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The International Focus Group for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (IFG for PI) is the first initiative of SAP user groups around the globe in the area of SAP NetWeaver PI and SAP integration. Due to an alignment with other international focus groups, the initiative changed its name from Global Special Interest Group for Process Integration (GSIG for PI) to International Focus Group for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (IFG for PI) in October 2012.

 

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Our mission

The mission of the IFG for PI is to establish the collaboration between the various SAP user groups in the area of SAP NetWeaver PI and SAP integration. In addition to the collaboration, exchange of experiences and knowledge our goals are to combine and strengthen the feedback and influencing towards SAP and to work on joint best practices. Target of our group is to support the various PI focus groups as part of their national user groups (but not to replace them in any way).

 

Our members

User Group

Country

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SIG

Contact

Website

DSAG

Germany

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Application Integration

Hermann Steinrötter

www.dsag.de

ASUG

U.S.

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Integration Technologies and E-Business

Dawn Haymond

www.asug.com

SAPience.be

Belgium

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Steven Lenaerts

www.sapience.be

VNSG

Netherlands

VNSG Logo

Process Integration

Bernd Pfeiffer

www.vnsg.nl/pi

SAPSA

Sweden

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Pontus Borgström

www.sapsa.se

SBN Norge

Norway

SBN Norge

 

Eva-Maria Fahrer

www.sap-sbn.no

JSUG

Japan

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Technology

Atsushi Hasegawa

jsug.org

SAUG

Australia

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Technology

Sascha Wenninger

www.saug.com.au

UK & Ireland SUG

UK & Ireland

UK Ireland SUG Logo

 

 

www.sapusers.org

African SAP User Group

Africa

SAUG Logo

NetWeaver

Corlia Van Zyl

www.afsug.co.za

Russian PI User Group

Russia

 

 

Iliya Kuznetsov

groups.google.com

Utilisateurs SAP Francophones (USF)

France

USF Logo

 

 

www.usf.fr

Foreningen af SAP brugere Danmark (FSD)

Denmark

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  SAP PI

Mikkel Holm Iversen

sapfsd.dk

 

Chair

At the group meeting 2012 in Stockholm Hermann Steinrötter was reelected as chair of the group for the period 09/2012 to 09/2013.

 

History

2008

  • August: Kickoff meeting in Walldorf (ASUG, VNSG, DSAG, SAP)
  • September: First international survey about SAP Application Integration and PI
  • November: Web conference PI naming conventions

2009

  • February – April: Survey about usage of EDI adapters on XI/PI
  • May: Publication first draft of monitoring best practices
  • May: Publication updated version of PI naming conventions
  • September: Onsite meeting in Walldorf

2010

  • January: SAPSA and SBN Norge join the initiative
  • March: SAPience.be joins the initiative
  • July/August: Second international survey about SAP Application Integration and PI
  • August/September: JSUG joins the initiative
  • September: Annual onsite meeting in Den Bosch / Netherlands
  • October: SAUG and SUG UK & Ireland join the initiative
  • October: Executive meeting with SAP management (Hervé Couturier, Dirk Kästner, Sindhu Gangadharan) at SAP TechEd Europe
  • October: AFSUG & Russian PI group join the initiative
  • November:The French user group USF joins the initiative

2011

  • January – March: Concept and preparation of new PI survey
  • April: Start of PI survey for 2011
  • April: The Danish user group FSD joins the initiative
  • May: SAP mentors Michal Krawczyk und Daniel Graversen join the group
  • July: End of PI survey for 2011. We received more than 400 responses this year. Many thanks to all contributors and user groups!
  • September: Annual face-to-face group meeting (Brussels), see also Thoughts after the Global Special Interest group for PI (GSIG for PI) after the meeting
  • September/October: Official release of PI survey 2011 results
  • November: Start of PI requirement gathering

2012

  • February/March: Completion and review of PI requirements gathering
  • April: Online survey for prioritization of collected requirements, see Online Survey - PI Requirements Prioritization
  • May: Start global NetWeaver PI Survey 2012, see Global Survey for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 2012
  • July: Completion of online survey for prioritization of collected requirements, forwarding of results to SAP
  • October: Annual face-to-face group meeting (Stockholm), release of PI survey results & requirement prioritization
  • October: Change of group name from GSIG for PI to IFG for PI

2013

  • January/February: Finalization of questions for PI survey 2013.
  • February: Maintenance and subscription of collected PI requirements by users at SAP Customer Connection Program.
  • March: Release of new document version 3.5 of PI naming conventions (see working papers below), completion of subscription period of SAP Customer Connection Program.
  • May: Official start of PI survey 2013, see Global Survey for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 2013
  • August: Completion of PI survey
  • October: Annual face-to-face group meeting (Stockholm), release of PI survey results, see links below

2014

  • January: Follow-up survey on monitoring, see details in next section
  • January: Webinar SAP NetWeaver PI Roadmap
  • January/February: Finalization of questions for PI survey 2014.
  • February: Webinar Trading Partner Management (SAP B2B Add-On)
  • March: SAP Mentor Agasthuri Doss joins IFG for PI

 

SAP Influencing

 

Working papers

  • Naming Conventions for PI
    Best practice document about naming conventions and integration design for SAP NetWeaver PI (version 3.5 with updates for PI 7.31 released in March 2013)
  • Best Practices PI Monitoring
    Introduction to monitoring capabilities of SAP NetWeaver PI (update for PI 7.3X in progress)
  • Regression Testing
    Overview of regression testing for PI (work in progress)

 

Webinars

  • Trading Partner Management with SAP B2B Add-On
    Date: Friday, February 14th 2014, 9:00 CET and 17:00 CET
    Duration: 1 hour
  • SAP Applicaction Interface Frameowk
    Date: Planned for Q1/2014
    Duration: 1 hour

 

To participate in the webinars, please contact the speaker / contact of your local user group.

 

Further activities

  • Continued work on PI requirement list and participation in th SAP Customer Connection Program
  • Release of new and updated working paper till mid of 2014 (see previous section)
  • Global NetWeaver PI Survey 2014
  • Further webinars e.g. about PI / PO roadmap

 

How to participate and join

The download of the documents and the registration to the web conferences is offered to all members of the participating user groups and can be accessed via their specific portals or by contacting the speakers of the special interest groups listed in the table above.

 

Meeting Brussels 2011

Group meeting 2011 in Brussels, Belgium

Meeting Stockholm 2012

Group meeting 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden

Meeting Hamburg 2013

Group meeting 2013 in Hamburg, Germany


Other user groups are very welcome join our initiative.

In case of questions or ideas do not hesitate to contact us!