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difference between sap ce 7.1 and pi 7.1


i am trying to find out the difference between CE 7.1 and PI 7.1. i guess both of them has got the basic foundation to develop webservices. then what more advantages we get in pi .1 being not a free downoadable version on SDN.

and also i want to go through some business requrements which we can meet with pi 7. please refer any web links



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    Posted on Nov 04, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Hi Akhil,

    PI 7.1 and CE 7.1 are complementary solutions.

    Here are some quick hints:

    PI 7.1

    - Service-enabling tool

    - Focused on system to system integration (EAI)

    - Provides and Consumes web services for integration scenarios

    - []

    CE 7.1

    - Composition tool

    - Whole development environment and infrastructure

    - Service consumprion tools (Web Dynpro, Visual Composer, BPM)

    - Cal also provide web services (when you need to implement business logic in java) using CAF

    - []

    The Enterprise Services Repository (ESR) can run over both environments (PI or CE).

    Hope this helps,


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      thanks ashish and cezar.

      my doubt is cleared now. ce 7.1 has got whole development tools, and also we can develop webservices too. where as in pi 7.1too we can consume and publish web services.

  • Posted on Nov 01, 2008 at 11:34 PM



    SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment is a platform that enables building and running applications based on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) principles. It offers a set of capabilities for integrating new and existing services u2013 both by SAP and proprietary, into business-specific solutions. You can develop portable standard-compliant applications based on the latest Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 5 technologies and integrate them with existing SAP and third-party solutions using a central enterprise service registry. SAP NetWeaver CE increases development productivity by providing model-driven composition tools for creating services and user interfaces and orchestrating them into collaborative user-centric workflows.

    PI 7.1

    SAP Exchange Infrastructure (SAP XI) forms the basis for the integration of business processes.

    SAP XI provides a technical infrastructure for XML-based message exchange to enable the integration of SAP systems with each other on the one hand, and SAP and non-SAP systems on the other.

    In SAP XI, integration knowledge is shipped in the form of pre-defined integration scenarios. Furthermore, SAP XI provides a set of integrated tools for creating and managing all integration-relevant information.


    For business scenario please refer


    Aashish Sinha

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