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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 NetWeaver - 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.

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