Saturday, December 1, 2007

SAP NetWeaver

SAP NetWeaver

People Integration

Information Integration

Process Integration

Application Framework

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People Integration brings functionality and information to people. On the people level, end users will settle for nothing less than a seamless user experience (in spite of the growing system diversity), boundless collaboration functionality, and pervasive access.

  • Multi-Channel Access - With multi-channel access, you can connect to enterprise systems through voice, mobile, or radio-frequency technology. Multi-channel access is delivered through Mobile Infrastructure.

  • Portal - This capability provides industry-leading portal technology that delivers unified, personalized, and role-based user access to your heterogeneous IT environment. Portal infrastructure is provided through SAP Enterprise Portal.

  • Collaboration - Collaboration promotes dynamic communication within permanent and ad hoc teams or communities -- including shared e-mail, calendars, threaded discussions, and document stores.

Information Integration

Information Integration makes both structured and unstructured information available in the enterprise in a consistent and accessible manner. Users demand ubiquitous access to information wherever it resides. That information must be served in a consistent manner and its integrity guaranteed.

  • Business Intelligence - This capability enables you to integrate, analyze, and disseminate relevant and timely information. It is delivered through SAP Business Intelligence, which provides a robust suite of business intelligence tools to help you create and deploy customized, interactive reports and applications, supporting decisions at every level.

  • Knowledge Management - Knowledge management with user-centric services provides a single access point to SAP's content management system and third-party repositories -- with integrated search, taxonomy, classification, content management, publishing, and related workflow processes.

  • Master Data Management - This capability promotes information integrity across a business network in a heterogeneous IT environment. It enables the sharing of harmonized master data formerly trapped in multiple systems and ensures cross-system data consistency -- regardless of system location or vendor. This capability is delivered through SAP Master Data Management.

Process Integration

Process Integration enables business processes to run seamlessly across heterogeneous IT landscapes:
The business processes that span systems and organizations have to be well orchestred and offer high performance.

  • Integration Broker - This capability enables XML/SOAP-based communication between application components from various sources and vendors. It also enables you to define software components, interfaces, mappings, and content-based routing rules. This capability is delivered through SAP Exchange Infrastructure.

  • Business Process Management - With business process management, you can model and drive processes in a dynamic IT environment. It allows you to combine underlying applications into adaptive, end-to-end processes spanning the entire value chain.

Application Platform

The application platform of SAP NetWeaver is the SAP Web Application Server. It provides a complete infrastructure to develop, deploy and run platform-independent, robust and scalable Web Services and business applications. To allow this flexibility, different technologies have been established.

  • J2EE - The standard of developing multi-tier enterprise application based on Java. This standard has been defined by an open community, including SAP, and has been driven forward by SUN Microsytems Inc.

  • ABAP - ABAP has been developed for business application programming. One of its essential application areas is the processing of data from the central database. Many of the functions required for this are included in the language content and do not have to be programmed in ABAP itself.

  • DB and OS Abstraction - platform-independence - there is huge business value in not being dependent on a specific platform.

Security - Data security at transaction level is a prerequisite to competing in the Internet economy. SAP offers best-in-class, comprehensive security solutions that protect data and ensure the confidentiality of business transactions. As a global solution provider and trusted advisor, SAP provides security technologies to protect the data processed by the mySAP Business Suite. The security infrastructure of SAP NetWeaver delivers comprehensive security features for heterogeneous environments. Combined with specialized partner solutions, its state-of-the-art technology makes mySAP Business Suite the secure place to do business. For information on specific security-related topics, see Security in Detail

Solution Life-Cycle Management
SAP NetWeaver provides centralized technology for all stages of the software life-cycle, including design, development, deployment, implementation, versioning, testing, and ongoing operations. Web Dynpro supports a model-driven development methodology for building professional Web user interfaces.

Composite Application Framework
SAP Composite Application Framework provides a robust environment for the design and use of SAP xApps and composite applications that comply with Enterprise Services Architecture. SAP Composite Application Framework comprises design tools, methodologies, services and processes, an abstraction layer for objects, and user interface and process pattern libraries.

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