4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 28, 2012 3:29 PM by William Li RSS

Positioning of Netweaver Gateway vs. SAP-PI

Lars Franz
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Hi all,

 

maybe that is a stupid question but can someone please provide some information about the strategic positioning of Netweaver Gateway in context to the other SAP products in this area?

 

Or to put it in another way: Why use Netweaver Gateway when your company is already using SAP-PI, since REST-Servcies can also be implemented based upon PI? Are there any additional benefits that I have missed so far or is Gateway designed for companies who do not yet have a middleware in place?

 

Thanks in advance,

lars

  • Re: Positioning of Netweaver Gateway vs. SAP-PI
    Shiri Levi
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    Hello Lars,

     

    The focus with SAP NetWeaver Gateway is on enabling easy access and consumption of SAP applications in the client or device our customers choose.

     

    SAP NetWeaver Gateway is designed for user-facing applications that are u201Cstatelessu201D, and requires selected data sets of the entire business object definition. Through simple to use standard market protocols such as REST and OData/ATOM, it provides extremely simple access to SAP applications for developers without prior SAP knowledge.

     

    In that sense, SAP NetWeaver Gateway builds on the openness of SAP Enterprise Services for the types of solutions described above. For solutions that go beyond this scope, SAP Enterprise Services will continue to be the recommended way to connect to SAP systems.

     

    SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (SAP NetWeaver PI) is a comprehensive SOA middleware platform focused on A2A and B2B integration. It provides SAP customers a SOA foundation to manage their SOA landscape and SOA development and deployment lifecycle

     

    Please let me know if you need further information.

     

    Thanks and regards,

    Shiri

    • Re: Positioning of Netweaver Gateway vs. SAP-PI
      Lars Franz
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      Hello Shiri,

       

      and thanks for your response.

       

      SAP NetWeaver Gateway is designed for user-facing applications that are u201Cstatelessu201D, and requires selected data sets of the entire business object definition. Through simple to use standard market protocols such as REST and OData/ATOM, it provides extremely simple access to SAP applications for developers without prior SAP knowledge.

       

      However this could also be achieved using SAP-PI, couldn't it? You can encapsulate any RFC or BAPI and create an corresponding service with PI which can be consumed by any application (including user front-ends).

       

      The effort to achieve this might be smaller when using Gateway instead of PI but still my question remains: Why use NetWeaver Gateway (and install yet another piece software with the need for maintenance, licensing, build-up of know how etc.) when you already have PI in place and running? Is there any functionality or any advantage not yet discussed which is not covered by PI?

       

      Regards,

      lars

      • Re: Positioning of Netweaver Gateway vs. SAP-PI
        Shiri Levi
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        Hi Lars,

         

        SAP NetWeaver Gateway and SAP NetWeaver PI are complementary products. SAP NetWeaver Gateway is used for creating REST-based services while SAP NetWeaver PI is a comprehensive SOA middleware platform focused on A2A and B2B integration. It provides SAP customers a SOA foundation to manage their SOA landscape and SOA development and deployment lifecycle.

         

        For user facing scenarios such as social media, RIA, on-line mobile applications which leverages Sybase SUP and more, REST may be a simpler approach that can help reducing the overall Total Cost of Development and TCO of the solution. SAP Enterprise Services will continue to be the recommended way to connect to SAP systems via SOA.

         

         

         

        Thanks and best regards,

        Shiri

  • Re: Positioning of Netweaver Gateway vs. SAP-PI
    William Li
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    Hi Lars,

    Please take a look at the blog: http://scn.sap.com/community/pi-and-soa-middleware/blog/2012/03/21/rest-services-with-gateway-and-pi-what-do-we-need-to-know

    It may provide some of the information you are asking.

    Regards,

    Bill

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