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Is it possible to build an EDI server?

Apr 20 at 10:14 PM

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Is it possible to use readily available hardware and software with SAP business one with no need of a third party?

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Johan Hakkesteegt Apr 23 at 05:49 AM
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Hi Jonathan,

Theoretically it is possible, however there are two steps to EDI: 1. creating / processing files and 2. sending / receiving files.

What newer B1 versions can do is create / process EDI files. What an operator (third party) does, is send / receive files.

Usually with an EDI connection there are 4 parties involved:

  1. you (you create EDI or XML, OR CSV files in a folder on your network)
  2. your operator (picks these files up from that folder on your network, if necessary converts them to some other format, and sends them to the other party's operator)
  3. your business partner's operator (receives these files from your operator, if necessary converts them to some other format, and sends them to your business partner)
  4. your business partner (processes the files they received from their operator)

That means that it is possible only if you can come to an agreement with your business partner to cut out both operators. It is somewhat ironic, but if you can cut out both operators, you also do not have to use EDI. You can then choose to use simple XML or CSV files.

Regards,

Johan

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Thanks I do have a connector but it is costly for us as we change parters often and the testing fee is getting riduclous. We use SPS through zedsuite.

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Hi Jonathan,

I hear you, EDI is an old system, it is expensive to begin with, and if you have a dynamic list of business partners, then it can indeed get ridiculous.

If with "...we change partners often.." you mean that you change customers or suppliers a lot, you should consider a portal solution to partially or completely replace EDI. I.e. a solution that allows you to simply provide a customer or supplier with credentials to a web portal. This portal could be a combination between a web shop for your customers, a tool for your suppliers to upload catalogues (for example with B1if), and an xml web service (for example with the DI server) with downloadable documentation and template files for business partners with sufficient IT resources.

An investment now, but with negligible costs when it is up and running, and you would save the expenses made for your current EDI system.

Regards,

Johan

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Nagarajan K Apr 20 at 10:22 PM
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Hi,

Do you mean you want send documents electronically from SAP B1 to customer? If yes, then higher versions is having such function in standard SAP.

Regards,

Nagarajan

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Which version and region?

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Nagarajan K Apr 22 at 07:51 AM
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Not sure about exact version and localization. Check with your local SAP partner.

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Agustin Marcos Cividanes Apr 23 at 08:34 AM
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Hi

in some localizations SBO includes an scenario in Server Integration (B1i); at least in Germany and Austria.

Kind regards

Agustín

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Hi

in the support note 2590732 SAP comunicates that the EDI scenario was removed.

Kind regards

Agustín

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Thank you for it seems to be solution needed for us in NA as we deal with big box retailers.

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