Im not sure if this should be an obituary or a eulogy entitled Ode to SAP NetWeaver Components? Anyway it got your attention and I should proceed. If you are involved with any SAP NetWeaver projects, this is essential for you to know.
In the late hours of October 28th 2005, the term SAP NetWeaver components passed peacefully away into SAP product terminology history and was put to rest from future SAP NetWeaver use at SAP. They were the fortunate victims of the evolution of the single SAP NetWeaver platform. It was a very somber and poignant moment for the SAP NetWeaver teams as this page in SAP NetWeaver terminology closed and they joined other famous past terms like mySAP.com (remember the enjoy release smiley? sob sob!!), SAP R/3, SAP Basis, SAP R/2, etc. Coincidently the date coincided with the birth of the SAP NetWeaver 2004s release of SAP NetWeaver (i.e. into the Ramp-up program). Fortunately we opened a new page and SAP NetWeaver has a terminology succession plan! You may have seen a sneak preview of them at the SAP NetWeaver, BW, and Portals conference, ASUG conferences, and our SAP TechEds. SAP NetWeaver components have been succeeded by the IT-Practice & IT-Scenario concepts. SAP NetWeaver, the platform, will be rolled out based upon these concepts going forward. Therefore we strongly encourage you to become familiar with these new concepts as it will affect everyone who comes in contact with SAP NetWeaver or SAP NetWeaver powered by applications. They are already here! For system administrators I suggest that you also look at the new usage type concept too. My colleague, Matt Kangas, has a good introductory Blog on these concepts Building the Bridge – From IT Practices to Usage Types. (Building the Bridge – From IT Practices to Usage Types) To see how IT Practices and IT Scenarios are implemented in the SAP Service Marketplace SAP NetWeaver home page click here (http://service.sap.com/netweaver) For the people without access to the SAP Service Marketplace, for the information on the published IT Practices, click here (http://www.sap.com/solutions/netweaver/itpractices/index.epx) And for information on the published IT Scenarios, click here (http://www.sap.com/solutions/businessmaps/6064CC13D46849EC8491E2308AA43795/index.epx) Update: SDN is now moving to the IT Practice and IT Scenario view too: https://www.sdn.sap.comhttp://www.sdn.sap.comhttp://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/developerareas/itpractices So you say, What exactly went the way of the Dodo? (kind of like a funeral crashers question who was he? – Im just here for the food and drinks! 😉 For those of you who don’t know what a funeral crasher is, it’s a wedding crasher who realized that you don’t have to bring a present to a Wake! A Dodo is a casualty of evolution or unintelligent design (not too politically correct I guess.. oops) Well, the SAP NetWeaver components themselves evolved from the new dimension product names and were rolled into SAP NetWeaver in 2003. Unfortunately for historians the actual SAP NetWeaver component names also evolved in the short 3 years too more times than Prince has changed his name! Did someone get paid per name change? Ill endeavor to explain the rationale for sending the components to the branding graveyard in the sky later in the post mortem at the end of the blog. So moving on, here are the terms that will no longer be used going forward for describing SAP NetWeaver;
- SAP NetWeaver Application Server (formerly SAP Web Application Server SAP Web AS)
- SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence (formerly SAP Business Information Warehouse – SAP BW)
- SAP NetWeaver Exchange Infrastructure (formerly SAP Exchange Infrastructure – SAP XI)
- SAP NetWeaver Portal (formerly SAP Enterprise Portal SAP EP)
- SAP NetWeaver Mobile (formerly SAP Mobile Infrastructure SAP MI)
- The astute readers will notice that SAP NetWeaver MDM escaped the axe, but this is only temporary until it is rolled into the SAP NetWeaver synchronized release and thats a blog of its own on its roadmap!
Note that while the SAP NetWeaver components are no longer used by SAP for all NEW content delivered as of SAP NetWeaver 2004s, the ghost of SAP NetWeaver components past will still haunt the SAP websites and materials until SAP NetWeaver 04 leaves maintenance (2013!). Now thats some haunting! As with every loss, some of the readers will have mixed feelings about this progress. We have already had some interactive discussions and we encourage feedback via SDN forums and blog discussions too – we will endeavor to follow up and to provide bereavement counseling ;-). Some of you will move on quickly to the new concepts, but some of you will have some difficulty with the loss and change in particular the more mature SAP NetWeaver customers/partners who used these components before there was SAP NetWeaver (yes those exciting pioneer New Dimension days). With regard to moving on, you will start to see the components phased out on SAP Service Marketplace, online help, SDN, and other SAP product information repositories Just remember all new materials will be IT-Practice/IT Scenario based going forward. If you are looking for functionality grouping names to describe SAP NetWeaver, you still have the SAP NetWeaver fridge with the key capabilities listed. The fridge is not deceased, but it will continue to evolve as more capabilities are added and there are more coming next year of course!