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I am just back from Sapphire 2012, Orlando with all the discussions and sessions revolving around the future of PI and where we are heading with the product. Although Sapphire was all about HANA, Cloud and Mobility, on-premise products like PI made some space for discussions.

It was a pleasure meeting Udo Paltzer and Eduardo Chiocconi who shared their opinion about where we are heading with PI. I also shared some good time with Daniel Graversen. Here is the brief overview of the learnings.

PI Current Statistics

  • PI 7.31 is now in GA since the Sapphire. During the ramp-up, 6 customers went live with the combined Process Orchestration product.
  • There are currently 4461 customers using PI in their production environment. 180 new production customers are being added every quarter. This would mean an average of 2-3 go-lives every working day.
  • With the companies concentrating more and more on Sustainability drive, the new PI Java only version is claiming a 60% reduction in the energy consumption.
  • SP04 of PI 7.31 will be available by end of June with some interesting additional features. More about it in section below.

Questionnaire

A lot of questions were answered during the sessions and discussions. Here are a few:

Q: Is SAP planning to provide a tool for migration of ccBPM scenarios from dual-stack to Java-only stack?

A: As expected, the answer was No. However, by the end of year, guidelines and recommendation will be provided for the migration.

Q: How will the B2B add-on affect the partners offering like Seeburger? With the upgrade to newer versions of PI, does SAP recommend to move to B2B add-ons?

A: If you have already invested on Seeburger, you should stick with it as these adapters will still be supported in future versions. As there is an additional license required for the add-ons, it wouldn’t be a cost-effective solution to move to new adapters.

Q: What is the roadmap for PI in cloud.

A: PI itself won’t be moved to cloud solution. As the underlying architecture for PI was based for on-premise product, moving the same architecture to cloud wouldn’t be an efficient integration solution. I have lot more to talk about this. Wait for the next blog 😉

Features of PI 7.31 SP 04


SP 04 of 7.1 is coming up with some interesting features. I can provide only a small list for now:

  • Virus scan at inbound and outbound PI interfaces. (Update: Available from SP 02 as per Release Notes)
  • Virus scan option for Integration Flows.
  • Special role for maintaining OS commands in file communication channel. This way every developer won’t be able to create and execute command line programs. (Update: Available from SP 02 as per Release Notes)
  • Configuration within the service interface to mark it for sensitive data.
  • Excel based import and export of Value mappings. (Update: Available from SP 01 as per Release Notes)
  • Import of RFCs and Idocs on the eclipse based development environment.

Planned Features

  • A monitor similar to Seeburger Message Tracking to monitor B2B messages.
  • Options of monitoring B2B messages with highest error ratio.

Conclusion

SAP will continue to invest on PI as their on-premise solution. PI is getting popular in the integration arena day by day and SAP is expecting a stronger positioning of PI in upcoming Forrester’s “Comprehensive Integration Solution” chart. The cloud based integration solution is yet to come but people are already talking about it.

I forgot one important observation

Not all ESBs can integrate! 😀

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  1. Krishnakumar Ramamoorthy

    Prateek

    Good summary. Thanks for updating the community with what’s coming in PI. With so much buzz on HANA/DB, Cloud, Mobility & Analytics, the information around on premise applications like SAP PI was minimal. Not sure a big fan of value mapping, I just don’t think a cross reference is always a good idea in the middleware, purely on the maintenance perspective but that’s just me.

    Good point on the ESB, sure doesn’t integrate but I am sure ESB did promote a lot of consumption 🙂

    Cheers

    KK

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  2. Justin Santhanam

    Prateek,

    Thanks for the valuable insight about the conference. This will really help the people who couldn’t able to make it to SAPPHIRE. Interested to learn more about PI in cloud in your upcoming blogs 🙂 … Keep Blogging…

    Thanks,

    Justin.

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  3. Daniel Graversen

    Prateek nice meeting at Sapphire.

    From a PI prespective I was greatly supprised by the future roadmap.

    A shame I was not able to attend the PI B2B roadmap session completely.

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  4. Ravi Kanth Talagana

    Nice insight into whats coming our way, Prateek.

    And regarding your “important observation”, i think “this” ESB does integrate (people)…:D

    Best Regards,

    Ravikanth Talagana

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