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Customers continue to adopt SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (SAP NetWeaver PI) 7.1 including enhancement package 1 (EHP 1) in their productive landscapes. As of December 2009 already around one third of all customers of SAP NetWeaver PI are life on either SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 or EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1. I. e. as of December 2009 more than 760 customers use SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 (including EHP 1) productively, distributed over more than 1000 live installations of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 or EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1.

With this strong adoption of SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 including EHP 1 I would like to provide you here with more examples of real customer scenarios in which SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 or EHP 1 for SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 is used productively. As in the Real Customer Scenarios with SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.1 I would like to share with you customer examples from different industries. In the new presentation about real customer scenarios with SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 including EHP 1 you can find seven customer examples from the following industries:

 

  • Insurance
  • Retail
  • Measurement Instruments, Process Industry Automation
  • Chemicals, Energy, Real Estate
  • High Tech
  • Materials Technology
  • Oil and Gas

The presentation about the life customer examples includes information about the scenarios that these customers have implemented as well as the main benefits that are provided by SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 including EHP 1 to the customers. The system landscape of our customers is heterogeneous and can consist of many SAP as well as non-SAP applications. Thus SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 including EHP 1 is used productively for the integration of non-SAP systems with non-SAP systems, non-SAP systems with SAP applications, as well as SAP- with SAP systems. And more and more customers choose SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 as their central and strategic integration platform and replace and migrate 3rd party middlewares to use one integration platform, namely SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1, for both SAP and non-SAP systems.

SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 including EHP 1 is used for a broad range of business scenarios by our customers. Since SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 is, besides SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment (CE) 7.1, essential part of SAP’s SOA (service-oriented architecture) infrastructure, customers can use SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 to apply SOA principles. To make it more transparent, I give you here some examples about SOA principles that are commonly adopted by customers:

 

  • Apply a governed and model driven approach for service provisioning and service consumption
  • Design SOA artifacts in the Enterprise Services Repository
  • Leverage re-usable Enterprise Services (either provided by SAP or custom built)
  • Publish services (SAP and non-SAP) to Services Registry
  • Service enable legacy applications

Troughout the presentation about productive customer scenarios with SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 including EHP 1 you can find examples on how these customers apply those SOA principles and pave their way to a service-oriented architecture.

At the end of this blog I would like to point you to two further sources of information:

 

And stay tuned for the upcoming next version of SAP NetWeaver PI. At TechEd 2009 we already announced the most important planned benefits, more details will be provided soon. The ramp-up for the next version of SAP NetWeaver PI is currently planned for the second half of 2010.

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  1. Former Member
    Thanks Udo very informative and positive news regarding customer adoption of PI, particularly in light of Gartner’s recent rather uninformed article on the future of PI.
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    1. Udo Paltzer Post author
      Hello Philip,

      thank you very much, I am glad you enjoy the customer related informataion about the continuous usage of SAP NetWeaver PI !

      Yes, regarding the future of SAP NetWeaver PI I can give you the following information:

      SAP remains committed to SAP NetWeaver PI. We have continued to invest in it and are planning to deliver continuous improvements through both enhancement packs and new releases. Our recent SAP Enhancement Package 1 released in Q1 2009 delivered improved quality, performance and TCO, with many customers in diverse industries having upgraded to it for production use. SAP’s next major release of SAP NetWeaver PI is planned to include several new capabilities based on customer feedback, that were presented at TechEd 2009. Please refer to the session presentation on SAP NetWeaver PI Roadmap (SOA200).

      I hope this information helps. Just let me know if you have any questions.

      Best regards, Udo

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        1. Udo Paltzer Post author
          Hello Ivan,

          yes, I can understand completely your concerns, but please find here our official response to this report:

          First and foremost, SAP remains committed to SAP NetWeaver PI. We have continued to invest in it and are planning to deliver continuous improvements through both enhancement packs and new releases. Our recent SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 Enhancement Pack 1 released in Q1 2009 delivered improved quality, performance and TCO, with many customers in diverse industries having upgraded to it for production use. SAP’s next major release of SAP NetWeaver PI is planned to include several new capabilities based on customer feedback, that were presented at TechEd 2009. Please refer to the session presentation on SAP NetWeaver Process Integration Roadmap (SOA200).

