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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.


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
  • 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).


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:

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • PDF
  • Star Office
  • Word Perfect
  • ASCII reports
  • HTML
  • Flat files
  • ANSI
  • HL7
Print streams
  • Post Script
Other standards
  • ACORD (AL3, XML)
  • ebXML

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 -> 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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  1. Bhavesh Kantilal
    Hello Udo,
    Can you provide a blog post / article on what the module changes actually are?

    Maybe by taking a example of the module coded in PI 7.0 and then what would the change in the code on PI 7.1 be? This would be a start for us to understand what we need to do with our modules on PI 7.0 as we start migrations to 7.1


    1. Udo Paltzer Post author
      Hello Bhavesh,

      first thank you very much for your response and feedback, great! Yes, actually in the presentation “Available Adapters and Adapter Modules for SAP NW PI 7.1”, which is linked in the blog, you can find on page 17 under the bullet point “Adapter and Adapter Module Development with SAP NW PI 7.1 incl. migration notes for PI 7.0/XI 3.0 adapters and modules” and
      a link to the SAP note 1004000. In this SAP note an Excel sheet “”, which nicely describes for each adapter framework API whether the API has been deleted in SAP NW PI 7.1, not changed, changed to, or whether it is a new API.

      I hope this excel sheet comes close to what you are looking for. Please let me know if you have any further questions or comments, thank you!

      Best regards, Udo

  2. Former Member

    The main changes are to make sure all the code developed with 1.4, is in compliance with the java 5.0, dont use the AuditMessageKey(among others),i think i just finished ensuring some of my adapter are compliant with 7.1, wasnt too bad.

    Ravi Raman

  3. Former Member
    Hi Udo Paltzer,
    i need to transfer data(ex:sales order)from sap to  mainframe system.
    so how can i achive the connectivity between sap to non-sap system.
    I am working in ecc6.0. for my requirment which adapter will be suitable. How that EDI adapter will work, try to send me the needful info because i am new for this EDI ADAPTERS usage.I know the basic things in ALE\IDOC.
    From ur doccument iknown some of the ADAPTERS.
    but i don’t know wheather those adapters will be suitable for ecc6.0 or not and those are seperate softwares or not.So i hope u will forward the required doccuments and links for my requirment. or otherwise u can send any doccument with clear that i can understand the scenario.
    So please push me in this area.
    1. Former Member
      Just saw your message, maybe it’s old and already resolved… You are talking ‘mainframe’. I guess you are talking an IBM system based application, CICS, COBOL, IMS etc., running on z/OS. If this is the case, I would use MQSeries, installed on z/OS (for that matter could also be iOS, Linux, Solaris, MS Server etc., since IBM supports MQSeries on ANY OS) and install MQ Series on your SAP platform (again any OS possible). You could communicate with XI/PI through the JMS interface to your MQSeries interface. MQ gives you assured messaged delivery (layer 4) and acknowledgements between the two MQ components. MQ is very robust, and I have used it many times on various platforms. Your have to do some engineering, but it will be rock-solid.
      1. Former Member
        Follow up: in case your client has an established IBM WebSphere ESB installation on their mainframe side, you could interface from XI/PI directly with the JMS interface to WS ESB, without using MQSeries!

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