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SAP PI/PO and SAP CPI: Bridging the Knowledge Gap between On-Premise and Cloud Integration - Part 2 of 2

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In the last blog we went into the details of SAP CPI and PI/PO and in this blog, we will explore the additional tools available as part of the SAP Integration Suite and bring to you a side by side comparision.

Note: Before you proceed ahead please take note that SAP PI/PO is reaching End-of-Life (EOL) by Dec 2027. So, keep the long term plan in mind and make the right choice. 

Additional Tools Available as Part of SAP Integration Suite

  • SAP API Management: This tool allows organisations to design, publish, and manage APIs securely. It enables API governance, versioning, and analytics, making it easier to share and monetize APIs.

  • SAP Process Orchestration: SAP Process Orchestration (SAP PO) is an on-premises solution that complements CPI by providing advanced integration capabilities. It can handle complex orchestration scenarios, B2B integrations, and business process management.

  • SAP Open Connectors: This tool offers a library of pre-built connectors to various third-party applications and services. It simplifies the process of connecting to external systems and data sources.

  • SAP Event Mesh: SAP Event Mesh provides event-driven architecture capabilities, allowing real-time communication between applications and microservices. It supports event brokering and event-driven workflows.

  • SAP Integration Advisor: This tool assists in defining and managing data mappings and transformations in complex integrations. It helps ensure data quality and consistency.

  • SAP Cloud Integration Automation Service: This service automates the provisioning and management of integration resources, making it easier to set up and maintain integration scenarios.

  • SAP Integration Suite Identity Authentication: This feature enhances security by providing identity and access management capabilities for integration scenarios.


In this section, we shall do a side by side comparison – 





CPI is a cloud-based integration tool, which means that you can avoid the upfront costs of purchasing and maintaining on-premises hardware and software. You also benefit from the scalability and flexibility of the cloud.

PIPO is an on-premises integration tool, which means that you need to purchase and maintain the software and hardware yourself. This can be a significant upfront cost, and it can also be difficult to scale PIPO as your business grows.

Richer integration capabilities

CPI offers a wider range of integration capabilities than PIPO, including support for more protocols, data formats, and integration patterns. This makes it easier to integrate SAP and non-SAP systems.

PIPO offers a limited range of integration capabilities, which can make it difficult to integrate with certain systems or data formats.

Enhanced security

CPI offers a number of enhanced security features over PIPO, including support for single sign-on, role-based access control, and encryption. This helps to protect your data from unauthorised access.

PIPO offers a basic level of security, but it does not offer the same level of protection as CPI.

Improved performance

CPI offers improved performance over PIPO, which can help to reduce the time it takes to integrate data and systems.

PIPO’s performance can be affected by the amount of data that needs to be integrated and the complexity of the integration.

Simplified management

CPI is easier to manage than PIPO, thanks to its intuitive user interface and centralised management console.

PIPO can be complex to manage, especially for large or complex integration projects.

Greater flexibility

CPI is more flexible than PIPO, making it easier to adapt to changing business needs.

PIPO can be inflexible, which can make it difficult to adapt to changing business needs.


SAP CPI is a powerful integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) solution that can be used to connect a wide range of applications, data sources, and devices.

SAP CPI is a good choice for organisations that are already  invested in the SAP ecosystem. 

It is tightly integrated with other SAP products and services, and it offers a wide range of pre-built connectors for SAP applications and third parties. 

SAP CPI is also a good choice for organisations that need to process large volumes of data or that have complex integration requirements.

If you are looking for a powerful and scalable integration platform that is tightly integrated with SAP products and services, then SAP CPI is a good choice.

The Final Say!

So, as you can see, both SAP PI/PO and SAP CPI can, indeed, be used to meet your business needs. However, it will require deep expertise and technical knowledge to analyse, recommend and implement

It may not be easy for you as an IT user or business user to make this detailed evaluation and recommendation.  So, this is where vVolve swoops in. 

As a SAP-savvy organisation, vVolve can guide you through the entire scenario of SAP CPI and SAP PI/PO integration procedure.

vVolve will also recommend to you the optimised pricing model that is beneficial to your budget. So, if you are really interested in working this out, vVolve is only one mail away from you. 

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