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As in the previous year, the International Focus Group for Process Integration (IFG for PI, formerly known as GSIG for PI) performed its yearly survey for SAP NetWeaver PI. The survey was scheduled from April 14th to July 5th 2011 and was open for all users and companies using SAP NetWeaver PI or XI as an integration platform. The survey contained 21 general questions and 9 questions about this year's focus topic monitoring.


This year's survey was a tremendous success for the international collaboration of the PI user groups, as the number increased from 155 last year to 412 participants from over 15 different user groups.


Survey Results

The following section shows an extract of the results.


Number of participants: 412


Participants per user group:

User Groups





Organization for SOA, Enterprise Architecture or integration:
(multiple selections allowed)



Used XI / PI release:
(multiple selections allowed if a company uses different releases in parallel)

XI/PI Release


Number of integration scenarios:

Number of Integration Scenarios


Required system availability (days * hours):

System Availability


Evaluation of system performance:

System Performance


As monitoring was one of the major pain points in our last year’s survey, we decided to make it a focus topic in 2011.


Indication whether monitoring is still a major pain point:

Monitoring Pain Point


Use of tools from other vendors to cover end-to-end visibility and traceability:

Use of other monitoring tools


Interpreting these results, it’s important to keep in mind that PI 7.3 as well as the new PI monitoring with SAP Solution Manager 7.1 was just in ramp-up phase during the survey, so that the feedback of the large majority of the survey participants still referred to the monitoring in the previous XI / PI releases.


A significant success of our last year’s global survey was that SAP really took our findings seriously and put additional efforts especially in the areas of monitoring and B2B connectivity. It will be interesting to see how the ratings in the next year’s survey will evolve when the first customers will have gained a broader experience with the new PI monitoring in SAP Solution Manager and the current PI 7.3 release.


Summary and conclusions

  • Growing user base
  • Majority of companies use PI for business critical scenarios
  • Monitoring remains the most critical functionality / pain point, but is addressed by SAP with the new PI monitoring functionality for SAP Solution Manager and NWA for PI
  • Stability and performance rated is as solid and significantly improved compared to the results in the previous years


Many thanks to all 412 participants! Look out for our next PI survey which will be scheduled from April and July 2012.