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SAP Integration Playbook

This section of integrate.coupa.com is to help clients using SAP understand best practice and considerations when integrating with SAP.  Our customers typically use one of three approaches for integrating Coupa and SAP:

  • Standard Flat Files - a standard file format is available for all master and transaction data objects typically integrated between Coupa and SAP and 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 and 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 is a common approach for those customers who would like for Coupa to manage the translation between Coupa and SAP formats.  More details can be found in the IDoc Integration section below.

In many cases, our customers will mix and match various integration methods to provide an optimum model for integration.  For example, you may leverage Coupa’s 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.