SAAPIX by Xeotek

The smart connection of SAP® software and Apache Kafka

Connect multiple sources to your SAP® software with pre-validation of semantic correctness, referential integrity, and full error handling and transparency of corrupt datasets.

Why Xeotek SAAPIX?

More than a simple Kafka to SAP adapter

Xeotek SAAPIX is our smart data integration solution for use with SAP® solutions and Apache Kafka. Xeotek SAAPIX meets the data quality requirements of enterprises and offers full transparency and control in case of corrupt or incomplete data sets.

Features:

  • Semantic validations of incoming data
  • Validation of referential integrity of correlating data sets
  • Support for time-based dependencies of sources and data sets
  • Easy handling and monitoring of corrupt data sets
  • Support for data transformation and staging
  • Customizable components
  • Scalable microservice architecture

We have designed Xeotek SAAPIX to help our customers focus on their business aspects when integrating data instead of solving technical problems.

Process diagram of SAAPIX data integration solution for SAP with Apache Kafka.

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Error handling and control

Stay on top of things when an error occurs.

Errors do happen. Xeotek SAAPIX validates data before loading it into the target system to make sure that no corrupt data sets enter your SAP® software. In case an erroneous data set is discovered, the data set with some additional hints is forwarded to a dedicated topic and can be further inspected. After correcting the data set, a new attempt to load the data can be made.

Xeotek SAAPIX integrates seamlessly with our Apache Kafka monitoring and development platform KaDeck. KaDeck offers an intuitive user interface, a visual representation of your connected sources and your data flow, and many more features to give your team full control over the data flow.

However, Xeotek SAAPIX also works without leveraging the capabilities of KaDeck.

Simple data flow diagram of SAAPIX, our data integration solution for SAP with Apache Kafka

The multipurpose Kafka to SAP adapter

Xeotek SAAPIX can be used to connect to SAP FPSL, Smart AFI, and many more.

Data integration in the context of SAP® solutions and Apache Kafka is complicated when multiple sources are involved. With Xeotek SAAPIX we have designed a solution that can be highly customized, making it the ideal solution for any Apache Kafka to SAP® software data integration scenario.

Xeotek SAAPIX can be used to connect to almost any SAP® software such as SAP® HANA and SAP® R/3.

Though writing custom semantic validation checks or data transformation components is easy, we also have some general components already available for SAP® FPSL, SAP® FSDP, and Smart AFI that can be customized to your needs.

Reach out to us for more information on our available integrations.

Need to connect to other systems as well?

We are working on further integrations. Don’t hesistate to contact us, if you need to integrate data from multiple sources via Apache Kafka to other systems as well.

Technical information

To support all kinds of different integration scenarios, we have designed Xeotek SAAPIX to be easily extendable through plugins and configurations.

Components

Xeotek SAAPIX consists of three parts:

  • a microservice with semantic validators and data mapping components as plugins
  • a function for the communication to the target system (for integrity checks and the actual data integration)
  • a database for configurations

Components of Xeotek SAAPIX

Customizable

Custom semantic validators and data transformation components can be loaded into SAAPIX as plugins. The database stores information about the source topics, the order of data, and much more. Therefore a Xeotek SAAPIX instance can be highly customized.

The consumption

You can configure the order of which data will be consumed. It is also possible to define a timer to skip a topic if no data has arrived after a certain amount of time. If a topic is skipped, a status message will be sent to the error topic.

The data validation and transformation

Data can be processed on a per-record basis or as batches. The latter can be referred to as a staging process. This enables one-to-many and many-to-many relations. We have developed an API to make it easy to write data validation and transformation components. If a validation or transformation was not successful, the data and the error message is sent to the error topic.

Referential integrity and data loading

Once the data consumption, semantic validation, and data transformation is finished, another function validates whether all required and referenced data are present in the target system. Only if the validation is successful, the data record is passed on the target system. This functionality is highly customizable and depends on the actual system you want to connect.
In case the required data is missing, the data is sent to the error topic for later inspection and reloading.

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