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FAQ

Free Version

Does it require SAP side changes?

It depends on which edition do you use:

  • Free edition does not require any installation on SAP side as it uses the RFC_READ_TABLE BAPI.
  • Professional edition uses Starschema’s proven integration technology. Custom RFC codes, secure channels, high data throughput. All SAP components require a commercial license, while everything is open source and all free on Talend’s side.

Does this plugin use only RFC reads or can it also use BAPI functions?

In the free version, the plugin uses RFC_READ_TABLE while the professional one uses our proprietary RFC functions. BAPI functions are supported by the Talend ETL application itself (see https://help.talend.com/display/TalendOpenStudioComponentsReferenceGuide521EN/2.31+tSAPInput  )

Can the Incremental load be done on the community edition?

Yes, but the community edition has the limitation of the RFC_READ_TABLE SAP RFC function (limited row length, limited column length).

General

Does it require SAP side changes?

It depends on which edition do you use:

  • Free edition does not require any installation on SAP side as it uses the RFC_READ_TABLE BAPI.
  • Professional edition uses Starschema’s proven integration technology. Custom RFC codes, secure channels, high data throughput. All SAP components require a commercial license, while everything is open source and all free on Talend’s side.

What kind of security settings does it use?

Our plugin uses SAP’s internal security concepts, including custom authorization objects. Starschema’s own DataSafe technology guarantees that no data will remain in a middle-state during the transfers. No intermediate status of the business data exists between SAP and other systems. It is as secure as your SAP and database servers are.

Can it download to CSV, XML or SOA/ESB?

Yes, faster than ever.

What kind of databases are supported?

To be short, almost every king. By leveraging Talend’s more than 550 advanced integration components data can be uploaded to all commercial database systems or structured file formats. Download and store valuable business data from any SAP. Regardless of used SAP modules, by using Starschema’s proven technology all SAP tables are available with only few clicks.
For the complete list of the integration components please visit: TalendForge.org

Does it void my licences and warranties?

No, Because of SAP’s license policies only RFC based communication is supported, every other method violates warranties and license agreements. PL/SAP Connector uses only standard data management methods on either SAP or other systems. It only uses technologies that are supported by SAP.

How does PLSC integrate with our existing SAP or Talend environment?

Almost seamlessly. Request a demo to see how simple it is.

How easy is it to get up to speed with PLSC?

PLSC was designed to be easy to use, so you can get up and running, and start producing results immediately. The PLSC components are fully integrated into the plugin and Talend application and look and feel like any other component. Data connectivity within PLSC components uses the familiar query panel, again providing an intuitive interface for designing. We also provide a number of how-to-videos to help you get started on your first project.

Why does PLSC cost so much?

Starschema customers tell us that PLSC helps them to deliver their projects up to 10 times faster. PLSC slashes load time and total cost of ownership. PLSC helps increase the speed of adoption and accessibility of data across your organization. Our customers typically see a return on investment with PLSC on their very first project.

I’m pointless

What options are available to get better depth of understanding of the SAP data structures to specify which tables to export? We have little SAP knowledge in house. Do any consultants work with your toolkit who have deep understanding of SAP?

Yes, we have experience with building data extractions or data warehouses from SAP data, especially with SD and FI modules.

Licensing

Does it void my licences and warranties?

No, Because of SAP’s license policies only RFC based communication is supported, every other method violates warranties and license agreements. PL/SAP Connector uses only standard data management methods on either SAP or other systems. It only uses technologies that are supported by SAP.

What versions of SAP does it work with? Which SAP modules are covered? How quickly are you able to keep up with SAP data changes?

It works with all SAP versions including from SAP R3 4.6 to ECC6.0 and ECC7.0.

What is the “breadth” of your license? Is it per copy of Talend or do you use some other metric?

It is licensed per one customer. Thus, if you buy a license, then you can use it within your company, or at one of your client without any restriction.

Usage

Does it require SAP side changes?

It depends on which edition do you use:

  • Free edition does not require any installation on SAP side as it uses the RFC_READ_TABLE BAPI.
  • Professional edition uses Starschema’s proven integration technology. Custom RFC codes, secure channels, high data throughput. All SAP components require a commercial license, while everything is open source and all free on Talend’s side.

Can it download to CSV, XML or SOA/ESB?

Yes, faster than ever.

What kind of databases are supported?

To be short, almost every king. By leveraging Talend’s more than 550 advanced integration components data can be uploaded to all commercial database systems or structured file formats. Download and store valuable business data from any SAP. Regardless of used SAP modules, by using Starschema’s proven technology all SAP tables are available with only few clicks.
For the complete list of the integration components please visit: TalendForge.org

How does PLSC integrate with our existing SAP or Talend environment?

Almost seamlessly. Request a demo to see how simple it is.

How easy is it to get up to speed with PLSC?

PLSC was designed to be easy to use, so you can get up and running, and start producing results immediately. The PLSC components are fully integrated into the plugin and Talend application and look and feel like any other component. Data connectivity within PLSC components uses the familiar query panel, again providing an intuitive interface for designing. We also provide a number of how-to-videos to help you get started on your first project.

How do you recommend handling change data management? Is it easy to configure the extracts to only pass on records that have been updated since the previous export? Can this be configured as an SAP-side function, to minimize the processing in Talend?

Our server side module simply executes SQL queries in the BAPI layer, thus, we could use the same techniques in Talend as in ABAP. For instance, you can join VBAK-VBAP together and filter on ERDAT field. In this case PLSAP will join and filter the changed records in SAP side, even before the data downloaded to Talend.

How can transformations be packaged to run on a scheduler?

Talend can export packages as web services or standalone, OS independent executable packages – which can be executed from Windows scheduler or any other scheduler.

Does this plugin use only RFC reads or can it also use BAPI functions?

In the free version, the plugin uses RFC_READ_TABLE while the professional one uses our proprietary RFC functions. BAPI functions are supported by the Talend ETL application itself (see https://help.talend.com/display/TalendOpenStudioComponentsReferenceGuide521EN/2.31+tSAPInput  )

How can we do an Incremental load on a daily basis?

The incremental conditions can be passed as WHERE conditions for the to-be-extracted statements. These conditions (date filters) can be loaded and saved during the ETL load phases.