What Is PDF/A

  • - PDF/A is an ISO-standardized version and a subset of PDF that is meant for archiving information
  • - The "A" stands for “Archive”
  • - In order to preserve the information in the file and to ensure that content is still available after a long time of storage
  • - PDF/A sets a stricter standard than PDF
  • - PDF/A is different from PDF
  • - Prohibiting features ill-suited to long-term archiving, such as font linking (as opposed to font embedding)
  • - Metadata is embedded using the XMP format


  • - SNI SAP-ZUGFERD is an SAP add-on enabling electronic invoice exchange including structured data in an efficient way
  • - ZUGFeRD is abbreviated for »Zentraler User Guide des Forum Elektronische Rechnung Deutschland«
  • - It is a new invoicing standard that will play a major role in efficient and effective electronic invoicing
  • - The goal of ZUGFeRD is to enable electronic invoice exchange including structured data in the public and private sectors
  • - ZUGFeRD invoices carry both a human-readable representation (rendering) of the invoice as well as a structured machine-readable XML representation
  • - The human-readable rendering is encoded as one or more PDF pages according to the PDF/A standard

Incoming Invoice (Legacy) & Incoming Invoice (New Innovative Way)

Inbound Benefits:

  • - No OCR needed
  • - Output data is accessible and inbound posting is possible
  • - No need to keep paper

Outgoing Invoice (Legacy) & Outgoing Invoice (New Innovative Way)

Inbound Benefits:

  • - No SAP Script Development for printing/sending output
  • - No SAP Smartform Development for printing/sending output
  • - No Idoc, EDI or similar development for integration
  • - Data can be sent via Web service, or file-based technologies like email, Ftp, sFtp...
  • - Output data will be accessible via PDF and XML any time
  • - Digital signature Supported files (Xades, Pades)

How Can SNI Help You?

- A single partner for all countries:
At SNI, our primary objective is to be the global partner to help our customers remain compliant in this new digital world.

- End-to-end solution all three major steps in one single SAP add-on:
SNI covers all three 3 main layers for digital tax reporting and regulatory compliance

SNI Solution Architecture

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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