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Do you require a minimized downtime for the software maintenance of your PI systems? Are the maintenance downtimes becoming critical for your business? If so, then we have good news for you. Many customers are already expounding the benefits of our near Zero Downtime Maintenance (nZDM) offering for importing Support Package Stacks with minimal business downtime. Therefore, we are considering extending the upgrade scenarios to include the EHP use case, namely for the upgrade from SAP NetWeaver PI 7.10 or 7.11 (dual stack) to SAP NetWeaver PI 7.30 / 7.31 (dual stack).

The nZDM tools will be provided free-of-charge as part of the SL Toolset. Initial feasibility studies have shown that it is certainly possible to enhance the existing procedure, but that it would require significant development investment. We therefore want to assess if there is sufficient customer and partner demand for the upgrade.

We would welcome your input on the following information and question:

 

  • Are you interested in the EHP upgrade procedure using nZDM tools? Do you have any questions? If so, send an e-mail to udo.paltzer@sap.com. The email with the expression of a principle interest could be something like 'We are interested in the nZDM EHP upgrade procedure and could use it end of 2012 / during 2013. Our start release is PI 7.1x (please specify), and our target release is PI 7.3x (please specify)'.

 

  • Please note that the nZDM EHP upgrade procedure will not be developed if there has not been sufficient interest by the end of March 2012.

 

  • To release the nZDM tools for the upgrade of other scenarios, e. g. from SAP NetWeaver PI 7.30 to PI 7.31 or SAP NetWeaver PI 7.0 to PI 7.31, is currently not in focus. However, once the nZDM tools for the EHP upgrade from SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1x to PI 7.3x would be available, the nZDM procedure for the upgrade from SAP NetWeaver PI 7.30 to PI 7.31 could be a next scenario that development can investigate, since these two upgrade scenarios are technically rather similar.

Thank you in advance for your feedback and interest in the EHP upgrade procedure using the nZDM tools.

SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (PI) 7.3 is in unrestricted shipment and thus available to all customers of SAP NetWeaver PI! The key highlights of the newest release of SAP NetWeaver PI include:

 

  • Java only deployment option for the Advanced Adapter Engine plus Enterprise Services Repository plus Integration Directory plus local monitoring (SAP NetWeaver Administrator)
  • Centralized monitoring of one or multiple PI domains via SAP Solution Manager 7.1 (ramp-up of SAP Solution Manager 7.1 is currently ongoing, end of ramp-up planned for Q3 / 2011) including a monitoring dashbord with one view on the most important status information
  • Increased design goverance and first Eclipse based editors for the Enterprise Services Repository
  • Further support for publish & subscribe scenarios
  • Increased connectivity options, for example first Java based IDoc and HTTP adapters on Advanced Adapter Engine and streaming of very large binary files
  • Enhanced local monitoring, e. g. search for payload values and communication channel ping
  • Reduced cost of operations via increased fault tolerance

 

Since there are tons of new capabilities and benefits offered with SAP NetWeaver PI 7.3, we would like to provide with this blog all the material including presentations and recordings of a series of deep dive live expert sessions on all the new functions delivered with SAP NetWeaver PI 7.3. Please send a mail to vc.studio@sap.com if you have problems to access the presentations or recordings. The following live expert sessions on SAP NetWeaver PI 7.3 have been delivered:

What’s new in SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.3?

This session provides an overview of the new capabilities and benefits of SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.3. There are enhancements in all major areas of SAP NetWeaver PI: First Java only installation option via Advanced Adapter Engine, richer connectivity & routing capabilities, increased design governance with the Enterprise Services Repository including first Eclipse based design environment, central monitoring dashboard via SAP Solution Manager, and enhanced local monitors.

 

What’s new in the Enterprise Services Repository for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.3?

This session provides a detailed overview about the new features and enhancements for the Enterprise Services Repository.

 

What are the new service bus-based capabilities for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.3?  

This session provides an overview of the new service bus-based capabilities of SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.3. There are enhancements for the Advanced Adapter Engine, for example the first Java only installation option, richer connectivity & routing capabilities, further support of publish & subscribe scenarios, and increased support of open standards.

 

Central monitoring of SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.3 landscapes with the new PI Work Center in SAP Solution Manager 7.1  

Learn how the new PI Work Center within SAP Solution Manager 7.1 helps you to improve your daily operation tasks such as regular system health checks, incident detection and resolution, etc. The PI Work Center can be seen as a central point of entry to monitor your PI landscape, both across and within PI domains. It combines a number of monitors providing an overall status of the PI components, channels, and messages, with the possibility to drill-down to the respective local monitoring tools for further details.

 

Local monitoring enhancements with SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.3

This session gives you an overview about how the local monitoring tools within SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.3 have been enhanced. Besides the new PI Monitoring Home page which provides access to all local monitoring tools at a glance, a major improvement has been made with the introduction of the so called user-defined message search which allows to searching messages based on payload data without the need of a TREX server.

 

Advanced Adapter Engine Extended - a new Java only installation option for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.3  

Starting with release 7.3 the well-known Advanced Adapter Engine of SAP NetWeaver Process Integration has been further enhanced to allow a complete Java-based stand-alone installation option for PI. This new option called Advanced Adapter Engine Extended (AEX) comprises, besides others, its own Enterprise Services Repository for the design time and an Integration Directory for the configuration of integration scenarios. In this session you will learn more about its architecture, use cases, pros and cons as well as possible system landscapes with a standalone engine or in combination with already existing SAP NetWeaver PI installations.

 

Available adapters for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.3  

This session provides an overview of the available and supported adapters for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.3. The session considers the adapters developed by SAP as well as adapters provided by partners and independent software vendors.

 

Federated PI and deployment options

The new Advanced Adapter Engine Extended deployment option can be seen as a Java-only ESB which runs fully independent from a classical PI double-stack installation. This makes new landscape options possible, especially for federated PI. In this session, we discuss about which potential deployment options you have and the rationale behind, and also provide some sample landscape solutions.

