Friday, October 28, 2011

Business Server Page (BSP) error while application call based in IP address

Hello all ABAPers or rather to say BSPers J I just encounter strange error while I invoked my BSP application by URL comprised of IP address instead of usual hostname. I was forced to use IP address because we had an issue with nameserver/ DNS and call of server by its hostname failed. It was even clumsier to me when I realized that my BSP is failing with following error:

Business Server Page (BSP) error
What happened?
Calling the BSP page was terminated due to an error.
 SAP Note
The following error text was processed in the system:
      The URL contains no complete domain specification ( instead of<domain>.<ext>).
Exception Class CX_FQDN
Error Name      
Program            CX_FQDN=======================CP
Include CX_FQDN=======================CM002
ABAP Class        CX_FQDN
Method CHECK
Line      10
Long text          -
Error type: Exception
Your SAP Business Server Pages Team

By researching on SMP I realized that this is normal behavior. According following note:  

You can only call BSP only via “hostname based URLs”, like: <domain>.<ext>:<port>

Some more info on topic of URL requirements in SAP are can be found in note:

654982 - URL requirements due to Internet standards

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

How to find out Plug-in version?

I already discussed in one of my previous posts topic of BI_CONT, PI_BASIS, ST-PI, PI-A, R3-PLUG-IN. In that post I introduced concept of SAP data extraction and delivering it to SAP BW. Basically it is nothing else as SAP API (SAPI) framework for extraction of data from SAP systems. There is one exception. It is in case of SAP ByDesign (BBD) system. There is is delivered differently. 

SAPI is also referred by term plug-in Plug-In. As already mentioned in post mentioned above (BI_CONT, PI_BASIS, ST-PI, PI-A, R3-PLUG-IN see some differences?) in year 2005 SAP spitted PlugIn component into 2 parts: 

·         PlugIn – data sources
·         PlugIn Basis"(PI_BASIS) – contains SAPI framework

Later on as of SAP Basis version 7.00 data sources were moved to SAP application specific
Finally I’m coming into the topic how to find out version of your PlugIn Basis component? I was able to realize 2 ways so far:

1.    Running FM BWSAPI_GET_VERSION in TA SE37:

1.    Having a look into table RSSAPIVERS:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

SAP’s acquisitions over years

Here’s brief list of companies acquired by SAP over the years:

11/2018Contextor – provider of robotic process automation (RPA). Most likely will be integrated to SAP's Leonardo machine learning process and overall process automation business to deliver “intelligent enterprise”.

11/2018 - Qualtrics, LLC – provider of experience management (XM) software. Product called XM Platform collects feedback and data across the four vital areas of a business – customers, employees, product and brand.

05/2018Coresystems AG - provider of crowd service and field service management solutions for technicians. Will be part of SAP Service Cloud portfolio.

05/2018 - Technology Management Associates (TMA) – SAP NS2 (SAP National Security Services Inc., independent U.S. subsidiary, offering SAP solutions with specialized levels of security and support to meet the requirements of U.S. national security and critical infrastructure customers) acquired intelligence IT firm that delivers collaborative Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance technologies and employee engineering services supporting critical national security programs.

01/2018 - Callidus Software Inc - delivers cloud-based Lead to Money (Quote-to-Cash) solutions. Their cloud software in area of Lead to Money includes Sales Performance Management (SPM) and Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ). Most likely it will be integrated into something that SAP calls front office as part of CRM solutions.
01/2018 - – provides so called conversational user experience  which is chatbot based technology to accelerate development of SAP Leonardo Machine Learning capabilities.

09/2017Gigya – provider of Registration-as-a-Service, which addresses changing geographical privacy issues and manages compliance requirements such as the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It will be incorporated into SAP's Hybris marketing business, which offers so-called "ommichannel" integration that allows businesses to keep tabs on customers whether they shop in stores, online or on their phones.

12/2016Abakus - a provider of solutions for cross-channel marketing measurement and optimization as cloud-based to boost SAP Hybris Marketing Cloud.

09/2016 - - developer of enterprise grade IoT (internet of Things) solutions ranging from smart equipment and transportation to smart cities and manufacturing. It will accelerate availability of IoT capabilities in SAP HANA Cloud Platform in areas of lifecycle management for IoT devices, broad device connectivity, IoT capabilities that work seamlessly with a cloud back end, end-to-end role-based security and rapid development tools for IoT applications.

