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NetWeaver From A to Z
(and Beyond)
Joshua Greenbaum
Enterprise Applications Consulting
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Agenda
 What is NetWeaver?
 NetWeaver Philosophy 101
 Essential xApps
 Exploring the NetWeaver Technology Fridge
 NW Issues, Versions, Competition
 NW and Your Future
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What is NetWeaver?
 The Infrastructure For MySAP Business Suite
 Development, Deployment, and Management
Platform
 The Platform for xApps and Composite Apps
 The Technological Answer to WebSphere, .NET,
WebLogic, etc.
 The Technology Future for SAP and Its Customers
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The NetWeaver “Refrigerator”
Source: SAP
PEOPLE INTEGRATION
Multi channel access
Portal
Collaboration
INFORMATION INTEGRATION
Bus. Intelligence
Knowledge Mgmt
Master Data Management
PROCESS INTEGRATION
Integration
Bus. Process
Broker
Mgmt
APPLICATION PLATFORM
J2EE
ABAP
DB and OS Abstraction
...
LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT
COMPOSITE APPLICATION FRAMEWORK
SAP NetWeaver
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Key Technologies in the
NetWeaver Fridge
 Enterprise Portal
 Business Intelligence and Master Data
Management
 Exchange Infrastructure
 Web Applications Server
 Composite Applications Framework
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NetWeaver Philosophy 101: SAP’s
Enterprise Services Architecture
 ESA: An Architecture for Developing and Deploying Composite
Applications Based on Interoperable Services
 The Basic Unit of Work is A Service, Not Application, Data or
API
 Service: Any Application, Process, or Data Element that Can
Be Used to Build Composite Applications
 Composite Applications: Applications that Take Existing
Services and Value-added Functionality To Create Entirely
New Capabilities
 Composite Apps Eliminate Spreadsheets and White Boards
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Enterprise Services Architecture:
Evolutionary View
User Logic
User Logic
User Logic
Bus. Process
Bus. Process
Bus. Process
Application
Application
Application
Mainframe
Client/Server
Services Based
Architecture
Source: SAP
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NetWeaver Philosophy 101: New
Applications Development
 ESA (NetWeaver) is Both Development and
Deployment Platform
 Java and/or ABAP Are Core Languages
 NW Provides
• Model-driven Development
• Business Process Modeling
• Workflow
• Integration
• Re-use, Scalability, Deployment
• Built-in BI Services
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NetWeaver Philosophy 101: The
Economic View
 Use Existing Apps and Technology Infrastructure
 Lower Total Cost of Ownership Through Leveraged
Assets (Technology and Technical Knowledge)
 Support Packaged Apps That Provide:
• Built-in Business Process Knowledge
• Low-cost Deployment
• User (Peer) Support
 Support Custom Apps That Provide:
• Leveraged Business Process Knowledge
• Leveraged Infrastructure/Technology/Apps
• Alternative to IBM On Demand
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NetWeaver Philosophy 101: xApps
and Composite Apps
 Composite Applications Based on NW, MySAP
Business Suite, and External Services
 xApp: Innovation Outside MySAP Business Suite
 Composite App: Innovation within MySAP
 Both Can Become Future Parts of Suite
 SAP, Third Party, Internally Developed
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NetWeaver “Sandwich”
mySAP Business Suite
xApps
Composite
Composites
Consumer
Promotions
Employee
Interaction
Center
...
Product
Innovation
Mgmt
...
SAP NetWeaver
...
ERP
CRM
Components
Source: SAP
Industry
Add-On
3rd
Party
Generic
Services
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xApps Current and Planned
 SAP:
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xRPM (Resource and Prog. Management, v. 2.0 12/03)
xPD (Product Development, 12/03)
xEPM (Employee Productivity, 12/03)
xKN (Knowledge Network, 12/03)
xMA (M&A, Q2/04)
 TechniData: xEM: Emissions Mgmt (12/03)
 BearingPoint: Data Center Operations Mgmt
 Accenture: E&P Online, Workspace Solution B2B Retail
Petroleum
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xApps Current and Planned
 Digital Fuel: Service Performance Mgmt
 BristleCone: plannerDA
 IBM: Performance Analytics, Warranty Network Mgmt
 EZCommerce: PharmaConnect by XHQ
 Lighthammer: INDX Manufacturing Performance
Intelligence
 NRX: Visual Information for Plants
 Vedaris: Energy Risk Management Controller
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NetWeaver Philosophy 101: The
Future
 Composite and xApps are the Future of Enterprise
Applications
 NetWeaver is the Innovation Infrastructure
 IBM and On Demand and .NET vs. NetWeaver:
Fighting for Innovation Ownership
 Where is Oracle, PeopleSoft?
