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XI: Central Team or Cross-Skilling?

I wonder about the community's thoughts on whether it is better to have a team of XI developers whose responsibility lies purely within XI, working hand-in-hand with developers of participating systems.

Alternatively, it is better to think of XI as an extension of SAP and skill the SAP developers to have more responsibility for the integration outside of the traditional SAP boundary?

The latter appeals to me because then the person doing the interface extraction or processing from the SAP application perspective is the same as the person doing the transformation. There is a continuity there of purpose and knowledge of the integration at hand which I feel will help to reduce the time and cost of implementation, whilst still providing a flexibility to adapt to future circumstances.

Whilst I've not had experience with XI as yet, I found this approach beneficial when interfacing with SAP via Business Connector.



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    Posted on Jun 17, 2004 at 01:12 PM


    I agree with you that it makes more sense to have SAP developers to work on XI. This would be a very attractive solution provided most of the systems in the lanscape are SAP. If you have majority of non-SAP systems then it may be advisable to have a combination in the team. The SAP developers will have to be conversant with Java. So maybe the ideal XI team would comprise of architect(s), Java developer(s) & SAP/ABAP developer(s).

    ...Just my thoughts



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