SAP System Access to SAP PRO/PI systems


SAP System

One question that I often encounter is ‘how do I get access to SAP systems’.

Getting access to SAP systems provides a great way to practice. There are a few options available.


In recent years, SAP has become much more interested in providing real user access to potential clients and partners. Before, this was almost impossible – you needed to have your own server, you had to purchase expensive licenses, and you also needed to pay for costly maintenance services.

Nowadays things are much easier, as SAP provides real-time images that will allow a user to start up an instance and just pay for the server resources they are using on cloud services like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Assure.


SAP ERP systems or ECC systems


If you want to get user access to an ECC (ERP Central Component) system, you should know that it cannot be connected to any PO systems, but you can learn about how the processes work. The course on offer will provide you with some great tutorials: you will learn how SAP ERP functions, and you will be able to work with the different end-to-end processes. The course will cost you $199 (one-time fee).

Full SAP ERP S/4 HANA system

If you want a full SAP ERP system, then check this out. Here you will get a S/4 HANA system with all the information you need: Price is around $3-$4/hour, depending on region.


If you just want to learn how SAP PI/PO adapters work, and how to get the connectivity to work, then you should check out the SAP Cloud Appliance Library and find the appliance called SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP 7.4 on SAP MaxDB [trial edition]

You can find it at


SAP has now released a new image to test PRO, Operational Process Intelligence (OPInt), and the other packages. It can be found on, and it has a site on  CAL ( It is an update of NW 7.4 SP 11, so it is quite recent. The only bad thing is that it is using a large Amazon system, so the cost per hour is quite high.

An image used to be on Amazon: It is sadly no longer available, I do recommend that you comment in the thread if you miss it. This was the best system to use, so the best approach is to ask if somebody you know has a backup of it.


Note that the availability of these systems may change over time, so if you find something is out of sync, please share your observation in the comments.

Update 10 October 2015: with the 7.4 SP11 image from SAP.

Create Your Own SAP PRO System

Getting access to your own SAP PI or PRO system has often been a challenge, but now there is an easier way of doing it. All you have to do is follow the link to the SAP Store —, and you can immediately gain access to an SAP system. You need to create two accounts prior to accessing your SAP system:



Next, you can connect the Cloud Appliance Library — —  to Amazon Web Services. There you should find some fairly straightforward guides on how to do this. Just follow them, and in a matter of minutes you will have completed all the necessary steps to be able to start the instance. One possible issue you might have with the instance is that it is using a lot of memory. For example, the Amazon image called r3.4xl has a lot of memory that you don’t need for development; therefore, I suggest you stop the system once it has been created, and change the image type to r3.large — this only has 30.5 GB of memory, but as far as I have seen, it is enough to start various PI development systems. Obviously, if you want to do more HANA development, you may need more memory, but otherwise I don’t see a good reason for getting a larger image type.       


I hope this helps while you’re getting started with your PI development. Once your system is up and running, you can check out the files on, go through some of the different scenarios, or purchase the courses I offer, so you can learn how to use the tools associated with SAP systems.


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