08/2016 - Altiscale Inc. - Big Data-as-a-service company specializing in Hadoop, Spark and other big data frameworks. SAP will probably use portfolio of this company for integrating HANA and Hadoop.

07/2016Fedem Technology – provider of IoT solutions for oil and gas industry. Its technology will be used to build end-to-end IoT solutions in field of predictive maintenance space as well as various Industry 4.0 scenarios.

02/2016 - MeLLmo Inc - Roambi – Roambi is set of applications that changes raw data into interactive graphics (data prettifier’) designed for mobile devices. SAP acquires key assets of Roambi to deliver innovations to enable users with easy-to-use analytics solutions that can retrieve relevant data anywhere, anytime.

09/2014 - Concur Technologies – Creator of popular app TripIt. Top cloud travel/expense management software vendor. For SAP it is another big push to cloud software.

08/2014OpTier – was a provider of Application Performance Management (APM) solution which creates a single record from every customer interaction, regardless of channel or geography etc. The interaction records transcend technical and organizational siloes, and provide a single source of truth for how customers interact with your business. 

05/2014SeeWhy provider of cloud based behavioral marketing solutions. It will be added into hybris portfolio aiming 1-to-1 personalized marketing based on real-time customer behavior that converts customer interactions into sales.

03/2014FieldGlass provider of solutions for procuring and managing contingent labor and services. These services will be part of SAP cloud services portfolio with possible redesign to be based on HANA platform.

Approx. 01/2014 - KMS Onboarding – added to recruitment product offering of SAP SuccessFactors.

12/2013GK Software provider of software solutions for the retail sector. SAP was granted 5.29% of shares. SAP is partnering with GK Software AG since 2009 in the retail field. GK Store Solutions is being sold by SAP. Data from devices used within a store (POS terminals, scales, mobiles, self-check-out, etc.) used in GK solution are integrated with SAP apps.

09/2013KXEN provider of predictive analytics technology for line-of-business users and analysts. Their product will be included in SAP Predictive Analysis software and other HANA offerings.
06/2013Hybris - a Swiss e-commerce software company, most likely hybris products will replace SAP WCEM (Web Channel Experience Management).

03/2013Camilion – Canada’s Ontario provider of solutions for insurance industry: product development, product life-cycle and underwriting. Most likely it will be included in SAP for Insurance industry solution portfolio.

02/2013SmartOps  - provider of inventory and service level optimization software. This would help SAP obtain 'real time supply chain' software programs that can help in propagating SAP HANA.

01/2013Ticket-Web - company providing ticketing solutions and CRM software for sports and entertainment promoters. With regards to HANA SAP can do real time insight into fast changing behavior customer in field of sport/culture events. This may enable promoters to evaluate their tactics and offers better solutions.

05/2012Ariba Inc. Another (after SuccessFactors) cloud computing based software this time in area of collaborative business commerce. Ariba very famous by providing solutions for indirect procurement/purchasing will add its portfolio to e.g. SAP’s cloud based SRM.
04/2012 Syclo - Provider of Mobile Asset Management and Field Service Solutions to extend SAP Mobile Platform.

01/2012 – Purisma Inc. - Master Data Management company.

01/2012 Datango – provider of software for creating multilingual documentation, classroom training presentations, e-learning materials and online help.

12/2011 SuccessFactors – provider of human capital management (HCM) cloud solutions. Running as subsidiary company. Gained portfolio for SAP Business ByDesign.

09/2011 Crossgate – enabler of B2B electronic data exchange.

09/2011 Right Hemisphere - 3-D Visualization Software-Maker.

01/2011 Software Security Products and Assets from SECUDE.

12/2010 Disclosure Management Solutions division from cundus AG.

05/2010 Sybase Inc. – provider of mobile and database solutions.

04/2010 Technidata AG – provider of Environment Heath and Safely (EHS) Industry Solution.

12/2009 SOALogix Inc. – US based company specialized in software business processes and 
application integration. Added to SAP PI (formerly XI) solution as part of NetWeaver.

09/2009 SAF Simulation, Analysis and Forecasting AG (SAF AG) specialized in ordering and forecasting software solutions for the retail, logistics, and industrial sectors.

06/2009 Highdeal S.A. - provider of real-time billing solutions for telecommunications.

05/2009 Clear Standards, Inc. - US Company specialized in software solutions for the management of carbon emissions.

05/2009 Sky Data Systems Inc., specialized in mobile CRM software solutions.

