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Integrate with a vendor from SAP ECC 6.0 for 'PunchOut' functionality

Hi Friends,

Pardon me if I have made mistakes in using the terminology in my posting. We just use SAP ECC 6.0 and no SRM. We want to integrate with a vendor for so-called Punchout. Our users will click a URL link from our Intranet and it takes them to Vendor's catalog website. They can choose items and create a shopping cart. The website will return us a unique Shopping Cart ID with list of Items in cxml format. We can use that information and create PO. We are not familiar with cxml format and how to process the PO. Is this a standard functionality in SRM ? I don't think we can install SRM since we don't have Business suite license. If any one has experience with above scenario, ie connecting to vendor's cataglog from SAP ECC 6.00 without SRM, can you pl share with us ?

Niranjan

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  • Feb 17, 2011 at 02:48 AM

    Hi,

    The best way is, you should ask the vendor to support SAP Open Catalog Interface.

    If the vendors supports SAP OCI, you can get items from catalog to PS, PM, MM documents in ERP without SRM and withput any develpment. It is standard function in ERP.

    I think most of supplier catalogs support both SAP OCI and Ariba cXML punchout.

    Here is the SAP OCI specification.

    SAP Supplier Relationship Management - SAP SRM Open Catalog Interface (B2B-OCI) [original link is broken]

    One of suppliers in Japan has implemented OCI in just 4H! It is not difficult like cXML.

    Regards,

    Masa

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