What is PEPPOL?

PEPPOL enables government organisations and private companies to exchange electronic trading documents over an interoperable, European-wide network. In simple terms it offers a standardised network connection for electronic ordering, invoicing and shipping.

Specifically, PEPPOL is a set of open and interoperable technical specifications across purchase-to-pay (P2P) business processes. It is not an eProcurement system it only connects organizations so that they can do business electronically. These organizations can be large government departments, private companies or their representative service providers.

Access Points

PEPPOL enables access to its network through accredited ‘Access Points’. Any organization on the network can become a PEPPOL Access Point in its own right by meeting the published specifications. Connections between Access Points are multi-lateral. As such, only one connection to PEPPOL is ever required.

All Access Points must agree that there will be no roaming fees between PEPPOL Access Points. This means that although you will pay for a service from your existing service provider, when connecting to a customer who uses a different service provider neither your or their service provider can charge you extra fees for the interoperable connection.

It does not matter that other organizations are using different service providers because all Access Points have agreed to interoperate, meaning existing eProcurement and e-Invoicing solutions become interconnected. Therefore, if your organization already uses an existing P2P solution your service provider is able to connect you to any of the other organizations within the PEPPOL network.

A Common e-Business Structure

PEPPOL consists of three parts; the network – known as the ‘PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure’, the legal framework that defines the network governance – known as the ‘PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure Agreements’, and the document specifications – known as the ‘PEPPOL Business Interoperability Specifications’ or - BIS.

The PEPPOL network is based on the classic 4-corner model. It offers the freedom for suppliers to engage with any ‘Access Point provider’ of their choice to send and receive electronic documents with any customer within the PEPPOL network. The network is governed by the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure Agreements establishing a many-to-many legal framework.

PEPPOL developed the BIS fort eProcurement processes (eCatalogue, eIrders, eDespatch Advices and eInvoices) to standardize electronic document exchange and validation. All document exchange is across an open and secure network via the sending and receiving Access Points.

How can SNI help you?

As an approved PEPPOL Access Point, SNI provides you an e2e solution to manage all your available transactions directly in your SAP ERP.

When you need to create and send an e-document (eCatalogue, eOrders, eDespatch Advices and eInvoices), you will be able to manage that documents in your SAP ERP and send those documents to a PEPPOL system directly through your SAP ERP.

Support for a long-term relationship

Main Features of SNI add-ons

  • - Fully integrated into SAP without an external interface or use of external software
  • - Globally registered «/SNI/» namespace for all objects
  • - SAP Version independent. Supports SAP ERP 4.7 and higher and also S/4HANA versions
  • - SAP release and upgrade independent; implemented without core modification
  • - ABAP is the programming language
  • - Installation is done simply by external transport file
  • - All developments under a package
  • - XML data stored in /SNI/ tables
  • - Compatibility – working with XI/PI or e-invoice integrators
  • - Standard SAP authorization used
  • - User-friendly screens
  • - Own customized tables
  • - Own transaction codes and menus

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