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SAP NetWeaver- ArchiveLink Integration of Business Documents (BC-AL)


BC-AL connects content management systems to SAP. It is a cross-application interface that provides SAP applications with archive functionality.

This interface is based on HTTP and a SAP NetWeaver BAPI interface

With the introduction of the scenario releases BC-AL 7.20 and 7.40, the functional scope of the tests from BC-AL 6.20 and 6.40 remain unchanged, but the following functionalities have become an optional part of the certification test:

  • Communication via OLE 2.0 Automation between front-end and archive

  • Barcode Handling via BAPI method BAPI_BARCODE_SENDLIST

The mandatory part of the certification test covers the communication between the SAP system and a partner’s content server a HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) between application server – front-end and content server.

This Integration Scenario is also available with SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition.

Getting Started

The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) highly recommends that ISVs and partners, who are interested in certifying an integration of their product with SAP solutions, begin with our page Getting Started with Integration and Certification on that explains the SAP ICC services and describes the process how to obtain them. This page helps you select the correct integration scenario and contains technical information, streaming media presentations, step-by-step guides, and much more.

Release Information

The below release version are available for certification

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Technical Documentation

SAP NetWeaver 7.00 onwards

BC-AL remains unchanged. AL-LOAD was introduced as an optional load test sequence and is offered as a separate certification. A bundling with BC-AL is not required.

The integration scenario release BC-AL 7.40 supports the most recent SAP Content Server HTTP interface version 4.7 and utilizes the extended security features of the SAP NetWeaver Application Server like scanning documents for active content. However it does not replace the integration scenario BC-AL 7.20. The previous versions of the SAP HTTP Content Server interface 4.5 and 4.6 are still supported and we expect many SAP customers to stay with these versions.

For more information on the BC-AL and AL-LOAD certification test, kindly contact us

In addition to the technical interface specifications, please also refer to the applicable SAP Solution Manager Ready

Test system recommendation from ICC

A SAP NetWeaver test system environment for development and testing is required. . Please make sure that this requirement is available prior to start the technical certification process.

Price List

Integration ScenarioPrice and Region
BC-AL 7.20/ 7.40 as a standalone10.000 Euro Per Certification
AL-LOAD as a standalone *5.000 Euro Per Certification

Note: Euro currency is applicable to all countries.

*Note: The AL-LOAD test for HTTP Content Server can only be conducted on a HTTP Content Server (Storage System) where a valid BC-AL or BC-HCS certification is available

To understand all services and benefits included in this fee, please refer to the Getting Started Page

Benefits of Certification

Customers using SAP-certified solutions in their SAP environment, as well as the ISVs and partners offering these, experience great benefits such as shorter implementation times, technical enablement, and marketing assets that certification provides.

Please visit theCertification Benefits overview pagefor more information.

  • After successful certification testing the ISV solution can be advertised with the following logo:

  • This Certification Scenario is "SAP Solution Manager Ready. The SAP Solution Manager Ready functionality test is only provided upon vendor request and no longer mandatory part of the certification test. 

Important Links:This is the central homepage for SAP NetWeaver Capabilities on SDN.

ICC Webinar You are invited to join our introductory webinars - hosted by the SAP Integration and Certification Center in regular intervals. For a schedule and recordings got to the page "SAP Integration and Certification Webinar Series.

Apply for ICC Services right away - please fill in the SAP ICC online application form

SAP Application Development partner directory: The certified solution is listed in our SAP Application Development partner directory

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