Enabling Business-to-Business Processes: Security Aspects

About This Document

This document summarizes the security aspects relevant to business-to-business (B2B) processes. Since all these aspects are described in more detail in the SAP NetWeaver Process Integration Security Guide, links to this guide are included when appropriate.

Target Groups

?     Technical consultants

?     System administrators

Overview

SAP NetWeaver usage type Process Integration (PI) can be used for two main purposes:

?     Intra-enterprise application integration (EAI) where company-internal heterogeneous applications communicate using PI. This is also known as A2A (application-to-application) communication.

?     Inter-enterprise integration where companies exchange XML messages. This is also known as B2B (business-to-business) communication.

The scenario Enabling Business-to-Business Processes covers the B2B communication and distinguishes two variants of B2B processes:

?     Business Partner Integration Using Industry Standards

?     Smaller Business Partner and Subsidiary Integration

For generic B2B processes, see the security guide for SAP NetWeaver usage type PI.