New SAP PI naming convention guide

So now I have finally made the product PI Naming convention ready for the public. I’m really happy that it finally is possible to go thru this.

What is really interesting about this product is that it allows the user to get easy access to easy create a naming convention that can be used in their business.

The product is target at consultants who want learn about how to create a naming convention for their clients SAP PI installations. If you’re a SAP PI client or are about to start becoming on, the product reveals a great details on what you need to know before you let consultants loose on the system. So the naming product can be used my different people.

It is really the most comprehensive product out there that helps people get and implement a good naming convention. There is some naming convention guides out there but they only focus on the mechanics of what to work on. Not how to make it work in your organization. I hope that you have time to check out the product overview to see if it is something for you.

I hope that you will take the time to check the video and see if it is something that you can use for your business.

Notice I’m closing the program on Friday, because I don’t want too many people into this secret methodology.

How to use the SAP PI Message Mapping documenting tool

For a couple of years I have been developing on a tool for making it much easier to document mappings. The tool is available as open source, so you can try to use it for yourself.

There is also a running version available on that allows you to test out how it works and get instant results back. This is the preferred way to use the tool because you don’t need to install PHP and the project. It is though useful if you want more control of what you are putting into your documents, or don’t want to send your mappings to my server. I do delete the mappings every 15 minutes, so I don’t keep them longer.

I don’t think that I have created a video that shows what the tool can. So that is why that I’m creating this video now. It is really simple to use.

The only thing you need to care about it to export the mapping this is done my pressing CTRL + SHIFT + =, and then you can download the mapping.

There are 3 features with the tool that is useful.

  1. To make documentation simply upload the XMI file.
  2. To copy the comments that you have filled out in a document, you can upload the old excel document and then it will be possible to see the comments.
  3. Find the difference between two different mappings or versions. The tool will show what is different between the documents.

The difference tool is really useful when you don’t know what a person did last time or what a patch contained.

Check out the video, which will guide you thru the process of steps of the documentation.

Start using it now 

Presentation on Easy documentation in Belgium

I will be hosting a presentation on how to do easy documentation in Belgium. the Belgian SAP User Group is having a meeting on the 29 September 2011. It is the day just after the Global Special Interest Group for SAP PI is having their meeting. It is nice to be able to combine two events with each other.

The agenda can be found at

I’ll be talking about how to document SAP PI scenarios and message mappings.

I hope to see you in Belgium otherwise; we may meet in Teched in Madrid.

PIArchiving now in the AWS Solution Providers Directory

Figaf has teamed up with Amazon WebServices (AWS) to be able to archive messages for a longer time period. AWS provides affordable long term storage of files.

For the PIArchiving solution it is of key importance to have a cheap easy way to store messages for a long time. AWS S3 provides this making it easy for users to store their data in the systems. Data is stored securely in S3, by being encrypted when it is uploaded.

PIArchiving also uses SimpleDB to store metadata about messages. It makes it possible to find the invoice with the number 123 or the message sent from partner ABC. There is parsers for EDIFACT, X12 and XML.

See the website for more information on the SAP PI Archiving solution.

Figaf launches new Product: SAP PI archiving

We are proud that it is finally possible to show our newest product. The SAP PI archiving solution. helps when you are going to archive your incoming or outgoing EDI documents to a PIArchive.

It is really easy to setup, so you can get started immediately.

The price is €4000 so it is really cheap compared to a lot of other SAP PI solution. We are just focusing on creating a lot bigger market for the solution.

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