Baking an apple pie seems easy, you take some apples, sugar, flour, spices, butter and an egg, combine your ingredients in a bowl, mix them up and put the mixture in your oven. An hour later you’ve got your apple pie! 

But in real life, it doesn’t work that way. Just mixing up the ingredients makes a mess. A pie is layered and consists of different parts, all requiring different actions to make sure they fit the design. It needs a nice dough to make a crisp pie base, a nice firm filling that doesn’t go to soft when you bake it, and a golden-brown upper crust, that looks inviting and get’s your juices flowing. 

When you approach app development like baking a pie, it all starts to make sense. 

The pie base (iPaas) 

Everything starts at the bottom; in our case this is SAP Cloud Platform. The pie’s foundation needs to be stable and robust so we can build the other layers on top of it. On the other hand, we require the foundation to be flexible enough so we can sometimes deviate from the standard recipe and add new ingredients and customization.  

Using Rapid Application Development, we extend and differentiate the core functionalities on top of the SAP Cloud Platform foundation. For this we rely on Mendix as a RAD-platform. Mendix allows us to quickly develop, deploy and run applications that integrate seamlessly with the connected back-end systems on SAP Cloud Platform. Databases can be shared between multiple deployed custom applications, so there is no need for data integration or replication between apps within the same environment.  

Another benefit of deploying Mendix apps on SAP Cloud Platform is the availability of a very rich collection of APIs to build solid interfaces between back- and front-end. Both Mendix and SAP offer a broad collection of standard integration content that accelerate the development of integrated enterprise applications. For example: a custom enterprise application on top of SAP S/4 HANA can be developed in hours, using the Fiori UI template and SAP OData Connector in Mendix. If needed, API Management and Cloud Integration services can be added to the recipe very easy. 

The filling (data) 

Without filling, a pie is empty and would be an empty shell. To fill it up we need apples or in our case, data. An enterprise application is only useful when complete and up-to-date information is displayed to the end-users. To achieve this, we use SAP Cloud Platform Integration to connect to both SAP- and Non-SAP systems. We can choose to stir the ingredients via Message Mapping, Content Enrichment and Value Mapping if we want to deviate from the standard recipe.  

This complementary way of integrating software on top of the digital core suite, speeds up the process of developing apps, opens up new smart ways of analyzing data and keeps the core clean Using a solid and securely integrated framework, we also enable citizen developers and product owners to closely collaborate with us in the development process. 

The perfect crust (front-end) 

This is the real eye-catcher. It’s just inviting you to take a bite. To achieve these finger licking good designs we use Mendix to create custom front-end solutions. The design is tailored to the customer’s needs and seamlessly interact with SAP Cloud Platform Integration to access and modify the data in the cloud.  

The use of low-code development platforms such as Mendix assures the application is future proof, allowing for changes in future iterations and low start-up costs. According to Gartner, the next two years, market demand for app development will grow at least 5x faster than the IT capacity to deliver it. To facilitate this growing demand and to satisfy our customers’ needs, we use new approaches to rapid app development.  

Citizen Developers are the tech-savvy people with business process knowledge on client side. Taking them along in the development process allows us to quickly gather business requirements while delivering the building blocks of the final product. This approach enables us to focus on the technical aspects, as well on the UX/UI design, while the Citizen Developer can focus on adding business value. 

Having an easy to use front-end is dependent upon the User Experience (UX). This catch-all term refers to a few different disciplines 

We gather functional specifications from the client to decide the user needs. This means focussing on what the application should do and what its users value, as well as the users’ abilities and limitations. It promotes improving the quality of interactions while taking into account the business goals.  

The interaction design should be engaging with well thought out behaviours and structured patterns, allowing the user to easily understand and use the product.  

Once these steps are finished, we top it all off with the visual design of the application, the user interface (UI) by implementing the corporate identity.  

The perfect pie from our baQery 

Just look at it, isn’t it a beauty? Believe us, it tastes great too.  By skilfully integrating all the different parts that make up the equation, we made a pie that everyone can agree on is delicious.  

Do you have a recipe you would like to try out? Maybe even with different ingredients than SAP CPI?  Send us a message and we’ll bake you the best pie ever! 

Contact us by email or fill out our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  

Nowadays many companies are considering moving (part of) their IT landscape from On-Premise to the Cloud. We have completed several successful migration projects. In this Whitepaper we will show you our way of working during such a migration project from On-Premise to the Cloud. 