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Top Shelf: Enterprise Portal
Source: SAP
PEOPLE INTEGRATION
Multi channel access
Portal
Collaboration
INFORMATION INTEGRATION
Bus. Intelligence
Knowledge Mgmt
Master Data Management
PROCESS INTEGRATION
Integration
Bus. Process
Broker
Mgmt
APPLICATION PLATFORM
J2EE
ABAP
DB and OS Abstraction
...
LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT
COMPOSITE APPLICATION FRAMEWORK
SAP NetWeaver
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Enterprise Portal
 Support Roles, Collaboration, Desktop Integration
 Integrate Third Party Apps, Services, iViews
 Mature Product, Large User Base Today
 EP 5.0 Currently, EP 6.0 Now Available
 EP 6.0: Supports Linux, Unix, Collaboration
 Value: Commensurate to Strategic Value of SAP
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Shelf #2: Business Intelligence
Source: SAP
PEOPLE INTEGRATION
Multi channel access
Portal
Collaboration
INFORMATION INTEGRATION
Bus. Intelligence
Knowledge Mgmt
Master Data Management
PROCESS INTEGRATION
Integration
Bus. Process
Broker
Mgmt
APPLICATION PLATFORM
J2EE
ABAP
DB and OS Abstraction
...
LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT
COMPOSITE APPLICATION FRAMEWORK
SAP NetWeaver
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Business Intelligence
 Comprehensive Solution Including
• Data Warehouse (BW)
• BI Platform (OLAP, Data Mining, etc.)
• SAP BW Business Explorer (Query Design, Reporting)
• Analytical Applications: Performance Measurement and
Management
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Real-time BI, Mobile Device Alerts/Reporting, 3rd Party Tools
 BW 3.5 Tied Directly to NW: BI as Web Service,
Includes Master Data Management
 Value: BI Massively Underused Asset
 “Mastering the SAP Business Information Warehouse”
by Kevin MacDonald, et. al., Compendit
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Inside Shelf 2: Master Data
Management
 The Universal Data Model: Repository of Master
Data Definitions
 Harmonize All the Data Sources: One Version of
the Truth
 Goals: Improve Process, Application and Partner
Integration, Lower Integration Cost and
Complexity
 Value: Long-term Goals vs. Short Term Gains
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MDM Long Term Vision
 One Version of the Truth
• Single Source for All Data: SAP and non-SAP
• Single Administrative Site for All Data Management
• Repository of Master Data Objects That Define Specific
Business Practices: Business-Specific Units of Measure
 Connect Heterogeneous Environments
• Linking Applications, Maintaining Consistent Data Among
Different Data Sources/Applications
 Control Corporate Data
• Central Management and Process Control For All Systems
(Internal and External)
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MDM Short Term Vision
 Synchronize Data in SAP Environments First,
Ensure Data Quality
 Multi-instance, Multi-revision Environments
 Limited Work with Customers for Vertical
“Universal Data Models”
 Version 1.0 Data Models: Product, Business
Partner (Customer, Vendor, Supplier),
Organizations Structure, BOM
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MDM Components
 Master Data Objects: Define the Business Objects
• Product Master
• Business Partner
• Product Structure
• Organizational Structure
 Data Services: Manage the MDM Environment
• Data Management Services
• Change Management
• Distribution
 Others
• Content Integration, Data Staging (ODS), Adapters, Etc.
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MDM Customer Road-Map
 Phase I: Content Consolidation. Data Integrity
Phase: Cleanse, De-Dup, Multi-Source Analysis,
No Architectural or Data Object Change
 Phase II: Master Data Harmonization: Above Plus
Central Data Management. Architectural Changes
To Create/Maintain Master Data Objects (But Not
Centrally)
 Phase III: Central Master Data Management:
Above Plus Centrally Stored and Managed (NonLocal) Master Data Objects
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Shelf #3: Exchange Infrastructure
Source: SAP
PEOPLE INTEGRATION
Multi channel access
Portal
Collaboration
INFORMATION INTEGRATION
Bus. Intelligence
Knowledge Mgmt
Master Data Management
PROCESS INTEGRATION
Integration
Bus. Process
Broker
Mgmt
APPLICATION PLATFORM
J2EE
ABAP
DB and OS Abstraction
...
LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT
COMPOSITE APPLICATION FRAMEWORK
SAP NetWeaver
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Exchange Infrastructure
 The Key To NetWeaver’s Success
 Integration Repository: Development-time
Repository for Processes, Objects, Interfaces
 Integration Directory: Deployment-time Directory
of Services
 Integration Server: Realizes Run-time Integration
 Adapters: RFC, IDOC, JDBC, SOAP, JMS, Third
Party, Siebel, Oracle, JDE
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Exchange Infrastructure
 The Key to Lower Cost of Ownership
 Watch for Industry Standards Such as
Rosettanet, CIDX (Chem.)
 Not Necessarily a Replacement for
Existing EAI Technology
 Extending BPM, not Just Apps Integration
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Shelf #4: Web Apps Server
Source: SAP
PEOPLE INTEGRATION
Multi channel access
Portal
Collaboration
INFORMATION INTEGRATION
Bus. Intelligence
Knowledge Mgmt
Master Data Management
PROCESS INTEGRATION
Integration
Bus. Process
Broker
Mgmt
APPLICATION PLATFORM
J2EE
ABAP
DB and OS Abstraction
...
LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT
COMPOSITE APPLICATION FRAMEWORK
SAP NetWeaver
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Web Apps Server
 UI (Web Dynpro), DB Abstraction, Web Services
Support
 Supports ABAP and J2EE Java
 Support Team Development Efforts
 Connectors to .NET (SOAP and RFC), Portal
Development for NW from Microsoft Coming,
Sharepoint Connector (Actional), Biztalk Interop
 Connectors to WebSphere, Portal Development,
WebSphere Interoperability
 Value: Commensurate to Strategic Value of SAP
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Side Dish: Composite Applications
Framework
 Development and Deployment Technology for
Composite Apps: Java, ABAP, Modeling, Portal
and XI Builders
 Uses Metadata About UI, Processes, Services, and
Objects
 Provides Modeling Environment for Web Services
Reuse
 Based on MDM Data Models
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NetWeaver And Its Parts: The
Version Roadmap
 Enterprise Portal: Currently 5.0, 6.0 Available in
Limited Release
 XI: Currently 2.0, 3.0 Coming in Q4
 WAS: Currently 6.3, 6.4 in Q4
 MDM: Currently 2.0. Integrated into WAS 6.3
 Business Intelligence: Changes Pending
 Look For Consolidated Release Next Year
 Developer Zone Launched at TechEd
(http://sdn.sap.com)
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NetWeaver And Existing SAP
Implementations
 Version Support: NW Integrates with 4.6 (Except
Portal) But 4.6 Still Requires BASIS
 NW Platform for 4.7 and Up
 IDOCS are All XML Compatible
 Licensing and Non-SAP Apps: XI and Portal
Included, One Time Fee and Maintenance for Each
Adapter
 XI Tracks Non-SAP Integration Usage
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NetWeaver Issues
 Fast-moving Technology, Unified Version Coming
 xApps Await Critical Mass and Demonstrable ROI
 MySAP Business Suite and XML Interfaces
 Integration: What is the Build vs. Buy Cost?
 Custom vs. Packaged Applications
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NetWeaver, .NET, and WebSphere
 Competition is More About Strategy than Pure
Technology
 What is the Strategic Platform?
 Who is the Strategic Partner?
 What Role Do Packaged Apps Have in Your Strategy?
 How Much Are You Willing to Build vs. Buy? (Cost,
Time, Maintenance, Scalability)
 Comparing TCO Is Hard: Do xApps Have Edge?
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Conclusion: Is NetWeaver For
You?
 Pure SAP Shop with Existing Skills: Highest Value
 Mixed SAP and Legacy Shop: Also High Value
 Mixed SAP and Oracle or PSFT: No Competing
Offering To Date
 Mixed SAP and WebSphere or .NET: Weigh the
Cost of Innovation
 New SAP Prospect: Yes
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