Upgrade to SAP NetWeaver PI 7.3

This session provides information on the upgrade paths to SAP NetWeaver PI 7.3 and shows how you can upgrade from previous releases of SAP NetWeaver SAP NetWeaver PI to the latest version.  

  

Improved fault tolerance with SAP NetWeaver PI 7.3  

This session provides an overview of the improved fault tolerance with SAP NetWeaver PI 7.3. Optimizations include for example the cache refresh, message processing of large files, startup procedures, and exactly once in order (EOIO) handling.

 

Customers continue to adopt SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (SAP NetWeaver PI) 7.1 including enhancement package 1 (EHP 1) in their productive landscapes. As of December 2009 already around one third of all customers of SAP NetWeaver PI are life on either SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 or EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. I. e. as of December 2009 more than 760 customers use SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 (including EHP 1) productively, distributed over more than 1000 live installations of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 or EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1.

With this strong adoption of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 including EHP 1 I would like to provide you here with more examples of real customer scenarios in which SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 or EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 is used productively. As in the Real Customer Scenarios with SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.1 I would like to share with you customer examples from different industries. In the new presentation about real customer scenarios with SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 including EHP 1 you can find seven customer examples from the following industries:

 

  • Insurance
  • Retail
  • Measurement Instruments, Process Industry Automation
  • Chemicals, Energy, Real Estate
  • High Tech
  • Materials Technology
  • Oil and Gas

The presentation about the life customer examples includes information about the scenarios that these customers have implemented as well as the main benefits that are provided by SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 including EHP 1 to the customers. The system landscape of our customers is heterogeneous and can consist of many SAP as well as non-SAP applications. Thus SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 including EHP 1 is used productively for the integration of non-SAP systems with non-SAP systems, non-SAP systems with SAP applications, as well as SAP- with SAP systems. And more and more customers choose SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 as their central and strategic integration platform and replace and migrate 3rd party middlewares to use one integration platform, namely SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1, for both SAP and non-SAP systems.

SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 including EHP 1 is used for a broad range of business scenarios by our customers. Since SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 is, besides SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment (CE) 7.1, essential part of SAP's SOA (service-oriented architecture) infrastructure, customers can use SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 to apply SOA principles. To make it more transparent, I give you here some examples about SOA principles that are commonly adopted by customers:

 

  • Apply a governed and model driven approach for service provisioning and service consumption
  • Design SOA artifacts in the Enterprise Services Repository
  • Leverage re-usable Enterprise Services (either provided by SAP or custom built)
  • Publish services (SAP and non-SAP) to Services Registry
  • Service enable legacy applications

Troughout the presentation about productive customer scenarios with SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 including EHP 1 you can find examples on how these customers apply those SOA principles and pave their way to a service-oriented architecture.

At the end of this blog I would like to point you to two further sources of information:

 

And stay tuned for the upcoming next version of SAP NetWeaver PI. At TechEd 2009 we already announced the most important planned benefits, more details will be provided soon. The ramp-up for the next version of SAP NetWeaver PI is currently planned for the second half of 2010.

Introduction

In this blog I would like to share with you SAP’s recommendation on which release of SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (SAP NetWeaver PI) you should use.

Release Recommendation for SAP NetWeaver PI:

SAP recommends that you use the highest version of SAP NetWeaver PI. This is currently Enhancement Package 1 (EHP 1) for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1.

 

The main reasons for this recommendation are as follows:

Customers of SAP Exchange Infrastructure (SAP XI 3.0)

If you who would like to use the new functions of SAP NetWeaver PI then you must move to a new release of SAP NetWeaver PI because there will not be any new functions provided for SAP Exchange Infrastructure (SAP XI) 3.0. Furthermore, the end of standard maintenance for SAP XI 3.0 is March 2010. For this reason you might want to consider moving directly to the highest version of SAP NetWeaver PI. The move from SAP XI 3.0 to the highest version of SAP NetWeaver PI can be done directly in one step; there are no intermediate steps required.

 

Customers of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.0

The current plan is that there will be very few new enhancements for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.0. You might want to consider which release you would like to move to based on the respective value proposition. However, be aware that the key new functions will only be provided in the highest release of SAP NetWeaver PI. You therefore might want to consider moving directly to the highest version of SAP NetWeaver PI. The move from SAP NetWeaver PI 7.0 to the highest version of SAP NetWeaver PI can be done directly in one step; there are no intermediate steps required.

 

Accelerated Innovation with Highest Release

Innovation with Highest Release of SAP NetWeaver PI

Key benefits and new functions are only provided with the highest release of SAP NetWeaver PI. To ensure maximum flexibility with respect to moving to new releases or enhancement packages for SAP NetWeaver PI, SAP recommends running SAP NetWeaver PI on a separate instance, that is, not together on the same instance of your SAP applications. This ensures accelerated innovation at any time at your convenience and also provides independence between SAP NetWeaver PI upgrades and SAP applications upgrades.

 

Downward Compatibility

SAP NetWeaver PI is downward compatible which means that higher releases of SAP NetWeaver PI can integrate older versions of SAP applications, such as SAP ERP 6.0.

 

Upgrade Efforts

The main effort in upgrade projects is usually the testing to ensure that your scenarios still run with the new software. Upgrade or update efforts themselves are generally small in comparison to the effort required for testing. Therefore, when considering an update or upgrade, we recommend that you upgrade to the highest release of SAP NetWeaver PI directly.

 

 

Value Proposition of EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1

  

The key benefits and new functions are only provided with the highest release of SAP NetWeaver PI. Therefore the value proposition for the highest release of SAP NetWeaver Process Integration is much greater than for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.0, including its EHPs, or SAP XI 3.0. The following list gives you an overview of the value proposition of the new functions provided (almost) exclusively by EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1:

  • Significantly increased performance
  • Innovation through service-oriented architecture (SOA): Superior governance, SOA enablement
  • Lower total cost of ownership (TCO): Faster installation, reduced sizing and extended scalability, enhanced standard support for increased interoperability
  • Higher user productivity: Enhanced developer productivity and new functions

 

Links for Further Information 

Introduction 

The Unrestricted shipment of SAP enhancement package 1 for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.1 as of July 31, 2009 (EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1) is in unrestricted shipment since July 31st, 2009. Therefore, in this blog I would like to provide an update on which adapters and adapter modules are available today for EHP 1 of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. You can find all the information below as well as additional useful infos and links in the presentation about available adapters and adapter modules for EHP 1 of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1.

