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In November 2012 SEEBURGER has released its new version of the EDI-Adapters. Since the available adapters already support all main B2B / EDI protocols and formats, the focus of the new adapter release was mainly put on enhancing performance and stability as well as including some nice features to make it easier to use. I will mention here some examples (mainly referring to the release notes of the adapters).

General Improvements in the Data Transmission Adapters :

  • SEEBURGER Message Monitor has now enhanced filtering capabilities and has been unified so
    it looks the same for all SEEBURGER adapters. Also it is now easier to see if
    an error was caused by a failed message or a failed report.
  • The Recovery Monitor and Message Monitor now show a history of errors which also
    can be downloaded
  • Pollings (e.g. for HTTP, FTP, X400/P7, SFTP) are now triggered immediately if the
    adapter is started in a period that has a polling configured.
  • Last automatic retry causes an alert if failed
  • Cleanup of the message monitor tables has been moved to the SAP scheduler and can now
    be configured much more flexible.
  • Downloading recovery jobs from the frontend now includes a list of errors which caused the
    recover job.

On the sFTP-Adapter there have been the most improvements implemented (mainly based on customer feedback and wish lists) :

  • Remote commands can now be executed before or after a file has been up/downloaded
  • Within one directory, multiple filename patterns can be used to download files
  • A maximum file size can be configured. Larger files will not be polled from the server
  • Additional check for complete file
  • Dual authentication support (key + password) has been added
  • Additional configuration option if a file with the same name is already on the server available

One question that has been raised several times regarding the BIC MappingDesigner was the availability for Windows 7 and here I can confirm that with Version 2.2, the MappingDesigner has also been tested and released for Windows 7.

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    1. Stefan Hilpp Post author

      Yes,

      currently the version 2.2 has been officially released for

      – PI 7.3 SP1-8

      – PI 7.3 EHP1 SP 0-5

      the further versions are planned to be released

      – PI 7.3 SP9-14

      – PI 7.3 EHP1 SP6

      Will let you know once I have additional information about timing/roadmap

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  1. Christian Pichler

    Hello Mr. Hilpp,

    Great to hear that the new version supports Win7. Is it possible to use the BICMD also with older versions? We are on 7.1 but we have to migrate the BICMD from WinXP to Win7. The version we are using at the moment (6.3.2) is not working with Win7.

    I tried to find the new version on the SAP marketplace but I was not able to find it. Do you know if it can be downloaded anywhere?

    Thank you!

    Christian

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    1. Stefan Hilpp Post author

      Hello,

      for the PI-Adapters until version 2.1.5, you will still have to use the previous version of BICMD that was shipped with this adapter version.

      There were several improvements in the modules in 2.2, so it is important that the user mappings (in mapping_user.sda) are created with the corresponding BICMD version.

      Since I am also using a Win7-Notebook but several clients still work with the previous version (and the 2.1.5 Adapters) I am using the “Windows XP Mode” to to work with the previous BICMD. That works perfectly fine.

      http://www.microsoft.com/uk/windows/virtual-pc/default.aspx

      Regards

      Stefan

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  2. Joe S

    Hi Stefan,

    We are in the process of migrating our current EDI Gentran interfaces to SAP PI 7.31. I know Seeburger has been existing for a long time and proven. But, recently SAP also has come up with its own B2B add-ons and acquired cross gate for B2B scenarios. So, we’re confused with the product selection. Can you please throw some light on the advantage of Seeburger over the new SAP B2B Add-Ons and the future of SAP PI Seeburger relationship? Also, if possible, please share some tutorial to configure a simple end to end B2B Scenario with Seeburger and SAP PI.

    Thanks.

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    1. Stefan Hilpp Post author

      Hi Joe,

      unfortunately, I cannot provide more information regarding the SAP B2B Add-On than you can find on other places on SCN. I haven´t yet worked with the SAP B2B Add-On, but from the descriptions, it seems to follow a similar concept  than the Seeburger EDI-Adapters. So, I cannot make any real comparison between the tools.

      As to my knowledge, the relationship between SAP and Seeburger regarding the adapters will not be affected through the introduction of the SAP B2B Add-Ons. The Seeburger EDI-Adapters can still be licensed through SAP and the support for existing customers will be unchanged.

      Also Seeburger is still committed to provide and test the adapters for all upcoming new PI-versions, since a huge customer base is relying on the Seeburger EDI-Adapters since many years.

      Perhaps one strong area of the Seeburger-Adapters is,that  you have a conversion-module (the BIC-Module) for various formats (Edifact, ANSI X12, Tradacom, Flatfile, XML…to corresponding XML equivalent structures) which can be included in different channels. This makes the handling of various file-formats extremely flexible and also allows to hande any Flatfiles or XML file in the same way than handling standard EDI-formats.

      Let me know if you have additional question and we can also discuss in more detail your requirements.

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