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Integrating C-Business scenarios

Integrating C-Business scenarios
Cay Rademann

C-business is collaborative business, in which various business entities, using technology available from SAP, develop their business strategies and tactics in concert. This tip on C-business is excerpted from Cay Rademann's Achieving Successful Business Collaboration Using SAP C-Business Scenarios, in the January, February, March 2001 issue of SAP Insider.

Whenever the process flow of the [C-business] scenario switches from one partner to another, some integration is required. Since there are multiple types of integration, you have to decide which type to use. You first need to decide whether integration will be browser- or message-based.

With browser-based integration, one partner uses a Web browser for online access to the other partner's system. This enables the first partner to read information from this system or to perform transactions directly on the system.
The client uses a Web browser to access the manufacturer's system. From there, the client can obtain information about the project status and the final review. With browser-based integration, the information is only available in the system of one partner and is not automatically transferred to the second partner's system. In this case, the client's staff will have to manually retype the manufacturer's information into their own system if they require that data.

With message-based integration, the systems communicate directly with each other. This message exchange automates information/data processing, which can help reduce the number of errors caused when you have to manually input the information.
However, the complexity of message-based integration is higher than browser-based integration. With message-based integration, you must define all processing logic in the systems. In contrast, with browser-based integration, at least part of the process logic is performed by user intervention and does not need to be implemented on the system.

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