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SOA-based Integration and Connectivity Kits for Retail

SOA-based integration

Enterprise services from SAP allow for building and adapting business processes in a flexible, business driven, and intuitive way. Visit the Enterprise Services Workplace (ES Workplace) from SAP and explore the enterprise services available for Retail processes. Hosted by SAP, the ES Workplace provides a pre-configured, ready-to-use testing environment with the latest SAP Business Suite 7 solutions, where you can find, understand, test, and consume all enterprise services shipped by SAP today. The Business Process Platform in Retail delivers the basis for quick adoption and efficiency of industry-relevant and customer-specific business processes. 

Connectivity Kits for Retail

Connectivity kits support the integration of Retail customer IT systems and SAP ERP using enterprise services in the context of an end-to-end business scenario as pre-defined by the business process expert. Because the business scenario drives the approach to integration between customer IT systems and SAP products, connectivity kits are based on integration scenarios. For the integrations scenario mentioned below connectivity kits provide customers with all the necessary information to achieve end-to-end business scenario integration.

Connectivity kits are designed as complete 'How-To' guides with hyperlinks to depending task-oriented information needed to actually implement an integration scenario.

Each of the connectivity kits is structured as follow:

  • Introduction: Gives a draft integration scenario description and helps customers to find further information suitable for the enhancement package available in their system
  • Integration Overview: Structures the access to the main content pages of the connectivity kit
  • Integration Scenario: Describes high level the scenario supported. This page gives an overview on the main processes support by the integration scenario
  • Implementation Guide: Describes the prerequisites, the implementation steps needed to get the integration scenario run, as well as giving a guidance on testing and operating the scenario.
  • Integration Overview: Provides details on service choreographies, the service interface structure up to field and data type information.

The table below contains a list of the availalbe connectivity kits for integration scenarios.

Connectivity Kit


Connectivity Kit for Global Data Synchronization

The integration scenario, Global Data Synchronization (GDS), enables retailers to adopt and efficiently maintain high volumes of product master data from external data pools or from suppliers.

Connectivity Kit for External WMS Integration

This connectivity kis describes the integration scenario between the customers external warehouse systems and an SAP ERP system.

Connectivity Kit for In-Store Food Production

The integration scenario In-Store Food Production integration enables customers to combine the functionalities and strengths of In-Store Food Production systems and ERP systems.

Connectivity Kit for Planning to Shelf Optimization Integration

This connectivity kit describes the integration scenario between a planning solution (in this case SAP Merchandise and Assortment Planning, SAP MAP on BI) with external shelf / space optimization programs (SOP).

Connectivity Kit for Merchandise and Assortment Planning Integration

The Merchandise and Assortment Planning (MAP) connectivity kit will enhance the integration and execution processes between planning (SAP MAP) and execution in ERP.

Connectivity Kit for Point of Sale Integration

This connectivity kit provides you with a straightforward approach to the implementation and deployment of the integration scenario "POS Integration". It mainly describes how to integrate a foreign POS solution to SAP products. In the special of integrating a SAP enterprise POS to ERP products, it provides the according PI setup and interface mapping setup too. It serves retailer in-house application consultants, third-party application consultants, or both.

Further SOA-based Integration Use Cases and Enterprise Service Bundles for Retail

  • Price Optimization - For most retailers, determining how to price goods for maximum revenue can be a real challenge. This use case explains how retailers can create price strategies that support their business objectives by providing insight into price sensitivity, customer demand, business rules and cost structures.
  • Credit Check
    The goal of credit management is simple: to give a company the tools for determining whether or not to do business with a customer. This use case explains how retailers can determine and calculate the credit limit for a business partner automatically.
  • One-Time Product Update
    Many retailers are tired of the expense and time involved in maintaining, updating, and correcting the master data for its products. This use case explains how you can subscribe to product master data on a GDSN certified data pool and how you are able to maintain and update your Retail Master Data.

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