XML Messaging with the SAP Business Connector Part 1: Direct IDoc-XML Data Exchange and Outbound IDoc-to-XML Data Mapping with Flow Services

  • by Robert Chu, Integration and Certification Center, SAP Labs
  • March 15, 2003
XML messaging between your SAP system and your business partner's system typically involves exchanging IDocs between your system and your SAP Business Connector (BC), mapping data between the IDocs and the desired external XML format, and then exchanging the XML documents between the BC and the external system. This article, the first of a two-part discussion, shows you how to use the IDoc-XML format to exchange XML documents with your partners directly, and for scenarios where this is not an option, shows you how to send documents to your partners in other XML formats using a widely adopted technique called flow services.

Robert Chu

Robert Chu joined SAP at the end of 1996. He currently works for the Integration and Certification Center at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California. Prior to this, he worked in technical consulting and training at SAP America and SAP Asia. Robert’s current focus is the SAP integration technologies. He has been regularly teaching classes in this area at SAP training centers and is the main author of the BIT531 training course, as well as a few other internal workshops. Robert has spoken at the past three SAP TechEd events. In addition to his SAP expertise, he is also an SCEA (Sun Certified Enterprise Architect) for J2EE, an MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solution Developer), and an MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer).

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