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Communicate through XML-RPC with non-sap system using XI


There is external system which using XML-RPC protocol. The task is make R/3 (v4.7) system communicate with that external system.

Can XI help solving this task? Does it have built-in support or XML-RPC, or some programming will be required? How will the solution look if XI is used?


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    Posted on Jan 27, 2008 at 04:06 PM


    In a nutshell, XI is a tool in SAP's attempt to re-image their products as being SOA compliant. Currently, you can't access any R/3 components directly using a service call (WSDL & SOAP, XMLRPC, etc...). You mut use a proprietary, point-to-point interface in a BAPI, IDOC, or RFC interface.

    This is possible with XI/PI


    XML-RPC does remote procedure call over internal to connect different servers.

    XML-RPC depends on HTTP to move data from one server to another, it only defines an XML vocabulary that specifies the name of some piece of code to execute remotely and any parameters the code might need.

    SOAP Carries an XML RPC tradition by defining an XML language for packaging arbitrarily XML inside an XML envelope. Although SOAP does not depend on HTTP, the momentum behind SOAP is attributable to the fact that HTTP will usually be used for transfer protocol for SOAP messages.

    Please refer below link for more details


    XML-RPC protocol and XIF Adapter



    Edited by: Swarup Sawant on Jan 27, 2008 5:07 PM

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