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Coinnovación y certificación

Why Certification Matters

SAP certification shows that your technology integrates smoothly with SAP solutions, giving customers total confidence in their investment decision.

The "SAP Certified" designation is not liberally awarded. Certified-solution providers must put their solution integration through stringent qualification procedures to earn this designation. The SAP Integration and Certification Center tests that integration is based on SAP-endorsed integration technologies before awarding SAP-certified status.

Why do customers care?

SAP-certified solutions offer the following benefits to customers:

  • Access to additional functionality and services: Customers can easily find SAP-certified solutions using the online directory listing. Here, the public can find innovative partner-built cloud apps that are powered by SAP HANA, or solutions that are integrated with SAP Business Suite from more than 1000 ISVs and software partners. 
  • Reduced implementation effort: Customers can save on total cost of ownership and cut integration costs by taking advantage of pre-tested integration with SAP solutions.
  • Accelerate innovation: Certified solutions follow SAP standards for technical integration and if re-certified on a regular basis can allow for upgrades with minimal interruptions.
  • Integration with SAP Solution Manager: Product and software component versions that are certified by us are visible in SAP Solution Manager, helping to speed up support issues.
What are the benefits of certification?
As a partner and ISV, you’re always looking for new ways to build your business and help customers solve problems. Here’s how integration certification from SAP can help meet these goals:
  • Direct your prospects to the online directory listing of certified solutions, so they can search and find your solution
  • Join the SAP PartnerEdge program to take advantage of additional go-to-market opportunities.
  • Showcase your products at SAP events such as the SAPPHIRE NOW and SAP TechEd conferences.
  • Use "SAP Certified" logos on your marketing materials..  Learn how to enhance your marketing strategy
Where can I find more information?

Find relevant articles, blogs, videos and other relevant certification information in our information repository. Get your questions answered. 

Certification Scenarios

SAP offers certifications for a variety of apps deployed on SAP technology. SAP partners and ISVs use a wide range of integration scenarios.

When developing interface software eligible for SAP-integration certification you must use SAP-endorsed integration technologies. SAP tests the interface software or connector built by ISVs and partners for correct implementation of SAP-endorsed technologies (see the integration guide) or stability in an SAP environment, depending on the type of certification.

Win more deals with the SAP-certified partner solutions built with SAP Business Technology Platform

While SAP continues to deliver innovative products, it is the extensive ecosystem of more than twenty thousand partners that helps customers realize business value and achieve tangible return on their investments. Partners that adopt the platform can develop more efficiently, provide foundational functionality, and commercialize products faster. 

 

With SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP), partners of all types can efficiently innovate into white spaces, build new or extend SAP solutions by keeping core clean, create integrations, also deliver content by transforming data into value by driving towards the desired business outcomes.

 

Partner-built SAP BTP solutions can be certified in alignment with the following business-centric focus areas:

Additional Certification Scenarios

Add-on integration based on ABAP

Ongoing support

If you are delivering an add-on solution written in the ABAP programming language, we provide ongoing support from a consultant from SAP ICC, access to the ABAP add-on assembly toolkit for ABAP, and annual certification.

 

Compliance with SAP standards

Only third-party add-ons based on ABAP that conform to SAP standards and conventions for packaging and deployment are eligible for certification. In general all custom objects, database tables, and fields, and data elements must exist within a registered namespace. Please note that you cannot modify SAP software objects such as screens, menus, programs, or function modules or update SAP tables directly.

 

SAP Add-On Assembly Kit for ABAP 

SAP requires that you use SAP Add-On Assembly Kit software to package an add-on based on ABAP, and we strongly recommend that you use the toolkit throughout the development cycle. Syntax and consistency checks for code are done using the assembly kit. Additional checks are done by SAP consultants during the certification procedure. The assembly kit is available as part of the service package for third-party solutions based on ABAP. Certification for solutions based on ABAP is available for traditional SAP NetWeaver/ERP environments as well as for SAP S/4HANA.

SAP HANA

Third-party client tools for business intelligence

Integrates comprehensive client tools for business intelligence, connecting to SAP HANA using an ODBO application programming interface based on MDX or SQL.

 

Back-up interface for SAP HANA

Certifies third-party back-up tools that use the back-end interface for SAP HANA to back up the SAP HANA database.

 

Extract, transform, and load tools for data replication 

Replicate SAP and non-SAP data into SAP HANA using third-party data replication tools based on ODBC/JDBC interfaces.

