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New EDI Approach for SAP NetWeaver® Process Integration

In light of recent economic uncertainties around the world, many companies are keeping a closer eye on operating expenses and trimming budgets by finding ways to consolidate business processes. For SAP customers, the clear answer to integrating internal and external processes is SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (SAP NetWeaver PI).  More than 3,000 organizations have decided to use the SAP NetWeaver PI offering as their business-oriented SOA middleware to perform application-to-application (A2A) and business-to-business (EDI and B2B) integration across a business network. It includes an Enterprise Services Repository, an enterprise services bus, pre-packaged integration templates, and technical and application adaptors to support end-to-end process integration.

SAP NetWeaver PI goes beyond a pure technology focus with pre-packaged business integration templates such as integration scenarios, process components, interface description and global data types…etc. to reduce organizations’ integration TCO, enabling customers to focus on the integrated business results.
SAP NetWeaver PI customers can also choose an on demand EDI approach for B2B integration that does not require additional investments in building mappings, software, servers or hiring staff to maintain trading partner connectivity. This alternative approach to EDI maintains an SAP-compliant strategy while reducing the current and ongoing costs of supporting ever-changing B2B requirements.  This approach is fully aligned with SAP NetWeaver and Service-oriented Architecture. And unlike in-house B2B solutions where time and materials costs can quickly skyrocket out of control, this business model offers fixed-price predictability.
These services, powered by SAP also provides turnkey service extensions for SAP ERP, SAP Business All-In-One, SAP Business ByDesign, SAP Supply Network Collaboration, SAP Transportation Management, and a variety of other SAP solutions.
2.7 new customers every working day choose SAP NetWeaver PI to help them integrate their processes across application and business partner network without being mired in technical integration hurdles,” says Ken Tsai, Director, Enterprise Solution Marketing, SAP NetWeaver PI.
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  • I was a part of a team that performed a comprehensive check of the features provided by the suite offered by SAP /Seeburger for EDI Integration. I ended up being a grumpy user / developer.
    SAP Provides supports for 2 levels of licenses and in case you need a full blown EDI Integration with other important components like message tracker etc, its costs more and another license.

    The more I worked, the more difficult I found this to be – message tracking forms a significant part of EDI process flow and having to maintain custom tables with Transaction control numbers and Idoc numbers for the 997 Ack’s and so on was my biggest grouse. I think this needs to be addressed and evaluated strongly by organizations planning to go for a full blown B2B integration using SAP XI.


    • SAP’s concept of “Business Network Transformation” is designed to greatly simplify the way traditional EDI and B2B projects are implemented, while significantly reducing the time and costs.  I would encourage you to contact any of the SAP Netweaver SEs and ask them about using Netweaver for EDI and B2B.
  • Does Crossgate have any plans to expand into the Australian region? Virtually every large company in this country runs SAP, and many use XI also. Also, although you would never know it from the doomsaying in the Australian press, the recession in Australia is nowhere near as bad as in, say, the UK and America.
    • Yes, Crossgate already supports EDI and B2B connectivity to companies in Australia. Crossgate is co-owned by SAP and will support SAP customers wherever they are.