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IT Scenario Enabling Application-to-Application Processes: New Capabilities with SAP NetWeaver 2004s

Introduction

The IT senario Enabling Application-to-Application Processes belongs to the IT Practice End-to-End Process Integration. Enabling application-to-application processes is the message- and standard-based integration of intra-company processes by seamlessly connecting SAP and non-SAP applications.

Today’s IT landscapes are increasingly complex and difficult to integrate. New levels of collaboration and connectivity are needed among all the systems and applications within an enterprise. In addition, the implementation needs to support the goal of standardizing on a services-based architecture.

For enabling application-to-application processes SAP NetWeaver provides one platform to centrally manage the design, configuration, and execution of business processes. Hereby the shared collaboration knowledge is based on open standards, e. g. webServices for interfaces, XSLT and Java for mapping, XPath for routing, BPEL4WS for business processes. This ensures openness and interoperability to communicate with existing integration solutions and to connect to non-SAP applications or 3rd party systems via JCA compliant adapters. Thus existing investments can be leveraged. Furthermore pre-delivered content is provided to allow an out-of-the-box integration of SAP solutions with other SAP or non-SAP applications.

By providing one common infrastructure for the integration of business processes between SAP and non-SAP applications the complexity of a company’s system landscape is reduced and the company’s performance is increased. In addition the overall maintenance costs are reduced by supporting the full solution lifecycle from configuration over execution to change.

This scenario includes one variant Application-to-application integration: Organizations can perform message-based and standards-based integration of intra company processes by seamlessly connecting SAP as well as non-SAP applications.

New Capabilities Available with SAP NetWeaver 2004s

The IT senario Enabling Application-to-Application Processes provides the same functionalities for SAP NetWeaver 2004s as for SAP NetWeaver 04, i. e. there are no differences in the capabilities for this IT scenario. However, a huge number of features have been provided with the last support packages for SAP NetWeaver 2004s / SAP NetWeaver 04, and more features will be provided in the near future for this IT scenario. An overview about the most recent and newly planned functionalities can be found in this presentation: New Features in E2E Process Integration – NW 2004 (XI 3.0) & NW2004s. A more detailed description of the released new capabilities of the last support packages is available on theSAP Help Portal.

Since there are many new features available in the area of Software Life-Cycle Management (e.g. Installation, System Copy) for SAP NetWeaver 2004s, please also see thisoverview presentation covering the new aspects of SAP NetWeaver 2004s that are interesting from a process integration point of view.

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