Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with SAP Business ByDesign

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate SAP Business ByDesign with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate SAP Business ByDesign with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to SAP Business ByDesign.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to SAP Business ByDesign with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.

Prerequisites

To get started, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have a subscription, you can get a free account.
  • SAP Business ByDesign single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.

  • SAP Business ByDesign supports SP initiated SSO

To configure the integration of SAP Business ByDesign into Azure AD, you need to add SAP Business ByDesign from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
  2. On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
  3. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
  4. To add new application, select New application.
  5. In the Add from the gallery section, type SAP Business ByDesign in the search box.
  6. Select SAP Business ByDesign from results panel and then add the app. Wait a few seconds while the app is added to your tenant.

Configure and test Azure AD SSO

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with SAP Business ByDesign using a test user called B.Simon. For SSO to work, you need to establish a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in SAP Business ByDesign.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with SAP Business ByDesign, perform the following steps:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
    1. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
    2. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  2. Configure SAP Business ByDesign SSO - to configure the Single Sign-On settings on application side.
    1. Create SAP Business ByDesign test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in SAP Business ByDesign that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  3. Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD SSO

Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.

  1. In the Azure portal, on the SAP Business ByDesign application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.

  2. On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.

  3. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:

    a. In the Sign on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<servername>.sapbydesign.com

    b. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<servername>.sapbydesign.com

    Note

    These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign on URL and Identifier. Contact SAP Business ByDesign Client support team to get these values. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.

  5. SAP Business ByDesign application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format. Configure the following claims for this application. You can manage the values of these attributes from the User Attributes section on application integration page. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, click Edit button to open User Attributes dialog.

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  6. Click on the Edit icon to edit the Name identifier value.

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  7. On the Manage user claims section, perform the following steps:

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    a. Select Transformation as a Source.

    b. In the Transformation dropdown list, select ExtractMailPrefix().

    Note

    Per default ByD uses the NameID format unspecified for user mapping. ByD maps the NameID of SAML-assertions on the ByD User Alias. Additionally ByD support the name ID format emailAddress. In this case ByD maps the NameID of the SAM-assertion on the ByD user e-mail address of the ByD employee contact data. For more details, you may refer this SAP blog.

  8. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Download to download the Federation Metadata XML from the given options as per your requirement and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  9. On the Set up SAP Business ByDesign section, copy the appropriate URL(s) as per your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

Create an Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.

  1. From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.
  3. In the User properties, follow these steps:
    1. In the Name field, enter B.Simon.
    2. In the User name field, enter the username@companydomain.extension. For example, B.Simon@contoso.com.
    3. Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
    4. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to SAP Business ByDesign.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.

  2. In the applications list, select SAP Business ByDesign.

  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.

  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.

  5. In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.

  6. If you are expecting a role to be assigned to the users, you can select it from the Select a role dropdown. If no role has been set up for this app, you see "Default Access" role selected.

  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure SAP Business ByDesign SSO

  1. Sign on to your SAP Business ByDesign portal with administrator rights.

  2. Navigate to Application and User Management Common Task and click the Identity Provider tab.

  3. Click New Identity Provider and select the metadata XML file that you have downloaded from the Azure portal. By importing the metadata, the system automatically uploads the required signature certificate and encryption certificate.

    Configure Single Sign-On1

  4. To include the Assertion Consumer Service URL into the SAML request, select Include Assertion Consumer Service URL.

  5. Click Activate Single Sign-On.

  6. Save your changes.

  7. Click the My System tab.

    Configure Single Sign-On2

  8. In the Azure AD Sign On URL textbox, paste Login URL value, which you have copied from the Azure portal.

    Configure Single Sign-On3

  9. Specify whether the employee can manually choose between logging on with user ID and password or SSO by selecting Manual Identity Provider Selection.

  10. In the SSO URL section, specify the URL that should be used by the employee to signon to the system. In the URL Sent to Employee dropdown list, you can choose between the following options:

    Non-SSO URL

    The system sends only the normal system URL to the employee. The employee cannot signon using SSO, and must use password or certificate instead.

    SSO URL

    The system sends only the SSO URL to the employee. The employee can signon using SSO. Authentication request is redirected through the IdP.

    Automatic Selection

    If SSO is not active, the system sends the normal system URL to the employee. If SSO is active, the system checks whether the employee has a password. If a password is available, both SSO URL and Non-SSO URL are sent to the employee. However, if the employee has no password, only the SSO URL is sent to the employee.

  11. Save your changes.

Create SAP Business ByDesign test user

In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in SAP Business ByDesign. Please work with SAP Business ByDesign Client support team to add the users in the SAP Business ByDesign platform.

Note

Please make sure that NameID value should match with the username field in the SAP Business ByDesign platform.

Test SSO

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.

  1. Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to SAP Business ByDesign Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  2. Go to SAP Business ByDesign Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

  3. You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the SAP Business ByDesign tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to SAP Business ByDesign Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps