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B2B Adapter

What is a B2B Adapter? We are planning to use ARIBA Adapter?

What role this ARIBA adapter will play?(I am confused because as a File adapter you can connect to the legacy system, with a JDBC Adapter you can connect to a DB, As an IDOC adapter you can connect to an R/3 system, like wise an Ariba adapter will be used to connect ???????)


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    Aug 08, 2006 at 12:50 PM
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  • Aug 08, 2006 at 12:58 PM


    >>>>What is a B2B Adapter?

    those kind of adapter usually allow you to connect

    with different applications natively

    (so you send a message from XI and it's translated

    to the destinations applications message (it can use

    non XI supported protocol (SFTP etc) ) for exmaple

    if you want to use ARIBA

    then probably the application will be

    Ariba Value Chain Management




    <a href="/people/michal.krawczyk2/blog/2005/06/28/xipi-faq-frequently-asked-questions"><b>XI / PI FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions</b></a>

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    • Hi,

      <i>When you say the B2B adapter allow to connect with Different applications natively, so that means once B2B adapter is installed then no more configuration is required.</i>

      >>>You need to configure these adapters like file adapter etc.

      For e.g if your thirdparty system undertsands only EDI data formats, the file adapter is not able to convert this format into XI understandable xml format. SO automatically some adapters are required which will convert EDI into XI XML format. So these are very specific to business. So there is no inbox adapters for this in XI. SO we will go for thirdparty adapters like SeeBurger, ARIBA etc from different vendors.

      <i>For example if the Vendor says they want to receive the PO in a File system , What should I do on the B2B Adapter?</i>

      >>Here you can go for File Adapter. Here B2B adapter is not required.

      Hope this helps,



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    Aug 30, 2006 at 05:40 AM

    Hi Rohini,

    B2B Adapters are third party adapters. It is developed based on the industry standards. Like iWay,SeeBurger etc

    For more on B2B Adapters-see SAP Service Marketplace at -> SAP NetWeaver in Detail -> Process Integration -> SAP Exchange Infrastructure ->SAP XI in Detail ->Connectivity.



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    • Former Member

      Just my 2 cents.

      Technical adapter are protocol specific (like JMS, JDBC, HTTP)

      Business Adapter (B2B) are business specific. They work mostly with business objects then messages. Business adapter can use standard protocol. For example Rosettanet uses HTTP/HTTPS.