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Intercompany integration on a new basis: B1iF 2.0 (updated Oct 1 2020)

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Please refer to the other documentation, rollout and enablement materials on the topics addressed here. Kind regards, Peter

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As part of our product and technology strategy, we adopted the integration framework 2.0 for the intercompany integration solution. SAP’s own add-on for intercompany is  revamped with B1iF 2.0 since April 2019 in PL32.
You can get more details on the integration framework 2.0 in this blog, and its benefits in this blog.

For intercompany we have these concrete advantages of using this latest technology:

  • Significant simplifications and improvements in performance (>40% overall) as well as in TCO
  • Multiple Intercompany landscapes (e.g. live and test databases with Intercompany on running on the same server)
  • As above, for cloud deployment in context with Cloud Control Center (CCC) for SAP Business One

With latest Patch 40 of intercompany integration solution, only B1iF 2.0 is supported, no version 1.x anymore. Please see related materials and information.

Please also check SAP Note 2781395Intercompany Integration Solution supports B1iF 2.0.

We are extremely excited about this big step, this is a new chapter of a much faster and easier intercompany solution. The realization of this fundamental change required considerable efforts, but also reflects the importance of this SAP add-on and aligns the solution to the future.

I will use this blog to support you, customers and partners on this, for collecting news around the topic, linking details, and creating a comprehensive overview that can be pulled anytime.

Any comments or questions are welcome!

Best regards, Peter Hartwich

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      Author's profile photo Sandra Cosejo
      Sandra Cosejo

      Hi Peter,

      This is good news!  Would it be possible to have multiple Intercompany Landscape with B1iF 2.0. (i.e. we can configure live and test databases with Intercompany Add on running on the same server)?

      Thank you!

      Regards,

      Sandra

       

       

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      Good Question! Affirmative, this is the plan/one idea of it.

      Author's profile photo Saad Sabri
      Saad Sabri

      Has this been made available ?

      Thank you

      Saad Sabri

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      Dear Saad, no, not yet. We plan to deliver this with PL32 of the Intercompany Integration Solution.  I'll update this blog in any case as soon as available. Thank you for your interest.

      Author's profile photo Samuel Mhlanga
      Samuel Mhlanga

      Hi Peter

      I have a customer on SAP HANA PL06 can PL31 be used? I am interested in the 40% performance enhancement.

      Regards

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      Hi Samuel, unfortunately we do not recommend/support this, we cannot support this direction of compatibility. From today’s perspective, i can only recommend PL32 from Intercompany because of the option to use B1iF 2.0, so to upgrade SAP Business One to PL09.

      Best regards, Peter

      Author's profile photo Samuel Mhlanga
      Samuel Mhlanga

      Hi Peter, thank you for your prompt response. I will consider upgrading.

      Regards. Samuel

      Author's profile photo Samuel Mhlanga
      Samuel Mhlanga

      Hi Peter

      With regards to performance improvement will the SAP Note 1975033 - Run Multiple Instances of DI Proxy help on a SAP Business One PL06 HANA ?

      Regards

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      Absolutely! That is a basic requirement/option that you should look at closely related to your landscape. Please see also section 8.1 Using DI Proxy Groups in our Admin Guide.

      Author's profile photo Samuel Mhlanga
      Samuel Mhlanga

      Hi Peter

      Thanks for the information.

      I am constantly having this problem on my Admin console.

      com.sap.b1i.xcellerator.XcelleratorException: XCE001 Nested exception:
      com.sap.b1i.bizprocessor.BizProcException: BPE001 Nested exception: com.sap.b1i.xcellerator.XcelleratorException: XCE001 Nested exception:
      com.sap.b1i.bizprocessor.BizProcException: BPE001 Nested exception: com.sap.b1i.xcellerator.XcelleratorException: XCE001 Nested exception:
      com.sap.b1i.xcellerator.RejectedException: XCE041 Cannot perform operation. A background process has temporarily deactivated adapters; wait and try again.
      XCE206 Resource unavailable
      
      Any reason why this is happening and any possible remedies.
      
      regards
      
      Samuel
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      If this happens on 9.3 PL06, this looks like a general performance/throughput issue in that landscape. So check Proxy Setup first as discussed.

      Author's profile photo Samuel Mhlanga
      Samuel Mhlanga

      Hi Peter

      I have check the proxy Setup and have build proxy groups. Now I have another issue on the IPO Step status Panel. I have to manually activate some of the step is that normal?

      I thought its suppose to automatically start when you restart the server.

      Author's profile photo Walter Werder
      Walter Werder

      Hello Samuel,

       

      Some ipo steps are per deployment deactivated. If an event is in processing and you restart the proxy services, this ipo step would be deactivated as the B1if dosen't know the real status on the processing. Then you have to activate this ipo step manually.

       

      Best regards,

      Walter

      Author's profile photo Samuel Mhlanga
      Samuel Mhlanga

      Hi Walter

       

      Thank you I understand and will have to remember that since IC is working already.

      Regards

      Author's profile photo Stefan J Baustert
      Stefan J Baustert

      Hi all,

      we get errors installing PL32. It looks like U_CTX_PAASID and U_CTX_SLDGROUP does not exist.

      Logging into Intercompany Integration Platform under "Upgrade to B1if 2.0" there is a new field called "SLD Category" without entries, so the upgrade is not possible.

      Inside SAP B1 on starting the Add-on it shows an OBCD Error with the above mentioned two fields not existing.

      Running B1 9.3PL9 on SQL.

      Anybody experiencing this issue.

      Regards

      Stefan

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      Dear Stefan,
      not the ideal channel but maybe we can help quickly. It looks like an environment-specific issue, as if there was an intermediate ICO add-on has been installed. Please try to remove the record from UDT @CTX_CONF, and reinstall the add-on.
      If this doesn't work, let's follow up in an incident.
      Best, Peter

      Author's profile photo Stefan J Baustert
      Stefan J Baustert

      Dear Peter,

      Thank you - appreciate the quick response. That makes the Add-On available.

      SLD Category is still missing or only showing '--'. Any suggestions where to set that up ? Could not find any documentation on it.

      Thank you

      Stefan

      Author's profile photo Yash Rastogi
      Yash Rastogi

      Hi Stefan,

      In case you are opting to use ICO Solution with B1if 2.0, only then SLD Category is required.

      And SLD Category can be created on SLD Page in B1if by right-clicking on B1i Server, and selecting Create Category option.

      For ICO Solution, all participating branch companies have to be in a single SLD Category, and after selecting the branch companies.

      For more information on this, check the Admin Guide of ICO Solution.

       

      Regards,

      Yash Rastogi

      Author's profile photo Stefan J Baustert
      Stefan J Baustert

      That did it. Thank you.

      Stefan

      Author's profile photo Yash Rastogi
      Yash Rastogi

      Hi Stefan,

      Thanks for the update.

       

      Regards,

      Yash