Working with SAP ICC to Achieve SAP Certification

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SAP Certification for BPA Platform (formerly TaskCentre) was extremely important to us as a company; not only to make sure that it was technically aligned to the expectations of SAP, but also to improve confidence in the software, whether customer or partner, as well as create greater brand awareness within the SAP community. To achieve this, we have worked closely with the SAP Integration and Certification Center (ICC) to achieve SAP-Certified status.

You can read a full interview with SAP regarding our experience with SAP ICC here.

Our journey with SAP began as a direct response to SAP Business One customers enquiring about TaskCentre. In 2006 we therefore invested significant time and resources into developing TaskCentre for SAP Business One. In conjunction with our customers and partners, we continued to develop the software. In January 2011 we joined the SAP PartnerEdge Programme, and in May 2011 the SAP ICC certified that TaskCentre 4.5 had proven to interoperate with SAP Business One via the SAP Business One Software Development Kit (SDK) 8.8.

In December 2017, BPA Platform retained its SAP-Certified integration with SAP Business One for SQL, and also achieved SAP-certified integration with SAP Business One 9.2 for SAP HANA®. In February 2018, BPA Platform achieved certification with the SAP Business One® Cloud solution.

Kevin Palmer, Chief Technology Officer, Codeless Platforms: “Customers who want to purchase add-ons for SAP will usually look for certification, because it means that the product follows specific SAP rules and the add-on behaves in the SAP software. It also gives us assurance that our code is working correctly; that we aren’t doing anything we shouldn’t do. That’s why it’s important for us to have certification. It instils confidence that our product is working correctly within the SAP system.”

The SAP Certification Process

We have been working with SAP ICC since 2011 and have always found the people extremely helpful and easy to deal with. It’s a very straightforward process, and definitely worthwhile.

To start the certification process you have to fill out a number of documents, answering a wide-range of questions. This is to make sure that, before you get on a session and run through it, the product conforms immediately rather than constantly failing a session and having to repeat it.

Once you’ve completed the forms, you can be a lot more confident that you have sorted out most things before you run through the formal certification. Once the documentation is agreed, you then have a session with the SAP ICC team on a shared machine. You formulate a test plan and then run through this with the team to make sure that everything is working as expected. Once they have observed the product being demonstrated, and are happy with it, they issue the certificate.

The Benefits of Achieving SAP Certification

The certification and membership of the SAP PartnerEdge programme provided us with access to a wealth of information and resources which helped us to further support the global SAP Business One partner channel. The certification from SAP ICC ensured:

  • The tight integration of BPA Platform with the SAP Business One architecture
  • The stability of BPA Platform on both SQL and HANA databases, as well as running in the cloud landscape
  • The implementation and provisioning of BPA Platform according to SAP development standards and guidelines

All this combined means that customers are confident of investing in BPA Platform, as they actively seek reassurance from the wider SAP community; certification plays an important role in delivering that. It has also led to greater partner engagement. Post certification, the SAP Partner community proactively enquired about BPA Platform, and it has made it easier for them to propose, sell and support.

Kevin Palmer, Chief Technology Officer, Codeless Platforms: “Once you’re certified you are listed on Certified Solutions Directory, so having certification certainly opens us up to more customers. Customers probably wouldn’t buy an add-on if it didn’t have certification. One of the main reasons for this is that if they are using an add-on that isn’t SAP-certified it might negate their warranty and support.”

For more information on how BPA Platform can add extra functionality to SAP Business One, download the brochure below or call us on +44 (0)330 99 88 700.

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