SAP API Management Onboarding

What is the purpose of SAP API management onboarding? So we will tackle the following information about this and also tackle the importance of it.

What Is SAP API Management Onboarding?

SAP API management onboarding is a new concept for SAP. It will help your developers to onboard the APIs. 

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The onboarding process is available in SAP NetWeaver Cloud Adapter and will also be available in SAP Gateway Service. Onboarding will create an API proxy on the cloud and it will be used as a test server. 

After this, you can test and deploy your APIs by using SAP Gateway Service.

Why SAP API Management Onboarding?

There are many benefits of SAP API management onboarding. The primary benefit of this is that it helps to reduce the development time of your APIs. 

It also will make your development much easier. Another benefit of this is that you can use additional security features to secure your APIs.

How Does SAP API Management Onboarding Work?

As we said earlier, SAP API management onboarding works in two ways: 

1) SAP NetWeaver Cloud Adapter

2) SAP Gateway Service. 

So we will describe both ways below:

1) SAP NetWeaver Cloud Adapter: 

In this case, we will create an empty project in the cloud adapter like a test project with no APIs inside it. This project will use the same authentication and authorization methods as your application.

So you won’t need to change anything here because credentials should be kept safe. And also secure just like they are kept inside your application. 

After creating this project, we have to select the libraries from our application where we have published our APIs. We have to drag these libraries from our application into that project.

So we created earlier thru ‘Project to Drag & Drop’ menu options. Or thru ‘Project to Project Explorer’ menu options after creating our project in the cloud adapter. 

After dragging the library items into this empty project we have just created. So all necessary artifacts for these libraries such as proxy classes, WSDL files, etc.

It will be created automatically on the cloud adapter and our server-side development is done now. So we only need to move these artifacts from our cloud adapter into our running application.

On the gateway service side via command-line tools or by using Web IDE plugins or by using other methods like FTP or SFTP. It will be moved into our application. 

After this, we can now use this library in our application just like a regular library of our application. 

2) SAP Gateway Service: 

If you want to use this via SAP Gateway Service, then you don’t need to do much. Because it will do all of the above things automatically for you. 

It will create a new project in SAP Gateway Service with all necessary artifacts inside it. And you can fetch these artifacts and use them in your application.

So by simply pointing it to the right context path of your application in SAP Gateway Service. Then you can simply use these artifacts inside your service just like a regular library of your application. 

So this way you can get all benefits from SAP API management.