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SAP NetWeaver For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-7645-6883-1
432 pages
May 2004
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Imagine that it’s the 1950s, and you are in charge of developing the U. S. interstate system. There are countless roads already in use. The system can go in numerous different directions. Where do you begin?

Starting to transform your business with SAP NetWeaver is that daunting. NetWeaver is both an application platform and an integration platform. It integrates your current IT systems to enable portals, collaboration, data management, and development environments. To grasp the complexities and possibilities of SAP ASAP, dig in with SAP NetWeaver For Dummies and explore:

  • MySAP Business Suite
  • SAP Enterprise Planning Resource (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Human Capital Management (HCM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), and more
  • Mobile Infrastructure that performs like a universal translator for mobile interfaces, including laptops, wireless phones, and PDAs
  • Master Data Management, including using the content consolidation technique to “clean up” data, master data harmonization to distribute it, and central master data management to maintain a data repository
  • Web Application Service and NetWeaver Developer Studio—tools that let you integrate and create your own customized applications

Written by Dan Woods, former CTO of The Street.com and CapitalThinking, and Jeffrey Word, the Director of Technology Strategy for SAP, this guide features real-life stories from businesses and examples of typical uses to help you cut through the complexities and get up and running. It includes a CD-ROM with:

  • Detailed white papers and product overviews
  • Stores from customers using SAP NetWeaver today
  • Demos that show SAP NetWeaver in action
  • A directory of resources for additional information

Like that interstate system, SAP NetWeaver doesn’t have to be integrated all at once. You choose the applications that have the most potential to benefit your company’s operations and bottom line. SAP NetWeaver For Dummies even gives you recommendations for rolling it out and suggests practical ways to get started and get quick returns on your SAP investment. Then you’re going full-speed ahead on the road to success!

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Enterprise Software Basics.

Chapter 1: SAP NetWeaver: The New Foundation of IT.

Chapter 2: Primordial Acronym Soup: The Origins of Enterprise.

Chapter 3: Meet SAP NetWeaver.

Chapter 4: The Birth of a Solution.

Chapter 5: A Blueprint for the Future.

Chapter 6: The Evolution of mySAP Business Suite.

Chapter 7: Composite Applications and SAP xApps: Flexible and Reusable Innovation.

Part II: The Cast of Components.

Chapter 8: SAP Enterprise Portal: Something for Everyone.

Chapter 9: SAP Mobile Infrastructure: Information Hits the Road.

Chapter 10: SAP Gives Business Intelligence.

Chapter 11: Mastering SAP Master Data Management.

Chapter 12: Exchanging Data.

Chapter 13: SAP Web Application Server: The Cornerstone of SAP NetWeaver.

Part III: A Nifty Development Toolkit.

Chapter 14: SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio.

Chapter 15: Visual Composer: Going Codeless.

Chapter 16: Composite Solutions.

Chapter 17: Tying It All Together: SAP Solution Manager.

Part IV: SAP NetWeaver in Action.

Chapter 18: The World of Internal Portals.

Chapter 19: Deploying Web Services.

Chapter 20: SAP R/3 and Then Some.

Chapter 21: Making Sense of Data: Analytics and Reporting.

Chapter 22: Doing the Application-to-Application Thing.

Chapter 23: Custom Made: Composite Applications.

Part V: Rolling Out SAP NetWeaver.

Chapter 24: Plans and People.

Chapter 25: Information Station.

Chapter 26: Nifty Implementation Processes and Swell Software.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 27: Ten (or so) Ways to Get Started with SAP NetWeaver.

Appendix: About the CD.

Index.

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Author Information

Dan Woods has a background in technology and journalism and now runs the Evolved Media Network, a firm focused on technology communications. He was CTO of TheStreet.com, and CapitalThinking, led development at Time Inc. Pathfinder, and created applications for NandO.net, one of the first newspaper Web sites. Dan has an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. He covered banking for three years at The Record of Hackensack, was database editor for three years at the Raleigh News & Observer, and has written six books on technology topics, in addition to numerous white papers and magazine articles. He thanks his wife, Daniele Gerard, and his children, Fiona and Eamon, for their indulgence and support during this project.

Jeffrey Word is the Director of Technology Strategy for SAP, based in Palo Alto, California. Jeffrey has worked at SAP since 2000 in a variety of roles in business development, strategic consulting, and market strategy. Jeffrey previously worked for several IT hardware and software companies in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. He earned an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management. He also earned a B.A. in European Studies and Spanish from the University of Oklahoma.

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