Several years ago, the SAP integration toolset was expanded with a new solution. SAP Application Interface Framework (AIF), a new member to the integration family, is an optional add-on to SAP Business Suite systems, for example ERP, CRM or SRM, and is supposed to be an improvement of the so-called “business integration layer”, in contrary to SAP Process Integration available so far or SAP Business Connector available previously, responsible for the “technical integration layer”.
Intuitively, the technical integration layer includes receiving messages, determining their recipients, mapping and formats adjustment and finally, sending them to the relevant recipients – in short, one could say it means enabling connectivity between the communicating systems. In a sense, it is thus responsible for the overall integration outside the SAP Business Suite.
The business integration layer
At first sight, SAP AIF doesn’t seem to affect the status quo – being based on proven technologies, such as Proxy, IDoc or RFC. However, it introduces a new, standardized handling model for all interface messages in the SAP system and provides a set of tools to allow building ...