SAP Business One

Certification for Integration Framework 

Integration framework covers all integration aspects in one product:

  • Message-oriented middleware
  • Mobile server
  • Lightweight Business Process Management
  • Enables analysis and reporting

 

Add-on certification

SAP partners and ISVs can develop add-ons for SAP Business One based on SAP HANA or SQL with SAP Business One SDK. Based on the rules outlined in the test plan add-on solution certification, ISVs can develop add-ons to integrate with SAP Business One at the data or user-interface level using the data interface, data interface server, and user interface application programming interfaces. Third parties can also use tools provided within SAP HANA extended application services to develop objects within SAP HANA.

 

Certification for SAP Business One Cloud

Targeted at partner solutions complementing the SAP Business One Cloud solution and running in the cloud landscape, certifications are awarded at two levels. Level one represents compatibility running in the cloud and level two represents full integration with the architecture for SAP Business One Cloud. 

An integration assessment can be a good starting point for initiating a completely new integration project. You can also use this service to gain insights on how to improve an existing integration or migrate to a new technology such as SAP HANA or the cloud.

 

Typically, an integration assessment starts with a kick-off call, where you describe your envisioned integration to one of our SAP experts. Within 10 business days, we will come back to you with the best possible integration points and summarize our technical recommendations. 

 

The Integration Assessment service is available for partners looking to integrate with SAP on-premise and cloud solutions. 

The certification includes technical quality checks that are performed to analyze code, provide recommendations to optimize the solution and how it integrates with SAP solutions. Benefits include:

 

  • Provide customers value-added functionality and a smooth integration while safeguarding their existing investments. Take your solution to the next level with added security, in-depth testing and measurements against benchmarks results for a solution that meets requirements in a customer environment
  • Reduce maintenance time, costs and accelerate their implementations and deployments with a pre-tested and certified integration of your solution
  • Take advantage of additional resources to help generate exposure for your app, including logo use, a listing in our online directory, promotion during SAP events, and positioning of your application as premium-certified and SAP-endorsed to SAP customers and consulting partners.

Frequently asked questions

Learn about certifying software built using, or integrated with, SAP technology, including SAP HANA, SAP Business Technology Platform, ABAP, SAP Business One, or SAP Business Suite.

SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) helps you secure an SAP certification that verifies that the application or solution you’ve developed integrates seamlessly into an SAP environment. Whether you’re an SAP partner or independent software vendor (ISV), you will gain access to resources, test systems, and SAP consulting experts to guide you through each step of the certification process. 

How much does it cost?

Certification fees depend on the technology used and scope of testing. Costs typically range from €3,500 or less (for solutions based on SAP Business One or SAP Business Technology Platform, for example) to €15,000 (add-ons based on ABAP) or €20,000 (back-up tools for SAP HANA). The certification fee includes all necessary consulting and testing services carried out by a consultant from SAP ICC. Most certifications are conducted remotely. These fees do not take into consideration your own development resources or test system access costs.

How long does it take?

The certification test itself takes one day or less. However, the time it takes to get your solution ready for certification can vary. A typical certification based on a pre-defined scenario can be finished within roughly two months. Contact us early on in the development process to consult with us.

What can you expect?

Once we have signed a contract to certify the integration, you will be assigned a dedicated consultant by SAP ICC. Your engineers will prepare the testing under the guidance of this consultant and schedule a certification date. We provide you with a test plan ahead of time, so you can prepare your solution.

 

During any certification test, the SAP consultant monitors and logs the test results, while your engineers drive the actual testing, including the integration set-up and data exchange. Your software remains under your control at all times.

 

Once the testing is concluded successfully, you will receive a detailed and confidential test report, a certificate, and the appropriate certification logo that you can use to promote the successful certification to your customers. In addition, your fully certified solution will be listed online in our online directory within a few days. This gives your company exposure to the thousands of customers that visit SAP.com each day

Where should I carry out testing?

If you need remote access to an SAP-maintained system during testing, you can use the SAP Remote Access and Connectivity (SAP RAC) service. This professionally hosted and maintained landscape of fully-configured SAP software systems, including sample data, can simplify the integration testing of your interface to SAP solutions. You can choose between exclusive-use or low-cost shared systems. The cost varies depending on the number of users who need access, the period of time during which access is needed and whether you choose the exclusive-use or shared system. Prices start at €3,500 for three shared systems, with three users, for a three-month period. You can also sign up for longer periods of time at considerably lower rates.

Software integration certifications are valid for three years for most integration scenarios. A few certification scenarios (mobile apps, cloud integrations, or integrations with SAP HANA) are only valid for one year due to the higher frequency of updates.

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