SAP Exchange ?

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SAP Exchange ?

Postby Martin » Wed, 25 Apr 2007 05:35:47 GMT

Does anyone here have any experience using VB6 to send data to a SAP
ERP system using SAP's "Exchange" functionality?

I may be having to develop an app that does this and would like to get
some idea of what I'm up against.


Re: SAP Exchange ?

Postby Ralph » Wed, 25 Apr 2007 05:56:57 GMT

Perhaps there is something new but the term "SAP Exchange" generally refers
to its connection interface to MS Exchange Server. There is no "VB"

The other points of automation are just ActiveX component suites. Thus the
issues are the same as if 'connecting' to Office, MSAccess, etc.

You need to be more specific.


Re: SAP Exchange ?

Postby Martin » Wed, 25 Apr 2007 08:49:11 GMT

On Mon, 23 Apr 2007 15:56:57 -0500, "Ralph"

Ralph -


 I can't be much more specific just yet because I simply don't know
*anything* about this yet. I've been asked to participate in a
conference call to be conducted by our sales people dealing with a
potential customer who will want our software to "communicate with
their SAP system". 

I Googled around a bit and found reference to SAP's "Exchange"
functionality and thought maybe that might be what my program would be
communicating with.

Could you possibly point me to something on-line that explains what
you referred to as "other points of automation" ?

Thanks again for your response.


Re: SAP Exchange ?

Postby Michael C » Wed, 25 Apr 2007 10:17:26 GMT

Google sap activex


Re: SAP Exchange ?

Postby Ralph » Wed, 25 Apr 2007 10:36:38 GMT


Since this is a VB newsgroup then DCOM would be appropriate.
Check out this document for an overview...
 http://www.**--****.com/ %20Connectors.doc

Then just google on terms of interest.

A narrower view...

Notice the abundance of acronyms and how they all mix 'n match. But the real
fly in the ointment (there's always a fly doing the backstroke somewhere
<g>), is that while ERPs are sold with the banner of a 'single software
solution', in practice each installation is often so customized each is
quite unique. Occasionally not even recognizable at first glance.

Thus a small warning: An initial problem will be the "new-speak".
Organizations that adopt SAP will integrate it into their own business
model. (Duh! <g>) But will also tend to apply legacy names to SAP models. So
don't jump to conclusions - just because they called something a 'pool'
doesn't mean it is. <g>


Re: SAP Exchange ?

Postby Martin » Wed, 25 Apr 2007 11:10:37 GMT

Ralph / Michael C:

Excellent. Thank you very much.


Re: SAP Exchange ?

Postby Steve Gerrard » Thu, 26 Apr 2007 00:01:26 GMT

Fly in ointment department: as of SAP GUI version 6.40, the RFC library does not 
support DCOM, it supports .Net. Depending on the customer's version, you might 
have to do what I had to do, and start wearing a VB.Net hat part of the time.

Re: SAP Exchange ?

Postby Martin » Thu, 26 Apr 2007 03:37:14 GMT

On Tue, 24 Apr 2007 08:01:26 -0700, "Steve Gerrard"

Steve -

Thanks - that's extremely useful to know. The last thing I want to do
is get in to the .Net stuff. 

Re: SAP Exchange ?

Postby Ralph » Thu, 26 Apr 2007 05:28:09 GMT

does not

[Stepping very very carefully here... <g>]

Actually because of the distributed nature of SAP's "connections" .Net is a
bit easier to use. If your app is COM then you can still use interopt. Just
don't plan on designing any icons with lightning bolts on them. <g>


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