Intelligent Supply Chain Management with SAP Cloud Platform

  • by Shruti Hansoge Ramesh, Development Manager, SAP Labs India
  • Aby Jose, Development Expert, SAP Labs India
  • Dipak Agarwal, Senior Developer, SAP Labs India
  • Mukesh Otwani, Quality Analyst, SAP Labs India
  • December 30, 2017
Learn how to optimize your supply chain management process using cloud services from SAP Cloud Platform. The scenario used in this article identifies the inconsistent data readings at run time and forecasts failures. It also describes how SAP Cloud Platform proactively generates a purchase order if required. With the help of SAP Cloud Platform, you can keep your business running smoothly by avoiding possible downtime.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will learn:

  • To demonstrate the optimized execution of a SCM process with the help of SAP Cloud Platform services
  • A high-level explanation of the various services in the SAP Cloud Platform Integration catalog of services
  • The integration of cloud services with the help of a business scenario
  • A high-level explanation of features such as modelling of Integration Flow, modelling of Workflow, and development of the Rule Service
Key Concept

SAP Cloud Platform is a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering for digital transformation. It includes application development services and capabilities that enable businesses to collect, manage, analyze, and leverage information of all types; to extend and connect to business systems; and to innovate new scenarios to allow businesses to continuously adapt and advance. It enables users to achieve business agility, create an integrated and optimized enterprise, and accelerate digital transformation – all without maintaining or investing in an on-premises infrastructure.

In the digital world, customer satisfaction is a goal of an optimized supply chain. We use a business case to demonstrate how a supply chain process can be optimized with the effective consumption of various cloud services in the SAP Cloud Platform. We describe the creation of a purchase order on the fly depending on the health of compressors.

In our scenario devices based on the Internet of Things (IoT) read temperature data, forecast future failures, and generate a purchase order without manual intervention. This helps to avoid possible downtime in the future. This means that the waiting time for the customer is reduced significantly and no inconvenience is caused. You can find the technical details of the scenario in the “Technical Scenario” section of this document. We walk you through the following steps:

  1. Data acquisition using SAP Cloud Platform Internet of Things service
  2. Configuration for SAP Cloud Platform Integration to pull data from the back-end system
  3. SAP Cloud Platform Workflow
  4. SAP Cloud Platform Business Rules
  5. The Integration Service for Mail Notification

The end-to-end scenario demonstrates the use of SAP Cloud Platform Integration service, SAP Cloud Platform Workflow, and SAP Cloud Platform Business Rules in routing decisions for triggering business processes in systems based on IoT data. We also explain the high-level features and possible integration of various cloud services.

Note
We assume readers have intermediate knowledge about the supply chain process and about the SAP Cloud Platform catalog of services. In the services section of the SAP Cloud Platform cockpit, you can find the catalog of various services grouped under different categories like Analytics, Business services, Collaboration, Data & Storage, DevOps, Integration, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Mobile, Security & User Experience. To realize this scenario in the SAP Cloud Platform, you need to subscribe to the SAP Cloud Platform Internet of Things, SAP Cloud Platform Integration, SAP Cloud Platform Workflow, and SAP Cloud Platform Business Rules.

We show how the SAP Cloud Platform Integration and SAP Cloud Platform Internet of Things can be used to meet the requirements of the business scenario that we describe.

The SAP Cloud Platform Integration Catalog includes offerings such as SAP Cloud Platform API Management service, SAP Cloud Platform Business Rules, SAP Cloud Platform Integration, SAP Cloud Platform Connectivity service, the destination functionality in SAP Cloud Platform cockpit, SAP Enterprise Messaging, SAP Cloud Platform OData Provisioning, RabbitMQ on SAP Cloud Platform, SAP API Business Hub, and SAP Cloud Platform Workflow. The focus of the above services is to build integrated business processes.

Whereas SAP Cloud Platform Connectivity makes it easy for organizations to connect on-premise and cloud-based systems, SAP Cloud Platform API Management helps organizations to monetize their APIs. SAP Cloud Platform API Management is an open extension platform that simplifies integration with SAP and non-SAP solutions. It helps to add policies to the APIs to customize its behavior. The policies range from Traffic Management policies, Mediation policies, Security policies and Custom Policies. SAP Cloud Platform Integration helps to integrate business processes, and SAP Cloud Platform Workflow and SAP Cloud Platform Business Rules help to automate the end-to-end process.

SAP Cloud Platform Internet of Things is a different catalog under the SAP Cloud Platform offering that offers the ease of connecting to devices, acquiring the data, and building the application on it.

Shruti Hansoge Ramesh

Shruti Hansoge Ramesh is a development manager at SAP Labs India. She has 15 years of work experience in the software industry with a comprehensive knowledge on projects, supply chain management and integration solutions offered by SAP. She has been responsible for designing the quality strategy for testing various solutions such as SAP ByD SCM and SAP NW Process Orchestration.

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Aby Jose

Aby Jose is a development expert at SAP Labs India. He has more than 10 years of SAP system experience with good knowledge in the SAP Cloud Platform landscape with a special focus on the integration catalog of services in the SAP Cloud Platform. Aby is also an SAP certified Process Integration associate with a good understanding of the integration topics.

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Dipak Agarwal

Dipak Agarwal is a senior developer at SAP Labs India. He has more than three years of experience in SAP software (overall six years) and has worked on cloud platform services such as SAP Cloud Platform Integration and SAP WEBIDE (both on premise and cloud). He has been involved in building applications for test and monitoring purposes.

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Mukesh Otwani

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