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SAP Integration Playbook

This section of helps clients understand best practices and considerations when integrating with SAP. Our customers typically use one of three approaches:

  • Standard Flat Files - A standard file format is available for all master and transaction data objects typically integrated between Coupa and SAP. It can be leveraged by customers who have the resources available to translate between Coupa’s format and the formats needed for SAP.
  • Coupa API - Our standard REST-based APIs can be used by customers who would like to implement more sophisticated integration. It is a common approach for those customers with a middleware platform and resources available to orchestrate integration between Coupa and SAP.
  • IDoc - Coupa now offers native IDoc support and has obtained SAP Certified Integration with Netweaver for commonly-used master and transaction data integration points between Coupa and SAP. This approach is suitable for customers who want Coupa to manage the translation between Coupa and SAP formats. Please contact your CSM or Engagement Manager to discuss options around implementing our SAP IDoc solution. More details can be found in the IDoc Integration section below.

Many of our customers mix and match integration methods to provide an optimum model for integration.  For example, you may leverage standard flat-file formats for inbound master data and have Coupa provide IDocs for outbound transactions.  The method(s) chosen will vary from customer to customer and Coupa will provide guidance as part of the implementation process.

Whichever method you choose, it is extremely important to properly model the data in your Coupa instance to ensure proper support for you business processes in SAP.  The following sections will help you begin to think through these important decisions. 


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