Currently we are evaluating between SAP XI(SAP PI) & microsoft BTS 2006. The hub of the landscape is a mainframe...
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application that is being expected to be replaced with SAP Shop. As a mainframe is used, files are prevalantly used in integration. The source system sends flatfile & target system parses the file.
What are your recommendations?
If you ask for a recommendation one should look at the following items:
- Put a message queue in place.
It is the only way to guarantee stable operation of complex communication and it also reduces monitoring efforts dramatically. If you ran XI on a Windows box, you could make use of the MSMQ preinstalled with Windows, BIZTALK will use it anyway.
- Measure the time and effort it takes to change scenarios and interface mappings multiple times.
This will be the killer criterion eventually. Interfaces are living objects; they tend to change and normally there specs are rather fuzzy. The features of middleware do not differ much between different offers, but their handling is widely different, so a quick and powerful graphical mapping editor and visual workflow ("Business Process") monitor tool are worth gold.
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