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Release Recommendation for SAP NetWeaver Process Integration

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

 

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Udo,

      good information here.  I have a question regarding our landscape and PI compatibility.  We have ECC 6.0 and PI 7.0.  We are bringing ERP 6.0 EHP4/NetWeaver 7.01 into our landscape, will this be compatible with PI 7.0?

      Author's profile photo Udo Paltzer
      Udo Paltzer
      Blog Post Author
      Hello,

      yes, enhancement packages in general contain compatible changes only. Therefore SAP NetWeaver PI 7.01 is compatible to SAP NetWeaver PI 7.0; and Process Integration content for SAP ERP 6.0, that runs with SAP NetWeaver PI 7.0, also runs with SAP NetWeaver PI 7.01. If there would be any problems, they would have to be fixed; in this case the best way is to open a support message on the SAP Support Portal.

      I hope this info helps.
      Best regards, Udo

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      I have heard very soon (may be before 2010) PI will be replaced by webmethods as SAP Strategic midddleware.Is this true?
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      Former Member
      Manish~

      Had met up Vishal in the SAP Mentor meetings. Posed the same question. Except - Webmethods was never in consideration in the rumor mill, but it was TIB. Vishal confirmed it was not to be the case. Anyways, nobody will be betting on Webmethods.

      Best regards

      Kartik~

      Author's profile photo Udo Paltzer
      Udo Paltzer
      Blog Post Author
      Hello Manish, hello Kartik,

      currently we plan to start the ramp-up of a next version of SAP NetWeaver PI in the second half of 2010. There are several enhancements planned, I have provided some more information in my response above to Air. And we had the lecture SOA200 on TechEd this year, in which we provided some more details. Furthermore I hope that beginning of next year we can share more information about the next version of SAP NetWeaver PI here on SDN. So please stay tuned. And please understand that as usual SAP does not comment on any rumors. I hope this information helps. Just let me know if you have any further questions.

      Best regards, Udo

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      I hope what u are sayong is true. Pl look at this
      SOALogix Acquisition Muddies the Waters on the Future of SAP NetWeaver PI from

      http://www.gartner.com/DisplayDocument?id=1267315&ref=g_fromdoc

      Author's profile photo Udo Paltzer
      Udo Paltzer
      Blog Post Author
      Hello Manish,

      SAP acquired SOALogix as a special-purpose solution with application-specific content for the interoperability of SAP's Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) applications with other products for specialized, PPM-specific use cases. While there is some overlap with a portion of SAP NetWeaver PI, this acquisition is not relevant to the strategic direction of SAP NetWeaver PI.

      I hope this info helps.
      Best regards, Udo

      Author's profile photo Parvez khan
      Parvez khan
      Hi Udo,

      Is there any compatibility chart or recommendation for the customers who are on ERP<ECC 6.0 (for example 4.6, 4.7 etc).Which release is recommended for specific release and what release are not recommended.
      Any information on this would be very helpful.

      Thanks and Regards,
      Parvez

      Author's profile photo Alejandro Maldonado
      Alejandro Maldonado
      Hello Udo,

      A customer is planning an upgrade of XI 3.0. I think that your recomendation is upgrade to PI 7.1, is it correct? What about compatibility interfaces, do we have to take a special care in a specific kind of them?
      Thanks in advance

      Author's profile photo Udo Paltzer
      Udo Paltzer
      Blog Post Author
      Hello Alejandro,

      yes, exactly, we recommend to go to the latest version of SAP NetWeaver PI, and that is currently EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. You can either do an upgrade or a migration (install EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 on a separate box and migrate scenarios from the previous instance to the new installation). The interfaces are compatible, you basically need to make sure to test all your scenarios after the upgrade or migration; especially if you have written Java extensions in your mappings, you need to test whether these mappings have the same behaviour on the new SAP NetWeaver PI instance which runs on a newer Java Application Server which is compatible to Java EE 5. Also customer specific adapters and adapter modules need to be adjusted to the newer Adapter Framework based on Java EE 5. You can find more information in the user documentation.

      I hope this helps. Just let me know if there are any further questions.

      Best regards, Udo

      Author's profile photo Arie Koedood
      Arie Koedood
      Hi Udo,

      Do you know if there is a next version of PI in the pipeline, i.e. 7.2. OR is it the case that the version will stay on 7.1 and roll out enhancement packs like the strategy for ECC?

      If it is the case that we will see 7.2 released in 2010/11, do you know what the key dates are for this release?

      Cheers
      Arie

      Author's profile photo Udo Paltzer
      Udo Paltzer
      Blog Post Author
      Hi Arie,

      yes, currently we plan to start ramp-up of the next version of SAP NetWeaver PI in the second half of 2010. There are several enhancements planned, again for all three capabilities of SAP NetWeaver PI:

      1. Enterprise Services (ES) Repository and Registry:
      1.1 Simpler and more efficient provisioning and consumption of Enterprise Services, such as
      - User-centric perspective in the ES Repository
      - Usability improvements in the Services Registry
      - Mass import of external data types in the ES Repository
      - Mass publication of services from ES Repository to Services Registry
      - Automated support for connecting ES Repository on SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment to an existing SAP NetWeaver PI instance
      - Find SOA assets by documentation in the ES Repository
      - Search console and service variants for lean consumption

      1.2 Unified provisioning of business events:
      - Definition, implementation, configuration, monitoring and subscription of events

      2. Service Bus:
      2.1 High performance using Advanced Adapter Engine (AAE), improved robustness via resource optimizations, such as:
      - IDoc- and HTTP- adapters available on the AAE
      - Multi-mapping message split on the AAE
      - XI message packaging on the AAE
      - Large (binary) file-to-file transfer
      - Configurable JDBC message size limits
      - Time-out configuration per communication channel
      - Automated transport for XML schema validation
      - Logical receiver determination for non-PI scenarios

      2.2 Low-touch integration via standards based interoperability, such as:
      - Publish / Subscribe messaging for JMS Topics
      - Support for Java SE6
      - Standards based interoperability with Microsoft .NET 3.5

      3. SOA Management:
      3.1 Greater visibility into the SOA landscape through a centralized monitoring environment, such as:
      - PI scenarios visible within the SAP Solution Manager (currently planned for version 7.1 of SAP Solution Manager)
      - PI monitoring via "Good Morning" page in SAP Solution Manager (currently planned for version 7.1 of SAP Solution Manager)
      - New and enhanced monitoring capabilities
      - Optional additional message persistence on the AAE

      3.2 Finer access control over the operations of the SOA landscape, such as:
      - Flexible security authorizations model
      - Enhanced logging and tracing on the Application Server Java

      I hope this brief overview gives some information about what is planned for the next version of SAP NetWeaver PI. We had the lecture SOA200 on TechEd this year, in which we provided some more details. And I hope that beginning of next year we can share more information about the next version of SAP NetWeaver PI here on SDN. So please stay tuned ...

      Best regards, Udo