What are Web Services and How to Integrate Them with SAP ?

July 21, 2023


Web services have revolutionized the way applications and platforms communicate and exchange data. With their ability to transcend platform and application boundaries, web services provide numerous advantages that have made them an integral part of modern technology.

Advantages of Web Services

  • Web services enable communication between any third-party application by using the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) over HTTP.
  • In addition to including the endpoints for the send request, they offer a uniform set of rules for communication. For Web services like WCF, we don’t require a lot of configuration.
  • WEB Services support data exchange between different platforms and different applications.
  • Web services enable communication between different applications by using the Simple Object Access Protocol(SOAP) over HTTP
  • In addition to including the endpoints for the send request, they offer a uniform set of rules for communication. Web services like WCF, does not require a lot of configuration.
  • Web Services can be used as web page requests and help us to receive data.
  • They support faster communication.
  • They support the highest priority of interoperability.
  • By using Web services, applications can easily communicate and exchange data among themselves.

Disadvantages of Web Services

While web services offer numerous advantages, they are not without their drawbacks. It’s important to consider these limitations when evaluating the suitability of web services for specific applications
  • The request for Web services is larger than that encoded with the binary protocol. It does matter when there are low-speed connections or busy connections.
  • Web Services do not have any other way to discover the service.
  • It uses XML, which needs to be processed in order to be read. It supports many standards, that should be followed while creating an application.
By considering these limitations alongside the benefits, developers and businesses can make informed decisions about when and how to leverage web services effectively, striking a balance between functionality, performance, and compatibility.
A subset of XML called Web Services Description Language (WSDL) is used to transmit XML communications. The behaviour of a web service is described using the WSDL. An XML-based interface supports it.


The above example is a sample of the WSDL.
The address element contains the endpoint of the client.
We can view the WSDL directly on the browser window, as mentioned below.

How to add a web service using WSDL?

For Adding Web Service in the project, we have to use the following steps.

1) Right-click the project in which you want to add the service and click on “add” option.

2) Next, select "Service Reference" from the following dialogue box.

3) A new dialog boxwill open after clicking on the “add service reference: option.

In the above example, the address will contain a WSDL path. It may be from the local system or any online URL. After clicking on the “ok”, Button, the service gets added to the project.
For security, we can use an SSL certificate at both the ends. It is an asynchronous request and response while calling the SAP endpoints. The SAP gateway port should always be open while sending the request and receiving the response.
We can call endpoints using the following sample code.
If we are using an old version of the dot net framework, we have to use the following code for sending requests to SAP gateway:
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