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All for One!

With the 2004s release of the SAP NetWeaver Portal, SAP has further enhanced the global portal functionality. This functionality allows many physically separate portals to act as one.

Please stay tuned for the second installment to be posted soon, One for All! where I’ll give you a peek at the multitenant functionality of the SAP NetWeaver Portal on 2004s.


What is a Global Portal?

Global Portal is a generic name for several configurations in which two or more portals are sharing content with each other. Implementing a Global Portal enables you to share, integrate and display multi-lingual information located in applications and persistence layers all over the world. The portals in this solution are organized as one single virtual content pool (federation). A Global Portal enables live and direct access to global applications and content without the need to deploy replication and synchronization mechanisms for content repositories.


Why a Global Portal?

To serve employees, customers and partners spread geographically.
To set up an IT infrastructure that is dispersed in numerous geographical locations worldwide.
To share, integrate and display multi-lingual information located in applications and persistence layers all over the world.
To provide live and direct access to global applications and content without the need to deploy replication and synchronization mechanisms for content repositories.
To set up secure connections between the different portals worldwide.
To set up an environment which ensures that only permitted users have access to sensitive content.


Some Common Terms.

Producer – A portal installation that provides remote access to locally deployed applications to other portals
Consumer – A portal installation that accesses the applications provided by the producer.
Portlet – An atomic UI unit that can be integrated in portal pages (aka iViews).
WSRP (Web Services for Remote Portlets) – It is an industry standard that is supported by all leading portal vendors. It enables interactive, presentation-oriented content services. SAP supports WSRP technically as well as by contributing to the standard.

What is New in 2004s.

In previous versions of the NetWeaver Portal, you were able to share iViews with other NetWeaver portals or other vendor’s portals using WSRP. In the 2004s version of the NetWeaver portal, you can still share the portlets, but between SAP NetWeaver Portals you can share Roles, Worksets, and Pages too. You are now able to manage your global portal network of producers and consumers in the portal.

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Figure 1. Administration Screen for Portal Consumers and Producers

Another feature, Remote Role Assignment, allows full sharing of the entire role. The portal content structure is consumed in the first access and is cached locally. All portal navigation features are fully supported. There is no administration effort to the consumer administrator other than assigning the role. The producer administrator has no extra work to perform.

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Figure 2. Assignment of Remote Role. Notice producer name appended to role name.

Through the new copy & localize functionality a consumer portal can create local copies of content that are connected to the source on another portal. The copied content can be used and configured in the same way as local content. It allows flexible transport of portal content between portals. Portal content structure (roles, worksets and pages) is cloned by the consumer on their portal. This enables mixed scenarios (local / remote). That is, in the consuming portal you may have a role with pages from the local and remote portal or a given page my have portlets that are running on several different portals. All iViews are executed on the producer.

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Figure 3. Copy and Localize. Once you have copied a remote object, just past local copy in your content directory.

More Information

You will be able to find more information when it is released here: http://service.sap.com/nw-gp

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