10 Mar SAP Netweaver
SAP NetWeaver (formerly called mySAP Technology) is SAP’s new integration platform. It contains components with functionally different purposes but with the ability of working together, using which it aims at integrating business processes, the persons related to these processes and the information issuing from these processes within the framework of organization and the technologies.
SAP NetWeaver platform consists of four distinct layers. The desired integration is achieved through the common utilization of these four layers:
Application Platform: The SAP systems such as ERP, CRM, SCM, BW etc. that will enter the integration run technically on SAP Web Application architecture – with its new name. Unlike the former technology, SAP WAS enables SAP components to go online using HTTP, SMTP, XML, SOAP etc. without requiring any additional tools. Also, the most important feature of SAP WAS is the fact that it supports Java programming language beside ABAP for developments to SAP products such as ERP or CRM.
Process Integration Layer: The most important elements that enable integration within SAP NetWeaver are situated in this layer. Single-system or cross-system business processes can be designed as desired and realized automatically through XML-based messages that enable integration between SAP-SAP or SAP-nonSAP systems using SAP Exchange Infrastructure (XI) and SAP Business Workflow (a standard component of SAP’s) components.
Information Integration Layer: The data that is received from SAP systems such as ERP or CRM and from non-SAP systems such as Oracle Database, Excel Worksheet or XML Document, into SAP Business Warehouse (BW) system are processed through queries which transform the data obtained during processes into information. The information is remoulded into knowledge and presented to the person who needs to use it in the fastest way possible using Knowledge Management. Content Management and SAP TREX (an advanced search engine) allow the knowledge to be accessed effectively. And the master data throughout the systems such as materials, partners, BOMs and the like are managed through a single system using SAP Master Data Management (MDM) which avoids duplication of master data and allows the creation of the master data in several systems at once.
People Integration Layer (Interaction with users): People Integration is one of the most important layers of the SAP NewWeaver platform, aimed at allowing all the information produced at lower layers to reach the users at any time and place. It achieves this by enabling users to access the information they need on enterprise level through the SAP Enterprise Portal (EP) using an Internet browser running on a PC or PDA. SAP EP allows all the products mentioned in the other layers to be presented to users and helps all users achieve Collaboration, i.e. the sharing of information.
Enterprise Portals (EPs) are the most preferred interface as they allow easy and organized access to applications, information and other services that employees need for their daily tasks. A portal that is safe and rich in content and can be personalized helps increase employees’ output rate and productivity and decrease management and support costs. The new technologies have carried portals beyond providing a data access point for a company’s employees to becoming a meeting point for all the stakeholders including customers, potential customers or suppliers.
SAP Enterprise Portal is one of the modules within SAP NetWeaver architecture. It has a structure perfectly suited to business requirements as a central access point to all the internal and external company data, company applications and services. It comprises data management, analysis and linking tools and enables more than one user to work in collaboration. SAP Enterprise Portal allows helps you achieve the following:
- Integrate all kinds of business data to control heterogenous IT media.
- Optimize investment costs by using existing IT systems more efficiently.
- Make use of open standards to make the most of existing investments.
- Transform unstructured data into utilizable information.
- Present users with content that suits their roles.
- Enable the user to access information swiftly and view it in context, and thus achieve better information management with inclusive content management, classification and search abilities.
- Boost user efficiency and satisfaction, and improve decision making mechanisms through role-based standard contents with personalized structure.
- Share information and work in collaboration throughout the enterprise.
- Boost efficiency by solving business problems faster and more easily.
- Cut down cost and achieve better relations between the company, suppliers, partners and customers thanks to tools that allow collaboration beyond enterprise boundaries.