          Our planned strategic direction for this family of products includes a variety of several significant new capabilities for end-to-end process orchestration, including complex event processing, business activity monitoring, and more. Additionally, in conjunction with SAP BusinessObjects products, SAP plans to include novel capabilities for Operational BI, which represents the convergence of integration, BPM and BI technologies that enable intelligent business processes, with a closed loop from insight to action.

          Finally, a note of clarification on our recent acquisition of SOALogix relative to SAP NetWeaver PI and other SAP NetWeaver products. 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. This acquisition is not pertinent to the strategic direction of SAP NetWeaver PI or our general purpose SAP NetWeaver solutions.

          We hope that this clarifies any questions you might have had about SAP NetWeaver PI, the SOALogix acquisition and our strategic direction. We look forward to providing additional details of our products and plans when they are finalized through 2010.

          I hope this info helps. Just let me know if you have any further questions.
          Best regards, Udo

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  2. Former Member
    Hi UDO,

    Thanks for replying so promptly for every message. One of the problems we are facing and eventually evry company will face is to react on Gartners report. Gartner is a very respected neutral analyst firm and people will make stratgeic decision based on that. And whatever they have published is also not untrue. The biggest one is no roadmap for PI other than releasing next version in mid 2010. Also as they have written in the 2009 teched for PI it was a repeat of 2008 with hardly anything which speaks about its future prospects. If SAP realy wants to stick to PI it should as soon as possible release a roadmap, otherwise things will start to turn against PI pretty soon

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    1. Udo Paltzer Post author
      Hi Manish,

      I can understand your concerns, so please let me give you the following information: I will copy below SAP’s official response to the above mentioned report. In short, SAP has a roadmap for SAP NetWeaver PI, and as announced at TechEd 2009, we plan to deliver the next version of SAP NetWeaver PI in the 2nd half of 2010. There are quite some new enhancements 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 in a couple of weeks we can share more information about the next version of SAP NetWeaver PI here on SDN. So please stay tuned. Furthermore, we already plan to start the portfolio process for an enhancement package of this next release, planned to be available 2011 (dates might still change).

      And finally, please find here our official response to the above mentioned report:

      First and foremost, SAP remains committed to SAP NetWeaver PI. We have continued to invest in it and are planning to deliver continuous improvements through both enhancement packs and new releases. Our recent SAP NetWeaver PI 7.1 Enhancement Pack 1 released in Q1 2009 delivered improved quality, performance and TCO, with many customers in diverse industries having upgraded to it for production use. SAP’s next major release of SAP NetWeaver PI is planned to include several new capabilities based on customer feedback, that were presented at TechEd 2009. Please refer to the session presentation on SAP NetWeaver Process Integration Roadmap (SOA200).

      Our planned strategic direction for this family of products includes a variety of several significant new capabilities for end-to-end process orchestration, including complex event processing, business activity monitoring, and more. Additionally, in conjunction with SAP BusinessObjects products, SAP plans to include novel capabilities for Operational BI, which represents the convergence of integration, BPM and BI technologies that enable intelligent business processes, with a closed loop from insight to action.

      Finally, a note of clarification on our recent acquisition of SOALogix relative to SAP NetWeaver PI and other SAP NetWeaver products. 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. This acquisition is not pertinent to the strategic direction of SAP NetWeaver PI or our general purpose SAP NetWeaver solutions.

      We hope that this clarifies any questions you might have had about SAP NetWeaver PI, the SOALogix acquisition and our strategic direction. We look forward to providing additional details of our products and plans when they are finalized through 2010.

      I hope this info helps. Just let me know if you have any further questions.
      Best regards, Udo

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