02/2009 CogHead, specialized in web-based service for building and hosting custom online database apps. It services are now part of OnDemand (formerly known as SAP River) Platform.

07/2008 Visiprise, Inc. - provider of business solutions for integrated manufacturing operations in companies. By that SAP delivers Perfect Plant strategy for discrete manufacturing customers.

02/2008 BusinessObjects – leader in Business Intelligence. SAP’s BI portfolio became really broaden.

11/2007 Silk Europe - Silk was an Outlook-Soft reseller in the Netherlands and Belgium.

10/2007 Yasu Technologies, to improve business process management (BPM) capabilities of NetWeaver (SAP PI).

07/2007 MaXware - provider of identity management software.

05/2007 Wicom Communications Ltd. - provider of all-IP contact center and enterprise communications software.

05/2007 OutlookSoft Corporation - provider of integrated planning, budgeting, forecasting and consolidation software. Gaining market share within area of business performance management. Later SAP based SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) for Microsoft platform based on this product. Now it is below to SAP BusinessObjects portfolio.

02/2007 Pilot Software - company specializing in strategy management software. Improving portfolio of analytic applications.

07/2006 Praxis Software Solutions Inc. - New capabilities for SAP Business One

05/2006 Frictionless Commerce Inc. - on-demand supplier relationship management (SRM) software. Later became SAP Sourcing solution.

05/2006 Virsa Systems Inc. – entering GRC market introducing Virsa FireFighter product

12/2005 Khimetrics Inc. - provider of software for retailers to analyze how to price and position items, optimize demand and deliver accurate profitability forecasts.

11/2005 Transact in Memory Inc. (TIM) – Company known for developing next-generation in-memory DBMS (known as P*TIME) engine. Originally South Korean company funded in 2000. Later in 2002 they moved to Silicon Valley. Once acquired by SAP it company was transformed to SAP’s Korean entity as SAP Labs Korea. P*TIME engine is one of foundations of SAP HANA. They contribute to SAP's HANA In-Memory DB (HANA) development.

09/2005 Triversity Inc. - provider of point-of-sale (POS) software solutions helps to improve SAP for Retail product.

06/2005 Lighthammer Software Development Corp. - supplier of enterprise manufacturing intelligence and collaborative manufacturing software. Now part of SAP xApps composite application on the SAP NetWeaver platform.

01/2005 iLytix Systems AS – provider of reporting and budgeting tools. Now part of BI capabilities for Small and Midsize Businesses e.g. XL Reporter for SAP Business One (SBO).

07/2004 A2i Inc – to support SAP MDM solution.

01/2005 TomorrowNow (TN) Inc – the most troubled acquisition maybe in whole software industry ever. TN was provider of support and upgrade services for software of JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Siebel etc.

12/2005 SAP Systems Integration AG (SAP SI) – Included into SAP Consulting division.

07/2003 DCW Software AG – added to SME portfolio.

03/2002 TopManage Financial Solutions Ltd. – Foundation of SAP Business One (SBO) product. Solutions for small enterprises (SME or SMB). Later became SAP subsidiary called SAP Manage Ltd.

03/2001 TopTier Software - created SAP Portals subsidiary. Its portfolio becomes SAP  (NetWeaver) Enterprise Portal.

05/2000 In-Q-My Technologies – JAVA server (In-Q-My Application Server) developed by this company became SAP Web Application Server (Web AS) JAVA.

12/1997 Kiefer & Veittinger GmbH - sales force automation software company. SAP gained CRM solutions and consulting stuff (operated that time as SAP CRM Consulting GmbH). Moreover they got offshore development in capabilities located in Bangalore, India. The location known as K&V Lab became SAP Labs Bangalore.

1991 - provider Steeb – became a daughter Company of SAP; later in 2007 specializing on SAP Business ByDesign - 2010 

10/1997 – Commerce One – not acquisition, SAP just invested in E-commerce vendor. In their joint development Commerce One's procurement software (Enterprise Buyer Professional Edition) was supposed to be integrated R/3. During dot com bubble and its burst however relationship was terminated. Commerce One went bankrupt in 2004.

1994 - DACOS Software GmbH – developed software solutions for retail industry like simulation and optimization of assortments, prices, and promotions for the retail industry. It becomes SAP Retail Solutions GmbH & Co.

1991 - provider Steeb – became a daughter Company of SAP; later in 2007 specializing on SAP Business ByDesign - 2010 

1990 - CAS – N/A - not possible to find more info on this acquisition