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SAP Exchange Infrastructure (XI) Features and Advantages

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SAP Exchange Infrastructure

SAP Exchange Infrastructure is a process integration layer which enables the user to implement cross system applications and processes. It runs on Web Application Server and reduces the expense on cross platform systems. A central repository is provided for all the interfaces and the integration Content includes Netweaver components, mySAP ERP components and business components. The components include the business scenarios, the user interface and the business processes.

SAP exchange infrastructure offers a range of tools to integrate various processes of a company to that of their business partners. The software enables easy communication between the business partners as it can even connect to non-SAP components such as the middleware platforms and the external applications.

It supports both ABAP and JAVA therefore professionals aware of any of the two languages can easily learn to design a message and define a path. SAP exchange infrastructure includes message exchange, configuration options to manage the processes, message and option to transfer message content between receiver and sender.

Features and Components

1. The main components of SAP Exchange infrastructure are System Landscape Directory, Integration Repository, Integration Directory, Integration Server and Integration Clients.

2. The integration server is the main part of the SAP exchange infrastructure as it receives messages from the other applications and the message is used to send to the receiving applications. The design phase data is saved in the integration repository and later the user selects components, mappings, interfaces to assign - which is saved in Integration directory.

3. SAP exchange infrastructure helps a user to get direct access to all the data and allows a cross system business transactions.

4. SAP exchange infrastructure provides an easy method to connect to main database of the system and implement the data.

5. Business partners can easily perform functions such as modeling, monitoring processes, creating processes and realizing complex processes.

6. The communications between various systems is supported by a set of tools and rules implemented through the interface.

7. Both synchronous and asynchronous processing is supported by the system.

8. The system uses the Java based graphical interface which informs about the systems and processes and also helps in configuring the basic parameter and the interfaces. The feature allows the interface to be configured and monitored.

9. The functions are fast and easy to use and SAP exchange infrastructure can be operated from one user interface.

10. XML is used to communicate between various platforms and various other adapters are used to connect to various non SAP applications such as file adapters, JMS Adapters, JDBC Adapters, and Http Adapter, SOAP adapter etc.


1. The structure provides single user interface to communicate to external and internal applications and processes.

2. The processes can run on different systems without any discrepancies.

3. The process can run on industry standards such as internet, XML messaging, Java etc.

4. SAP exchange infrastructure provides scalable platform which is fully integrated to the system.

5. The architecture reduces expenses on integration to other applications.

6. The software allows easy monitoring and in the long run it provides end-to-end management.

7. Open standards are used in the architecture which provides easy solution to complex system.

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