowerCenter Metadata Repository.
and any additional desired ABAP code blocks. To accommodate SAP security and connection settings. PowerCenter is certified as powered by NetWeaver. proper authorization is checked and RFC connections are typically configured to time-out after a set period of time. This inclusion renders most code customization unnecessary. including foreground and background dialog connections. direct streaming of data into PowerCenter.order and type. This certification also extends to a SOA Compatibility across multiple SAP versions • • Read data from SAP at the application layer using ABAP. These can include any relevant filter parameter. SAP provides OpenHub services to allow for bidirectional communication between Informatica and SAP Process Chains. ALE-IDOC or BCI support • BAPI method – PowerCenter calls the specified SAP BAPI and uses that function as the source in a mapping • ALE-IDOC method – PowerCenter receives an IDOC from SAP and processes in a real-time manner 10 . This allows both PowerCenter operational administrators and Basis administrators to establish the best method for data extraction that minimizes and impact on SAP. authorization calls. • Job scheduling and status tracking • Foreground and background mode Access to SAP data requires a sense of timing. BAPI. and staging for later access. Informatica provides multiple ways to access communication-user extractions. meaning that either SAP or PowerCenter can initiate PowerCenter workflows. filename. • Support for run-time functionalities • Pass mapping variables. filters Variables and filters can be derived within PowerCenter or in another environment and passed by PowerCenter at runtime. Also. function calls. Since security is paramount with SAP.
• BCI method – PowerCenter leverages ALE/IDOC technology to integrate with SAP Business Content Extractors 11 .
join and filter from any table in SAP catalog. Bi-directional • Reads from the SAP Application Layer • Writes into the SAP Application Layer Real-time support • ALE/ IDOC enabled for both read and write Business Content Integration (BCI) • Leverage SAP’s Business Content extractors to load non-BW targets 12 . No further treatment of the data is necessary on the SAP side.• ABAP method – PowerCenter generates ABAP to project. and the IDOC is posted to SAP • DMI method – PowerCenter targets data to a Data Migration Interface formatted file. SAP’s Data Migration Workbench is then used to import the file. • • • • Post data into SAP at the application layer using BAPI. ALE-IDOC or DMI support • BAPI method – PowerCenter calls the appropriate SAP post function BAPI and uses that function as the target in a mapping • ALE-IDOC method – PowerCenter targets data into the IDOC.
• Data Migration Interface support (DMI) • Improve productivity of Legacy System Migration Workbench by eliminating need for hand coded transformations 13 .
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