SAP Business Connector in Detail
The SAP Business Connector allows you to extend your business processes over the Internet and integrate non-SAP products using open and non-proprietary technology. It allows for bi-directional, real-time as well as asynchronous communication to and from the SAP server. You can:
- Execute SAP's implementation-independent BAPI methods, as they are described in the Business Object Repository (BOR). BAPIs are stable, precisely-defined and well-documented interfaces to SAP solutions, providing standardized access to SAP solutions on a semantic level. You can quickly and easily create XML-based SAP Business Connector services that execute a BAPI. Applications within your organization can then invoke the SAP Business Connector services to execute a BAPI on the SAP server. Similarly, your business partners can make requests over the Internet to invoke a service that executes a BAPI. The BAPI interfaces provide unified access to the application-level functionality, independent of the type of call: Both synchronous as well as asynchronous processing can be triggered by using these interfaces. Transparently for the client, asynchronous processing uses the ALE services inside the SAP system.
- Execute SAP Remote Function Calls (RFCs) from the SAP Business Connector Server. You can access all SAP functionality that is available via RFC from SAP Business Connector Server. External applications do not need to understand SAP data types, ABAP structures or the RFC protocol to communicate with an SAP system.
- Call SAP Business Connector services from SAP systems. You can invoke SAP Business Connector services from an SAP system. This allows SAP users to access information that is available via the SAP Business Connector Server. Thus, the SAP Business Connector Server enables business-to-business integration between trading partners, thereby extending the reach of your SAP infrastructure to customers, partners, and suppliers.
- Route SAP Business Documents (IDocs) based on criteria you specify. The SAP Business Connector Server provides rich routing capabilities for IDocs. There is a number of different transport types available out-of-the-box. These include routing of an IDoc to another SAP system, to a MarketSet-based marketplace, to an FTP Server in a flatfile format, to a remote URL in an XML format or to an Email receiver as mail attachment.