Unrestricted shipment of SAP enhancement package 1 for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.1 as of July 31, 2009, and the second good news is, besides all the great enhancements, that the changes are compatible in comparison to SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. This means that in principle all adapters, that have been offered for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1, are also available for EHP 1 of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. There are no incompatible changes in the Adapter Framework for EHP 1 of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1, and there is no re-certification required for 3rd party adapters that have been already certified for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. Please note however that there have been syntactical changes in the Adapter Framework API in comparison to previous releases (SAP PI 7.0, SAP Exchange Infrastructure XI 3.0); this is mainly due to the adoption of the underlying Application Server Java 7.1, which is compliant to the Java EE 5 specification. More information about the changes and the available adapters can be found in the blog about the SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.1: Available Adapters and Adapter Modules.

Available Adapters for EHP 1 of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 developed by SAP

All adapters including their own modules developed by SAP are available as of today for EHP 1 of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. And in order to continue with the good news, in EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 the SOAP adapter has been enhanced with an additional message protocol to support the XI 3.0 protocol. With this messages that are sent to or received from ABAP proxies, other Advanced Adapter Engines (AAE's) or Partner Connectivity Kits can be processed locally on the AAE and thus benefit from significant performance enhancements. More information can be found in the blog about the Unrestricted shipment of SAP enhancement package 1 for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.1 as of July 31, 2009. Please see also SAP note 1247043 (SMP login required) about the limitations that currently exist for EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1.

The following adapters developed by SAP are supported with EHP 1 of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 today:

Technical Connectivity for communication with SAP and non-SAP systems
  • File/FTP (File Systems / FTP Servers)
  • JDBC (RDBMS systems)
  • JMS (Messaging systems, e. g. MQSeries, SonicMQ)
  • SOAP (Web Services based on SOAP; new with EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1: Support of XI 3.0 message protocol)
  • WS-RM (Web Services based on WS Reliable Messaging)
  • Plain HTTP
  • Mail (Mail Servers via SMTP, IMAP4, POP3)
  • SAP Business Connector (SAP BC)
  • Marketplace (SAP Marketplaces)
Application Connectivity
  • RFC
  • IDoc
  • Proxy (ABAP and Java)
SAP Industry Business Packages
  • RNIF 2.0 (RosettaNet)
  • RNIF 1.1 (RosettaNet)
  • CIDX (RNIF 1.1)

Available 3rd Party Adapters and Adapter Modules for EHP 1 of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 provided by SAP via Reseller Agreement

As in the past, SAP continues to rely also for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 incl. EHP 1 on partners to provide connectivity solutions for other applications and certain industry standards. With regards to adapters and adapter modules SAP has currently reseller agreements with the companies Informatica, iWay, and SEEBURGER. The connectivity solutions that are covered by the reseller agreements are sold and delivered through SAP, and also technical support for these partner solutions is available via the SAP Support Portal.

SEEBURGER 

From the company SEEBURGER all adapters that are covered by the reseller agreement between SAP and SEEBURGER are already certified for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1; to be more specific, the following SEEBURGER adapters for EHP 1 of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 that are covered by the reseller agreement are available:

Technical EDI Adapters
  • AS2 (EDIINT/HTTP(S))
  • OFTP (OFTP / ISDN, OFTP / TCPIP)
  • VAN Access (P7 / X.400, VAN FTP)
Business EDI Adapters
  • Generic EDI
    Protocol converter for OFTP / ISDN or VAN Access
    Data format converter for ANSI X12, EDIFACT
    Mapping templates for purchase order, invoice etc.
  • Payment
    Protocol converter for OFTP / ISDN, VAN Access
    Data format converter for EDIFACT, SWIFT
    Mapping templates for payment orders, debit advice etc.
Industry specific EDI Adapters
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer Products
  • High-Tech
  • Paper
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Retail

The industry specific EDI adapters contain different mapping templates, huge message catalog with EDI XML schemas, different communication protocol converter as well as various EDI data converter (EDI <-> XML).

Informatica

The SAP Conversion Agent by Informatica is also available for EHP 1 of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. The Conversion Agent adapter module can be used with all SAP's Java based adapters that run on the AAE of EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. The Conversion Agent supports the bi-directional data transformation of the following formats:

Unstructured
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • PDF
  • Star Office
  • Word Perfect
  • ASCII reports
  • HTML
  • EBCDIC
  • Flat files
  • ANSI
  • ...
Semi-structured
  • COBOL
  • HIPAA
  • HL7
  • ...
Print streams
  • Post Script
  • ...
Other standards
  • ACORD (AL3, XML)
  • ebXML
  • ...
iWay

From the company iWay the following adapters are available for EHP 1 of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1:

Application Adapters
  • JD Edwards One World XE 
  • JD Edwards World
  • Oracle Applications
  • Peoplesoft
  • Siebel
Mainframe / transaction adapters
  • CICS
  • TMS / IMS

Further 3rd Party Adapters for EHP 1 of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1

The adapter framework API for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 is public, so everybody is invited to write your own adapters and adapter modules for your own specific needs! You can find more information about the new adapter framework API for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 on the SAP Help Portal or on the SAP Service Marketplace (SMP login required). As mentioned above, no incompatible changes have been in EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 with respect to the Adapter Framework API. Therefore there is no re-certification required for 3rd party adapters that have been already certified for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. Please note however that there are syntactical changes in the Adapter Framework API in comparison to previous releases (SAP PI 7.0, SAP Exchange Infrastructure XI 3.0). Therefore re-certification is required for 3rd party adapters that have been already certified for SAP PI 7.0 or SAP XI 3.0. The SAP - Adapter Framework Certification (NW-XI-AF) is offered by the SAP Integration and Certification Centers around the globe. The certification programs help to ensure the quality of the solutions built independently from SAP by partners and ISVs. The SAP Integration and Certification Centers also publish the up to date list of all currently certified adapters for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 at http://www.sap.com/ecosystem/customers/directories/SearchSolution.epx -> Search for "Third-Party Defined Integration Scenarios" -> choose "NW-XI-AF 7.1 ...".

