Tuesday, December 4, 2007

SAP NetWeaver 7.1

SAP’s technical foundations of its solution – NetWeaver is reaching next evolution cycle. Components like application server, mobile solutions, exchange infrastructure, collaboration, enterprise portal, business intelligence, knowledge management, business process management and master data management are creating a platform on which top SAP software sits. Since NW 04 (2004) was basically integration platform: unified Web Application Server (WAS), web services, enterprise services, XI, BI and MDM; NW 05 (2004s) is about composite platform: SAP composite apps – xApps; NW06 (NW 7.1) is/will be about business process platform: BPM, modeling tools.

Three main parts are added to NW 7.1 surrounded business process platform: Composition Environment (CE), Enterprise Services Repository (ESR) and NetWeaver Process Integration (PI).

Composite applications (composites) are functioning service-enabled interfaces to existing backend systems. NW 7.1 is coming with tools to develop, run, and manage composite applications using SAP's enterprise SOA. This is based on enhanced technologies like:

  • SAP NetWeaver Application Server for Java
  • Web Dynpro
  • SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio for service creation and provisioning
  • Service Registry and repository for service management
  • Guided Procedures for process modeling
  • SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer for UI modeling
  • SAP Composite Application Framework for Java business object modeling and service abstraction

Enterprise Services Repository is SAP’s web services repository.

NetWeaver Process Integration (NWPI) is next generation of SAP Exchange infrastructure (XI) kind of integration hub; handling integration between SAP/non-SAP applications.

See online documentation of NW 7.1 for details.

What is coming as next? Of course NetWeaver 7.2 :o)

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