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Document Information Extraction

Document Information Extraction is one of the SAP AI Business Services on the SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP). This ML-enabled service is available through the Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreement (CPEA) and also in the Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) model. With this blog post we want to announce that Document Information Extraction has been featuring the Free Tier service plan since September, 2022.

Document Information Extraction enables enterprises to extract business-relevant entities (e.g. header fields or line items) from business documents. It is pre-trained for invoices, payment advice notes, purchase orders, and business cards. It offers also additional extension capabilities such as template-based processing for custom document types.

The business benefits include the possibility to process more documents with less errors and difficulties, to reduce the time-to-value, to increase quality and compliance mechanisms as well as let employees focus on value-adding and customer-facing tasks. Some common use cases are:

  • Acceleration of supplier invoice processing

  • Automation of sales order creation

  • Support of HR admission & employee onboarding processes

You can find more details in my previous blog post: Simplify Business Document Processing with SAP AI Business Services.

SAP BTP Free Tier

SAP BTP Free Tier account enables you to build and test your scenarios with a straight -forward path from testing to productive usage. As opposed to "free trial" it will allow you to upgrade to paid service plans and move your projects to production easily.

To start using Document Information Extraction under the free tier model, you will need to register and create an account in SAP BTP. This account entitles you to use Document Information Extraction with a limited quota.

We have prepared two tutorials to enable you to set up the free tier service plan of Document Information Extraction on SAP BTP:

  1. Get an Account on SAP BTP to Try Out Free Tier Service Plans.

  2. Use Free Tier to Set Up Account for Document Information Extraction and Go to Application


Please note that the free tier option for Document Information Extraction features a dedicated limited quota. Within these limits service is for free. For pricing details see SAP Discovery Center.

Here are the limits at glance:

Variable Maximum Limit

Uploaded document pages per tenant in a rolling period of seven days, i.e. the entitlement of 40 document pages is renewed every seven days.

Tip: The rolling period starts when you upload the first document.
Max. pages per document 40

Number of clients created per tenant

Tip: A default client is created following tenant provisioning, enabling you to use the service immediately.
Number of enrichment data records per tenant 10
Number of schemas per client 10
Number of templates per tenant 3
Number of document samples per template 5