Outlook: Upcoming adapter enhancements planned for the next version of SAP NetWeaver PI

The following adapter enhancements are currently planned for the next version of SAP NetWeaver PI:

  • Java based IDoc and HTTP adapter
    New, Java based versions of the IDoc and HTTP adapter that run on the AAE are provided. With this additional connectivity options via HTTP and IDoc, for example to ABAP backend systems, can leverage the significant performance enhancements by local processing on the AAE. Please note that the first version of the Java based adapters for IDoc and HTTP won't have the complete functionality of their ABAP based counter parts.
  • Publish / Subscribe messaging for JMS Topics
    The JMS property "topics" is supported in the JMS sender and received adapter. This functionality provides, besides the Integration Directory API, another option to implement publish and subscribe scenarios. The JMS sender adapter will be able to fetch and process messages that are provided for a certain topic by a JMS provider, and the JMS receiver adapter will be able to send messages for a certain topic to a JMS provider. 
  • Large (binary) file-to-file transfer for File/FTP adapter
    A simple streaming mechanism allows to copy very large files of unlimited sizes between two locations. This function will be provided for the file as well as the FTP transport protocol. Please note that in this streaming mechanism no access to the payload, for example for mapping or content based routing, will be possible at runtime.
  • Time-out configuration per communication channel
    Inactive connections to backend systems can be terminated in order to lower the memory consumption and improve the system performance. The configuration can be made for individual communication channels as well as for sender and receiver adapters. 
  • Configurable JDBC message size limits
    The maximum message size and row size that should be processed by SAP NetWeaver PI can be configured in the JDBC sender adapter. This function, which is also planned to be downported to SAP XI 3.0 and SAP PI 7.0, ensures smooth system operations via controlled handling of large JDBC messages.
  • XI message packaging on AAE
    Bulks of XI messages can be sent to the SOAP sender adapter on the AAE. This functionality, which is already available for the Integration Server, will be supported on the AAE and allows an even faster processing of messages.
  • Optional additional message persistence on AAE
    Messages can be persisted on the AAE at multiple points during the pipeline processing. This function, which can be used optionally, ensures better compliance with legal requirements, for example in cases where each transformation of the payload needs to be tracked.

Currently, the start of ramp-up for the next version of SAP NetWeaver PI is planned for 2nd half of 2010.

More the information incl. links to documentation about the available adapters for EHP 1 of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1, the certification programs, outlook to upcoming adapter enhancements etc. can be found in the presentation about the available adapters and adapter modules for EHP 1 of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1.

Do you want to learn more about real life customer stories in the context of SOA (service-oriented architecture)? If yes, please free to join the one hour lecture SOA205 (Phoenix, Vienna)!

Why SOA references? The main goal of this session is to provide you with real life examples about how customers can benefit from using SAP's SOA infrastructure. The focus of my lecture will be on customer scenarios based on SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (PI) 7.1, some of them with SAP enhancement package 1 (EHP 1) for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1, but I also have a couple of examples of scenarios with EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment (CE) 7.1.

Because SOA is a methodology and not a tool that you just can buy from SAP, I will start my lecture with concrete and easy to understand examples about how simple it is to apply SOA principles by using SAP NetWeaver PI or SAP NetWeaver CE. In the beginning of my lecture I will also give you a brief introduction into EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI as well as SAP NetWeaver CE. The main part of my lecture are of course the real customer scenarios in the context of SOA. The presented customers stories will be from the following industries:

 

  • Insurance
  • Retail
  • Measurement Instruments, Process Industry Automation
  • Chemicals, Energy, Real Estate
  • High Tech
  • Materials Technology
  • Oil and Gas

But customers from other industries can also benefit from this lecture by learning how these customers apply SOA principles and leverage the advantages. In my lecture I'll show the customer's objectives, scenarios, challenges, and benefits from using SAP's SOA infrastructure. Furthermore, I will also present the first feedback from the ramp-up projects of EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. 

I am looking forward to meet you at TechEd!

Do you want to learn more about various possibilities how to lower the entry barrier for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration? If yes, please free to join the one hour lecture SOA103 (Phoenix, Vienna)!

What do I mean with "lower the entry barrier for SAP NetWeaver PI? What I want to do in this lecture is to give you an overview about where you can lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) as well as total cost of development (TCD) in your projects with SAP NetWeaver PI. And to be really concrete, I would like to give you specific examples of different areas in which you as of today have the possibilities to lower TCO and TCD in your SAP NetWeaver PI projects. In my lecture I will focus on the following examples:

 

  • Cloud Computing
  • Process Integration Content
  • Advanced Adapter Engine
  • Integration Directory API
  • Documentation, Guides
  • Selected TCO and TCD improvements in EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1

At the end of my lecture I will close with an outlook to upcoming planned areas in which SAP continues to lower TCO and TCD for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration.

I am looking forward to meet you at TechEd!

Do you want to learn more about the roadmap of SAP NetWeaver Process Integration? If yes, please free to join the one hour lecture SOA200 (Phoenix, Vienna)!

In this lecture I will start with a quick overview of the latest adoption numbers for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration including the latest release 7.1 and SAP enhancement package 1 (EHP 1). In order to set the foundation for this lecture, I will continue with a recap of the main functions provided with EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1, which is in unrestricted shipment since end of July 2009. This introduction I will round off with a short demo of EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. In the main part of this lecture I will provide a detailed overview about the benefits and functions delivered with the next release of SAP NetWeaver Process Integration. The enhancements will be provided, as in the previous release, within three capabilities: Enterprise Services Repository and Registry, Service Bus, and SOA Management. At the end of the lecture I want to share with you an outlook to the SOA middleware roadmap.

I am looking forward to meet you at TechEd!

The SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (SAP NetWeaver PI) offering is one of the main building blocks of SAP’s service-oriented architecture (SOA) technology and a key component of the integration environment provided by the SAP NetWeaver technology platform. SAP NetWeaver PI facilitates the integration of systems within a company and service enablement of legacy applications and enables communication with external business partners. Continuing the success story that began with the release of the SAP NetWeaver Exchange Infrastructure component some years ago, the newest release, SAP enhancement package (EHP) 1 for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.1, is available as of July 31, 2009 in unrestricted shipment. With this enhancement package of SAP NetWeaver PI, we continue to enable the usage of SAP NetWeaver PI as the SOA backbone in customer landscapes and offer enhancements to the already available functionality of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. The highlights of this release are:

 

  • Superior SOA design governance with the Enterprise Services Repository and the Services Registry
  • Reduced Total cost of development for service provisioning in the Enterprise Services Repository
  • Higher performance via enabling additional connectivity and routing options in the Advanced Adapter Engine
  • Automated configuration support for A2A- and B2B- scenarios
  • Automated configuration of services in provider and consumer systems

The SAP EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.1 Ramp-Up program was ended with more than 45 shipments to customers and partners and one month earlier than planned on July 31, 2009. During the ramp-up phase five customers in different regions used the software productively, where each installation option (new installation, update to enhancement package, upgrade from earlier releases) has been used by at least one of these customers. Several customers started to use the product already during a beta-shipment phase which was started in December 2008. The smooth start during beta-shipment as well as a tracking of key-customers during ramp-up led to an overall very smooth and successful ramp-up and already 2 reference customers available.

All possible installation options (new installation, update from SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 and upgrade from earlier releases of PI) are supported, giving customers the opportunity to choose the best way to EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 for their needs.  From a logical point of view, SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 consists of an Enterprise Services Repository and Registry, a services bus, and SOA management. The value proposition of SAP EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 according to the three capabilities of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 is the following:

Enterprise Services Repository (ESR) and Services Registry (SR)
  • Superior SOA design governance
  • Further access control measures
  • Reduced TCD for service provisioning in the ESR
Service Bus
  • Enhanced flexibility for the integration developer in defining mediation flows
  • Leverage performance enhancements via additional connectivity options
  • Automated configuration support for A2A/B2B
  • Increased interoperability
SOA Management
  • Enhanced support for end to end monitoring for non-technical users of SAP NetWeaver PI
  • Automated configuration of services in the provider and consumer systems
  • Enhanced migration support

In more detail, the key functions and benefits of SAP EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 are the following:

