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SAP continues licensing simplification of its Process Orchestration portfolio: B2B Add-On now included.

It has been some time since my last blog on SAP Process Orchestration and this time I wanted to share some good news as to our efforts to further simplify the licensing of our SAP Process Orchestration portfolio.

Most of you may be aware by now that SAP Process Orchestration is SAP’s middleware integration suite aggregating SAP Process Integration (aka: PI), SAP Business Process Management (aka: BPM) and SAP Business Rules Management (aka: BRM). SAP started this simplification journey in 2010 (when SAP Process Orchestration was initially introduced to the market). Instead of licensing all these components individually SAP Process Orchestration allows customers to share hardware core allocation among PI, BPM, and BRM with a single Process Orchestration license.

What’s more, this was not only about licensing, but also about providing one single development experience in SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio (based on Eclipse) as well as the ability to run all these components (PI, BPM and BRM) co-deployed on the SAP NetWeaver Java Application Server (aka: Single Stack). This approach provides a lot of tangible benefits to customers such as reduced development and operations cost, improved performance and easier monitoring.

So what’s new? SAP has extended the usage rights of SAP Process Orchestration to now also include the B2B Add-On for SAP Process Orchestration functionality. This means, there is a single license covering the end to end spectrum of integration scenarios. This not only further simplifies SAP middleware offering from a licensing perspective, but also drives improved synergies to use a single integration solution fully owned by a vendor. This single pricing strategy is unique in the market and different from the approach of other software vendors in the integration space who have a more fragmented solution offering resulting in a more complex pricing. Let alone the benefits of using a single container to run A2A, B2B, BPM and Rule scenarios (less hardware) and administer all of the above in a central place (lower TCO for administration and ownership).

SAP Process Orchestration can be deployed on a traditional on premise model and it has been recently certified to run on the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC)
providing more options to our existing and future customer base.

This new extended scope for SAP Process Orchestration is more relevant than ever to our traditional SAP Process Integration community. In addition to continue to
run A2A scenarios, it is possible to piggyback EDI transactions via the newly added B2B Add-On functionality all through a single integration solution. If this is something that you may want to pursue, check with your SAP Account Executive for ways to convert your existing SAP Process Integration licenses to SAP Process Orchestration.

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    1. Eduardo Chiocconi Post author

      Hi Daniel,

          In general ALL PI adapters distributed with Process Integration and Process Orchestration are part of the usage rights of PI and PO (either one of these 2 licenses). In this bag we find the already released adapter for SuccessFactors for example and the upcoming REST adapter too.

          Partner adapters will need to be licensed separate as it has been done to date.

                     Eduardo.

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    1. Eduardo Chiocconi Post author

      Hi Bhargava,

          Yes, the B2B Add-On scope comes with the EDI adapters (AS2, X.400, OFTP – in addition to all the PI adapters you can also use like SFTP, PGP, etc) and all the EDI conversion modules (more than 8000) to read and write into EDI transactions in different native formats (X.12, EDIFACT, etc).

          In addition, the B2B Add-On comes with a Trading Partner Management module that also fits within the scope.

          All this is included in the new usage rights for SAP Process Orchestration.

          There is nothing left out that I can think of (at least not intentionally).

                     Eduardo.

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      1. Bhargava krishna Talasila

        Thank you very much..

        We are PI 7.4 dual stack, do we need to procure B2B Add-on separately?

        Do we need to install B2B Add-on for PO separately or it will come as in-built adapters?

        Regards

        Bhargava Krishna

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  1. Sudharshan Aravamudan

    Hi Eduardo,

    Thanks for sharing this update.

    Few Items to confirm-

    1. Will customers on dual stack 7.31 or 7.4 PI have to still procure B2B add-on license separately?.
    2. Is the current PO license hiked because of this usage? Or existing/new customers with a PO license can use the B2B add-on for free.

    PS: original message edited

    Regards,

    Sudharshan N A

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    1. Eduardo Chiocconi Post author

      Hi Sudharshan,

          If you licensed SAP Process Orchestration you are entitled to use the B2B Add-On irrelevant of whether you opt for a PI single or dual stack deployment option. If you own SAP Process Integration (and not SAP Process Orchestration), then you will need to convert your SAP Process Integration licensed to SAP Process Orchestration or license SAP Process Orchestration separately. It is no longer possible to license the B2B Add-On separately (and I would not suggest it as the B2B Add-On pricing was very close to SAP Process Orchestration anyway).

          If you already own SAP Process Orchestration, then you are entitled to use the B2B Add-On based on the recent usage rights changes. No need to license anything else. Check my previous answer if you own SAP Process Integration.

                   Eduardo.

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      1. Sudharshan Aravamudan

        Hi Eduardo,

        Thank you for the patient and detailed reply. It clarifies lot of things.

        A couple of confirmations-

        Can new customers opt for the earlier PO license (before this change) if they don’t want to use the B2B add-on. I believe that the price of the new PO license with extended B2B usage is slightly hiked

        Existing Customers on earlier PO license (before this change) wanting to use the B2B add-on can obtain the new PO license to enjoy the unrestricted usage .

        Regards,

        Sudharshan N A

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        1. Eduardo Chiocconi Post author

          Hi Sudharshan,

               There is one PO material number in our price list. So net new customers will need to license the existing material number with the new price. Customers that licensed PO before this usage change, can license more of what they licensed before.

                Hope this provides an answer to your question.

                         Eduardo.

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          1. Anitha Gajula

            Hi Eduardo

            Very helpful information!!

            Can you please help me with information “approximate pricing to update to Process Orchestration license?”

            your reply is important for us !!

            Regards

            Anitha

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  2. Joshua Milos

    Hi Eduardo,

    We recently purchased Process Orchestration in early 2015, and we’re being told by our AE that we are still not licensed for the B2B add-on. (We’re running Process Orchestration 7.4) Is there anything in addition that we need to do to activate the licensing for the B2B add-on?

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