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GIS/ESRI Integration


I'm very new to SAP (1month) and still trying to find my feet. We would like to integrate SAP RE and GIS. I've managed to find some documentation that mentions things like standard interfaces,Business Connector, BAPI, ESRI_R3.dll etc but nothing specific.

Can anyone help clarify the following.

1. How would I go about integrating the 2 products, ie. what options do I have, what products are required?

2. Is it plug and play giving you some standard functionality or is it API/DLL based where you have to develop your solution?

3. Who provides the interface/integration? SAP, ESRI or both

4. If the standard interface gives you standard functionality can additional functionality be developed, in what language and from which side (SAP/ESRI)?

5. Can you make either product the master app? eg:with PP-GIS, GIS is the master. What do I do if I want SAP RE to be the master?

6. What kind of developers do I need?

7. Are there different integration methods/requirements for each product eg: ArcGIS, ArcIMS?

8. Where can I get some decent technical information that can answer some/most of the above?

Thanks for everyone's time and help


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  • Posted on Aug 23, 2004 at 10:24 AM

    Dear Jonathan,

    I understand, that you want to connect SAP R/3 and some ESRI products. So I would contact ESRI directly to get more information. One possible link would be

    Best regards, Christoph Claus, SAP AG

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    Posted on Jun 08, 2005 at 09:37 PM

    I got lots of experiance with ESRI-SAP integration. What do you need?

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    • Hi Sumanth !

      You didn´t specified exactly where and how you need to see your ESRI GIS Map inside SAP, there are different ways to achieve that.

      You can for example create a screen with a HTML control, which call a Web Map Application, and stablish the communication between SAP GUI and the Web Map Application through events, or javascript. Another approach is to have a web application, for example, a BSP application showing SAP data and carrying a frame pointing to a web map application.

      I have worked in the development of a product to integrate SAP(PM, PS and CRM) with ESRI GIS, and did the things works in both ways. For SAP PM, I adjusted an additional Tab in Functional Location and Equipment transactions, to show a WebMap Application with the location of the object being viewed in the transaction. For SAP CRM, I developed an integration API including ABAP JSON to be used in REST service calls, so from CRM the product is able to call REST services in ArcGIS Server to create objects(GIS objects indicating location of Service Request or Service Order for example), and in the ArcGIS Server side, a SignalR application advice WebMap Application running inside a BSP application in CRM WebUI that new objects has been created, and the objects are shown to the user in real time. As you can see, there are some interesting ways and possibilities.

      Best regards,


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    Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 05:51 AM

    Hello Experts,

    We have a SAP Cloud for Customer instance. We need to integrate Esri maps to it.

    With my understanding I assume that this could be possible only through SAP PI.

    We have SAP PI.

    Can you guide us on how to integrate ESRI GIS into our SAP PI ?

    Since I am a beginner in SAP it would be great if you give me some links or Documents to follow step by step.

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