Enterprise Services Repository (ESR) and Services Registry (SR)
Superior SOA design governance
  • Service interface generation for WSDL import into the ESR
    The import of externally defined WSDL files into the ESR and the creation of service interface objects is supported via a wizard. The service interface definitions can be modified once they are imported into the ESR. The external services can be directly used for proxy generation. Multiple WSDL files can be imported.
  • Classification support in the ESR
    Classifications, which provide an option to add a semantic meaning, can be directly assigned in the ESR to one service interface or to a group of service interfaces. The ESR also allows to search for services by their classifications.
  • Security profile settings for service interfaces
    Security levels can be directly assigned to the service interfaces in the ESR. The security level value is sent to the provider system during proxy generation and defines the minimum security configuration of the service definition.
  • Where–used list in Services Registry
    The Services Registry allows to search for Service Groups. A Service Group bundles all services that are provided by the same logical service provider. If a service definition is assigned to a Service Group, it indicates that the service is used by a consumer. Service Groups can be published in the Services Registry and enable the configuration of multiple services in one go.
  • Add information to services published in the Services Registry
    The publication wizard of the Services Registry supports to classify the published service, add provider system information and a link to the documentation of the service, and add user name and password if the service requires authentication.
Further access control measures
  • User defined usage profiles in the ESR
    The ESR allows to create customized usage profiles to define sets of object types, software component versions and business modeling filters that are of interest to different user groups. The usage profiles can be assigned to specific users, roles, or groups, and are personalized filters that provide a fine granular control of who can view and edit SOA artifacts; with this a simplified user interface is offered since all the other SOA artifacts are hidden.
  • User defined usage profiles in the Services Registry
    The Services Registry supports an elaborate authorization concept for its users and provides user-specific views on the content of the Services Registry. Security permissions can be defined that assign User Management Engine (UME) roles to classifications. Classified service definitions can be accessed only by the users assigned to the permissions that exist for the classifications of the published service definition in the Services Registry.
  • Cleanup of Services Registry
    In the SAP NetWeaver Administrator tasks can be defined that provide information about invalid URLs and URLs that cannot be reached. The jobs can be either scheduled to run on a periodic basis or triggered as an event when required. Based on the information about the unavailable entities it can be decided to either correct a service endpoint or to remove the service definition from the Services Registry.
Reduced TCD for service provisioning in the ESR
  • Generation of outbound interfaces based on inbound interfaces
    The ESR provides a wizard to automatically create an outbound service interface for a given inbound service interface and assign a link between the service interfaces to indicate that the two interfaces match. The outbound service interface and the inbound service interface can reside in the same or in different software component versions.
Service Bus
Enhanced flexibility for the integration developer in defining mediation flows
  • Content based routing in the Advanced Adapter Engine (AAE)
    The integrated configuration, that determines the routing condition for the local processing on the AAE, supports the configuration of different receivers for different message payload values; i. e. a message, that is processed locally on the AAE, can be sent to different receivers depending on values of the message payload.
  • Receiver split in the AAE
    The integrated configuration supports the configuration of multiple receivers; i. e. a message, that is processed locally on the AAE, can be sent to multiple receivers.
  • Operation-dependent receiver determination
    The receiver determination, that determines the routing condition on the Integration Server, supports the definition of different receivers for different operations of the same outbound service interface.
  • Integration Directory API supports new objects types
    The Integration Directory API, that provides a web services based API to access, edit, and activate objects in the Integration Directory, supports new object types and attributes of the Integration Directory that have been introduced with SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1, such as direct connections.
  • Enhanced search for communication channels
    The Integration Directory allows to search for communication channels with adapter type specific attribute values; e. g. to search for communication channels with adapter type File/FTP who have configured a specific file name.
  • Scenario view in Integration Directory
    The scenario view in the Integration Directory allows to group assigned objects according to configuration scenarios.
  • Enhancements of Adapter Engine Java SE
    Remote configuration: The remote configuration allows to add, start, and change remote adapter instances of the Adapter Engine Java SE; a message containing the configuration information is sent from the central Integration Server to the local Adapter Engine Java SE.
    Empty file handling: The empty file handling controls how the File/FTP sender adapter of the Adapter Engine Java SE handles empty files: The messages with empty files can be either processed or stopped with the creation of an error message.
    Prevent overwriting files: The File/FTP receiver adapter of the Adapter Engine Java SE allows to control whether files with names that already exist in the target directory are to be overwritten.
Automated A2A/B2B configuration support
  • Configuration based on Process Component Interaction Models
    The model configurator, that creates the relevant configuration objects in the Integration Directory and groups them in a configuration scenario, allows to use one or multiple Process Component Interaction Models from the Enterprise Services Repository as a template for configuration; i. e. the Model Configurator creates the configuration objects in the Integration Directory based on the SOA artifacts saved in the Process Component Interaction Models together with additional assignments.
Leverage performance enhancements via additional connectivity options
  • XI message protocol is supported in the AAE
    The XI message protocol is supported via the SOAP adapter. With this messages that are sent to or received from ABAP proxies, other AAE's or Partner Connectivity Kits can be processed locally on the AAE. The SOAP adapter is enhanced to accept the XI message protocol.
  • End to end IDoc packaging
    The IDoc sender adapter allows optionally to process an IDoc package that reaches the inbound channel of the Integration Server from sender to receiver as IDoc package, i. e. the IDoc package is not split into single messages that might have to be collected again in an integration process.
  • IDoc conversion adapter module
    The IDoc conversion adapter module allows to convert an IDoc Xml message payload to an IDoc flat file format and vice versa. This IDoc conversion adapter module can be used together with a Java based sender and receiver adapter, optionally with local processing on the AAE, in order to connect to systems with IDoc entry points.
Increased interoperability
  • WS-Secure Conversation 1.3
    This standard defines how to establish and maintain a persistent context for a secure session over which multiple web service invocations might be sent without requiring authentication each time. Currently supported is WS-Secure Conversation for SCT over SSL bootstrap.
SOA Management
Enhanced support for end to end monitoring for non-technical users of SAP NetWeaver PI
  • User-defined message search for business criteria
    A new, user-defined message search is available in the message monitoring that allows to search for business relevant information criteria contained in the message payload, such as salesorder number or customer ID, as well as adapter-specific message attributes, such as file name for the File/FTP adapter. This new, user-defined message search does not require TREX. The previously introduced index-based message payload search using TREX is still available as well.
  • Cross domain message status overview
    The SAP NetWeaver Administrator for PI offers a message overview for all domains that are connected to the SAP NetWeaver Administrator for PI. This enables an overview of the message processing at many levels, from the entire system landscape over domains to individual components, such as Integration Engines, Advanced Adapter Engines, Business Process Engines; therefore this is one further step towards monitoring the overal landscape of SAP NetWeaver PI systems.
  • Process Integration monitoring and configuration capabilities available through SAP Solution Manager
    The SAP Solution Manager, which is is the central, IT role-based administration and monitoring infrastructure accross the whole SAP landscape, provides direct access to main configuration and monitoring capabilities of SAP NetWeaver PI, such as SAP NetWeaver Administrator for PI or SOA Manager.
Automated configuration of services in the provider and consumer systems
  • SOA configuration for connectivity of web services and consumers based on SOA Manager
    The configuration for connectivity enables the configuration of groups of web services and web service clients in one go; i. e. multiple web services and web service clients do not have to be configured individually, but can be assigned to a configuration setting. The configuration is based on reusable objects, such as Service Groups; as mentioned above, Service Groups bundle all services that are provided by the same logical service provider.
Enhanced migration support
  • Enhancement in the migration controller for smooth upgrades of Java proxies to SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1
    The migration controller can automatically modify Java proxy based applications of previous SAP NetWeaver PI releases (SAP PI 7.0, SAP XI 3.0) and deploy the modified proxies to the target location of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1.

More information offered by this enhancement package can be found in the presentation about the key functions and benefits provided by SAP EHP1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. Please see also SAP note 1247043 (SMP login required) about the limitations that currently exist for SAP EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.1. A detailed description about all new functions can be viewed in the Release Notes of SAP EHP1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 on the SAP Help Portal -> choose 'Enhancement Package 1' -> click on 'Release Notes for Usage Type PI'. Please visit also the SAP Enhancement Package 1 for<br>SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.1 on SDN for further details.

Yes, customers use the latest version SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.1 (SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1) already productively! As of November 2008 there are more than 150 productive systems life on SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1, which is by the way in unrestricted shipment since July 25, 2008. Already during the ramp-up of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 we carried out several interviews with customers in order to investigate which scenarios they have implemented and what are the key benefits that SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 provides to them. Find out more information about the key findings with five real customer examples from various industries in the presentation about customer scenarios with SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1; this presentation also includes the main benefits that SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 provides to the customers.

SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 is used for a broad range of business scenarios by our customers. Example scenarios from our SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 customers who we interviewed include:

  • Inventory Replenishment Planning 
  • Electronic invoicing of supplier invoices and logistic services providers
  • Purchase Order Collaboration
  • Exchange of customer data
  • Integration of logistics systems of different electricity providers
  • Electronic order management

The system landscape of our customers is heterogeneous and can consist of many SAP as well as non-SAP applications. Thus SAP NW PI 7.1 is used productively for the integration of non-SAP systems with non-SAP systems, non-SAP systems with SAP applications, as well as SAP- with SAP systems. In fact, one of the first scenarios that went life on SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 is based on the integration of two non-SAP applications with each other. And the first customer, who went life with SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1, set a high volume scenario productively within 3 weeks and Unrestricted Shipment of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 as of July 25 overnight  with response times of around 200ms for an end to end B2B transaction. In other customer scenarios up to 250,000 messages per day with single message sizes of up to 80 MB including an extensive usage of integration processes are carried out via SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.1.

SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 provides many benefits for our customers. Some of the key benefits that we found in our customer interviews are the following:

  • Superior governance with the Enterprise Services Repository, such as usage of process models, and Service Registry for both SAP as well as non-SAP services
  • Great performance via local processing on Advanced Adapter Engine as well as message packaging
  • Enhanced developer productivity, such as re-factoring capabilities in message mapping, modelling enhancements for mappings and integration processes, and faster configuration for local processing on Advanced Adapter Engine
  • New functions, such as XML payload validation
  • Much faster installation (below 3 hours) and reduced sizing
  • Out of the box process templates and integration content available for SAP NW PI 7.1
  • Integrated lifecycle management via CTS+ (Enhanced Change and Transport System)

With these and many other key benefits more and more customers choose SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 as their central and strategic integration platform. Thus customers replace and migrate 3rd party middlewares to use one integration platform, namely SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1, for both SAP and non-SAP systems.

Find out more information about five real customer examples from different industries in the presentation about customer scenarios with SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. The customer examples include scenarios with new installation and migration of content as well as upgrade scenarios to SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. The presentation also includes the main benefits that SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 provides to the customers. Four of these 5 customers are life on SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. Besides these real customer examples we carried out further interviews with customers in order to discover certain trends when using SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. The observed trends incl. some of the planned improvements for the future are included at the end of this presentation. And last but not least, stay tuned for upcoming success stories for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1!

Yes, customers use SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (SAP NetWeaver PI) in high volume scenarios and process large amount of messages! In a survey carried out together with SDN, ASUG (Americas' SAP User Group), and DSAG (German Speaking SAP User Group) customers reported about processing of more than 100 million messages per month with single message sizes of up to 120 MB. And the first customer, who went life with the latest release SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1, set a high volume scenario life within 3 weeks and Unrestricted Shipment of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 as of July 25 overnight  with response times of around 200ms for an end to end B2B transaction! Find out more information on 4 real life customer examples in the presentation about high volume scenarios with SAP NetWeaver PI. The customer stories include examples for high volume scenarios based on the three currently supported SAP NetWeaver PI releases: SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1, SAP PI 7.0 as well as SAP Exchange Infrastructure 3.0.

Besides the real life customer scenarios the presentation provides information about our latest performance enhancements incl. benchmark results, e. g. message packaging and the Advanced Adapter Engine (AAE). The AAE is a natural further development of the Adapter Engine from previous SAP PI 7.0 / SAP XI 3.0 releases and allows local processing on the Java stack only, since the AAE supports mapping, routing, and XML validation; this local processing leads to substantial performance enhancements in SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. Therefore, in general we recommend to use the latest release SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. More information about factors that influence performance with SAP NetWeaver PI, such as sizing or tuning parameters, are listed at the end of the presentation. And last but not least, stay tuned for upcoming performance tests for SAP enhancement package 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1!

Introduction 

As many of you know, the new release SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.1 (SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1) is in unrestricted shipment since July 25th, 2008. You might also have heard that the underlying Application Server Java (version 7.1) is compliant to the Java EE 5 specification. Due to this the Adapter Framework API has changed. The good news is that the changes are merely syntactically, however all adapters and adapter modules have to be modified in order to run on SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. With this blog I would like to give clear answers to the questions, that you might have, which adapters and adapter modules are available as of today for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1, and which adapters are planned to be available in the near future. You can find all the information below as well as additional useful infos and links in the presentation about available Adapters and Adapter Modules for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1.

Available Adapters for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 developed by SAP

To continue with the good news, all adapters incl. their own modules developed by SAP are available as of today for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. To make it more clear, the following adapters developed by SAP are supported with SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 today:

Technical Connectivity for communication with SAP and non-SAP systems
  • File/FTP (File Systems / FTP Servers)
  • JDBC (RDBMS systems)
  • JMS (Messaging systems, e. g. MQSeries, SonicMQ)
  • SOAP (Web Services based on SOAP)
  • WS-RM (Web Services based on WS Reliable Messaging)
  • Plain HTTP
  • Mail (Mail Servers via SMTP, IMAP4, POP3)
  • SAP Business Connector (SAP BC)
  • Marketplace (SAP Marketplaces)
Application Connectivity
  • RFC
  • IDoc
  • Proxy (ABAP and Java)
SAP Industry Business Packages
  • RNIF 2.0 (RosettaNet)
  • RNIF 1.1 (RosettaNet)
  • CIDX (RNIF 1.1)

Available 3rd Party Adapters and Adapter Modules for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 provided by SAP via Reseller Agreement

As in the past, SAP continues to rely also for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 on partners to provide connectivity solutions for other applications and certain industry standards. With regards to adapters and adapter modules SAP has currently reseller agreements with the companies Informatica, iWay, and SEEBURGER. The connectivity solutions that are covered by the reseller agreements are sold and delivered through SAP, and also technical support for these partner solutions is available via the SAP Support Portal.

SEEBURGER 

From the company SEEBURGER all adapters that are covered by the reseller agreement between SAP and SEEBURGER are already certified for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1; to be more specific, the following SEEBURGER adapters for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 that are covered by the reseller agreement are available:

Technical EDI Adapters
  • AS2 (EDIINT/HTTP(S))
  • OFTP (OFTP / ISDN, OFTP / TCPIP)
  • VAN Access (P7 / X.400, VAN FTP)
Business EDI Adapters
  • Generic EDI
    Protocol converter for OFTP / ISDN or VAN Access
    Data format converter for ANSI X12, EDIFACT
    Mapping templates for purchase order, invoice etc.
  • Payment
    Protocol converter for OFTP / ISDN, VAN Access
    Data format converter for EDIFACT, SWIFT
    Mapping templates for payment orders, debit advice etc.
Industry specific EDI Adapters
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer Products
  • High-Tech
  • Paper
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Retail

The industry specific EDI adapters contain different mapping templates, huge message catalog with EDI XML schemas, different communication protocol converter as well as various EDI data converter (EDI <-> XML).

