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XI vs Connectors (Like JCo and .NET)

Hi All,

I'm delving into the integration - interoperability aspects of SAP and to be honest I'm getting confused by the 'sales' pitches on the nicely looking presentations.

Clearly XI is seperated from the connectors like JCo and .NET as they operate on the different levels of the 'Netweaver' Model: the former on the Process Integration layer the later on the Application Platform layer.

So there have to be a difference somewhere but I can see it. For me they are doing more or less the same thing ie connecting SAP with third party applications.

So why make a distinction?

And when to use what?

Can someone explain this to me or divert me to a site where I can get clear explanation.

Many thanks in advance and best regards,


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    Posted on Feb 24, 2004 at 06:21 PM

    Hi Bart,

    Many may disagree, but the big difference to simple connectors is that XI

    is the place where the actual translation of the call context is happening in a

    efficient way.

    With connectors you still have to go through the steps

    of transforming the formatted

    information into something that you can send to the next system.

    You are writing a translation program. With XI you

    have a transformation hub

    that has the tools for quick and efficient translation mostly without programming.

    There are a few things that you have to mind moving

    data between systems. Taking care

    of these requirements can either be done programmatically or more efficiently by using

    the build in functionality of XI.

    In the end one has to make the decision what is the most cost efficient way to implement a project. In the end

    it will be the dollar amount that is needed to implement and to maintain an interface that will decide what works best for a project.


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