The Whitepaper provides an in depth look at the different processes involved in successfully migrating from SAP Process Integration to SAP Cloud Platform Integration. It consists of the following phases that we will explore:

Analysis and Estimate Phase: Identifying possible challenges during the migration process.

Build Phase: Migrating integration scenarios to iFlows. 

Test Phase: End-to-end testing of interfaces on SAP CPI.

Go Live Phase: Deploying, configuring and checking the new CPI interfaces.

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For a series of webinars about the SAP S/4HANA Billing and Revenue Innovation Management (BRIM) solution, our very own Martin Jaspers was asked to explain how QforIT and DigitalRoute implemented Convergent Mediation for a postal company.

You can listen to the webinar on SAP PartnerEdge via the link below.

https://partneredge.sap.com/en/library/education/psd/2020/apr/e_oe_te_w_eftt_13312.html

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By partnering with Mendix, Q for IT is now a recognized MX Solution Provider. QforIT masters the Enterprise Application Development & Integration domain and has extensive experience with cloud application development and related cloud integrations.

QforIT’s trademark lies in the Enterprise Application Development and Enterprise Application Integration domains through implementation of solid, easily maintainable and easily extensible interfaces with top quality frontend solutions.Our dedicated team of experts is specialized in integrating Processes, People, Things and Data for the Intelligent Enterprise.

From this perspective QforIT primarily focusses on the following solutions within the Mendix and SAP domain:

• SAP Cloud Platform Rapid Application Development by Mendix
-•SAP Mendix for HANA

Visit the Mendix Solution Provider Partner page here: https://www.mendix.com/solution-providers/

QforIT, we solve. Dat bewijzen we in onze dagelijkse bedrijfsvoering op verschillende manieren. Nu we met zijn allen vaker vanuit huis werken, blijven we op zoek gaan naar manieren om ons werk gemakkelijker te maken.

Eén van de beste voorbeelden van deze oplossingen is ons Q-CPI Monitoring Dashboard. Deze tool, gebouwd in Mendix en gedeployed op het SAP Cloud Platform, presenteert gestructureerde data van verschillende SAP Cloud Platform Integration tenants.

Dit helpt ons om een efficiënte dienstverlening te kunnen blijven bieden aan onze klanten, in tijden waarin het belangrijk is onze economie en samenleving draaiend te houden.

Today, COERA and QforIT announced they will team up as Glue – turn on innovation and stick very closely together in positioning a full service offering in cloud integration as they see it core for IT landscapes. We fully believe that the value of cloud comes from a holistic approach to digital transformation and from that perspective the ‘ability to integrate’ is of the utmost importance.  

Or as analysts state: ‘Gaining competitive advantage with a cloud strategy depends on how well you can integrate’. 

Through the partnership both companies combine their expertise on integrating data, identities and applications in hybrid cloud environments using enterprise backbone technologies for API management, Messaging and Identity and Access Management. We design, create and operate cloud integration solutions, smartly connecting applications throughout every part of the enterprise using low-code solutions like Mendix and SAP Fiori. 

We are the Enterprise Application & Integration solvers building (low) code, high-value solutions assisting our European customers in their digital transformation journey.  

QforIT, Peter Dau, Francois Laan

Both of our companies already have multiple years experience in building and integrating cloud solutions. By joining forces we structurally cover the underlying glue of multi-cloud architectures.  

COERA, Anca Borodi, Theo Punter

About QforIT 

QforIT is a best-in-class recognized Enterprise Application & Integration Expertise Partner for SAP. Our services and solutions enable Digital Transformation & Business Innovation by applying Enterprise Application & Integration technologies. At QforIT we master the Enterprise Application & Integration domain and have a lot of experience with cloud application development and all related cloud integrations. Our dedicated team of experts is specialized in integrating Processes, People, Things and Data for the Intelligent Enterprise. From this perspective QforIT primarily focuses on the SAP & Mendix solution portfolios.​

About COERA 

Since 2013, when enterprises started the real adoption of cloud technology, COERA’s reputed engineers are building a strong reference in cloud integration in general and identity and access management in particular. Believing that securely managing Identities is one of the core disciplines in nowadays distributed IT landscapes also from the perspective of new business opportunities. COERA is a streetwise IT agency engineering state-of-art online solutions for our customers collaborating with best practice technology partners.   

Visit www.glueing.tech for more information!