Informatica

The SAP Conversion Agent by Informatica is also available for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. The Conversion Agent adapter module can be used with all SAP's Java based adapters that run on the Advanced Adapter Engine (AAE) of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. The Advanced Adapter Engine is a natural further development of the Adapter Engine from previous SAP PI 7.0 / SAP XI 3.0 releases and allows local processing on the Java stack only, since the AAE supports mapping, routing, and XML validation; the local processing leads to substantial High Volume support in PI 7.1. The Conversion Agent supports the bi-directional data transformation of the following formats:

Unstructured
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • PDF
  • Star Office
  • Word Perfect
  • ASCII reports
  • HTML
  • EBCDIC
  • Flat files
  • ANSI
  • ...
Semi-structured
  • COBOL
  • HIPAA
  • HL7
  • ...
Print streams
  • Post Script
  • ...
Other standards
  • ACORD (AL3, XML)
  • ebXML
  • ...
iWay

From the company iWay the following adapters are planned to be available for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 in the near future:

Application Adapters
  • JD Edwards One World XE 
  • JD Edwards World
  • Oracle Applications
  • Peoplesoft
  • Siebel
Mainframe / transaction adapters
  • CICS
  • TMS / IMS

Further 3rd Party Adapters for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1

The adapter framework API for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 is public, so everybody is invited to write your own adapters and adapter modules for your own specific needs! You can find more information about the new adapter framework API for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 on the SAP Help Portal or on the SAP Service Marketplace (SMP login required). The SAP - Adapter Framework Certification (NW-XI-AF) is also already offered by the SAP Integration and Certification Centers around the globe. The certification programs help to ensure the quality of the solutions built independently from SAP by partners and ISVs. The SAP Integration and Certification Centers also publish the up to date list of all currently certified adapters for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 at http://www.sap.com/ecosystem/customers/directories/SearchSolution.epx -> Search for "Third-Party Defined Integration Scenarios" -> choose "NW-XI-AF 7.1 ...".

More the information incl. links to documentation about the new adapter framework API for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1, the certification programs etc. can be found in the presentation about the available Adapters and Adapter Modules for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1.

Hello,

do you want to experience how SOA middleware feels like in reality as of today? If yes, please free to join the 2 hour lecture session SOA218 (Vegas, Berlin, Bangalore) which is full of deep dive live demos!

SOA Middleware is comprised of three main building blocks: the Enterprise Services Repository and Registry, the Service Bus, and SOA Management capabilities. These capabilities are delivered via two product bundles to our customers, mainly SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment and SAP NetWeaver Process Integration. In this session we will go through a complete demo starting from service provisioning in the ESR, implementing that service in an ABAP backend, configuring that service, all the way through to consuming that service in the SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment. We will also look at a mediated service call and how it can be mediated via the process integration layer. The session will be mainly focused on demos to explain the major concepts of SOA Middleware.

The session is taught by Sindhu Gangadharan and myself. If you have additional questions or feedback to the sessions, don't hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to meet you at TechEd!

Kind regards, Sindhu and Udo

Hello,

do you want to learn more about how SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.1, which is in unrestricted shipment since July 2008, as well as the lates version of the SEEBURGER adapters support the integration based on the widely adopted EDI industry standard? If yes, please free to join the 2 hour hands-on session SOA261 (Vegas, Berlin, Bangalore)!

In this session you will hear about real customer scenarios and the benefits of SAP's and SEEBURGER's complete solution offerings. These solutions embrace the support of typical communication protocols, such as AS2 and OFTP, as well as content, such as mappings between EDIFACT and IDoc, to allow an out-of-the box integration of business partners. During the exercise you will get your hands on the new version 2.0 of SEEBURGER EDI adapters, including Enterprise Services Repository content for the new release SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. 

If you have additional questions or feedback to the sessions, don't hesitate to contact me. I am looking forward to meet you at TechEd!

Kind regards, Udo

Introduction

In Q4 of 2006, Informatica, a Redwood City, California-based leading provider of data integration software, announced its acquisition of Itemfield, makers of Conversion Agent. This acquisition will enable Informatica to offer its customers the most comprehensive data integration platform available today. Informatica will continue to support and further develop Itemfield's Conversion Agent offerings for SAP. And, in the coming months, Conversion Agent customers can look forward to realizing important benefits from the integration of Informatica and Itemfield R&D, support, and field operations. One immediate benefit will be the ability to leverage Informatica’s leading WW support and developer network, with over 15,000 members in 30 countries.

Conversion Agent Highlights

Conversion Agent automates the conversion and integration of unstructured data into SAP applications, including content authored using personal productivity products such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat. Over 80% of data within enterprises is estimated to be in a broad array of such unstructured formats, including Microsoft Word and Excel as well as Adobe PDF file formats.

Near-Universal Access to Unstructured Data

Conversion Agent enables near-universal access to unstructured and semi-structured data without requiring any custom programming. Conversion Agent includes built-in support for unstructured data authored using Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Postscript, PCL, SUN StarOffice, AFP and HTML. With the combination of SAP NetWeaver Process Integration and Conversion Agent technology enables customers to automate the entire data integration lifecycle to access, discover, cleanse, integrate all their data – unstructured, semi-structured and structured – into SAP core applications.

B2B or Cross-Enterprise Data Exchange

Today’s inter-connected business environment requires enterprises to exchange data with customers, suppliers and partners. To facilitate data exchange, industry-specific standards bodies have established data formats such as SWIFT, NACHA, ACORD, HIPAA and HL7. Effective data exchange between enterprises requires flexible support for multiple versions and variants of these data formats. Based on a unique meta-parser technology, Conversion Agent delivers an adaptable environment to best address these requirements.Over 150 customers use Conversion Agent technology to access and integrate unstructured and semi-structured data. These customers include American Airlines; leading financial institution Natexis Bank; and healthcare IT services company, McKesson.

More information

...can be found in this SAP Conversion overview presentation.

Credits

I like to thank Anne Kiefer (info development for SAP) as well as Joe Schwartz from Informatica for their contribution for this blog and the presentation above.

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