SAP Access: Enabling Mobile Apps to Consume Services from an ERP Backend

In this video (7:15) we examine a simple use case and demonstrate how to use the Apigee Platform to expose a standard SAP backend and convert a JSON request into a SOAP SAP back-end request.

You will see that in a matter of minutes, with no coding and taking advantage of capabilities like XSLT, you can make it possible for mobile apps to consume services from an ERP backend system.

SAP provides a few options for exposure of services including:

  • Using a mediated SAP PI/XI integration server
  • Using a web service where the web service client accesses APIs that have been exposed
  • Exposing a single SOAP service that you can consume via a web service or an app

In this demo we show how, in the third scenario above, Apigee enables multiple devices to consume and convert SOAP XML responses to RESTful JSON, which is lightweight for mobile device consumption.