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XI for managing data conversions

My customer is considering using XI for managing their data conversions. This is a very large implementation with many source data systems. We will also have a very large volume of data to migrate. For example, we'll have around 8 million materials. For these materials, we're thinking we can extract this data and map it to an idoc structure and pass into SAP via XI. First, has anyone used XI for data conversions? Second, have you dealt with this volume of transactions? Can XI handle this? Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Chris

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    Posted on Jul 02, 2004 at 05:59 PM

    Chris,

    XI can be used for data conversion. Things to consider :

    • Avoid hardcoding of values within XI since maintenance could be an issue.

    • XI is primarily a messaging product with data mapping & conversion capability.

    Volume should not be a problem as long as resources are available. You have couple of options. Send one huge message or break into multiple XML messages per material.

    Hope this helps,

    Homiar.

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    Posted on Jul 06, 2004 at 10:17 PM

    Hi Chris,

    SAP XI is used for those exact purposes. Of course as volume increases, your customer will have to increase memory and hardware. They have also consider the whether the messages are synchronous. In case of migration, I think they will be asynchronous. SAP has a customer who before going live, performed some massive load tests that will simulate an average "real" working day, of 1,200,000 (million, two hundreds thousands) transactions, and it worked smoothly yet fast. Your customer will most likely have to break up 8 million material into daily batches for now.

    Enjoy!

    John Ta

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