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New service extensions that support the EDI and B2B requirements of the Supplier Network Collaboration (SNC) solution from SAP have been released. These new  services support a new paradigm of EDI and B2B, and make the implementations of supply chains and trading partner communities faster, easier and less expensive for SAP customers. This new paradigm takes advantage of several maturing standards, eSOA, ESR (enterprise service oriented architectures) and SAP Netweaver.

SAP and their BPO partner for EDI/B2B have jointly developed and released a set of core service extensions in support of the SAP® Supply Network Collaboration (SAP SNC) application.

These services are a set of predefined service extensions designed for use with SAP applications. These service extensions provides access to more than 40,000 trading partners around the world that SAP customers can connect to and collaborate with.

“Powered by SAP these service extensions provide a turnkey integration solution that offers clear benefits in terms of time to value and total cost of ownership for customers. EDI and B2B integration with SAP SNC can be realized in a simple and very efficient manner.

“…companies have the ability to electronically integrate suppliers and customers, without having to push mapping standards toward them,” said Lori Mitchell-Keller, senior vice president, Suite Solution Management, SAP. “The result is an increased level of end-to-end integration with global suppliers.”

Developing collaborative relationships is not always easy, since each partner has different technical capabilities and communication standards. Being able to integrate an entire network of suppliers with a single connection gives companies a measurable increase in process excellence and operational efficiency. These service extensions allow companies to quickly respond to upcoming business demands to integrate a new supplier or replace an existing trading partner for scenarios such as multi location visibility, forecast collaboration, supplier managed inventory or production progress reporting, without costly and labor-intensive change management or time and material integration projects.

From a technical perspective, these service extensions are designed for use with SAP Supply Network Collaboration and feature out-of-the-box integration to EDIFACT, X12, industry-specific XML standards and a turnkey integration of trading partner-specific data formats for industries including high tech, consumer products and automotive.

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