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BAPIs vs. BDCs

Which path is best, BAPI or BDC? Application Development expert Matt Billingham provides his opinion on how BAPIs and BDCs compare.

What is the difference between LSMW, BAPI and BDC? What advantages do they have on one another?

BAPI is a SAP-supplied function module with a defined interface, which allows you to interact with various business objects. SAP guarantees the integrity of your database for anything updated using a BAPI. BDC is a method of driving screens programatically, for updating SAP data. LSMW is a tool which uses BAPI and BDC to load data into SAP -- it performs the Extract Transform and Load functions. BAPIs are generally faster than BDCs.

This was last published in July 2005

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