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SAP NetWeaver System Landscapes

These last couple of weeks I have been in Walldorf working on presentations for SAP TechEd ’06. The first question you might ask yourself is “Why would he rip himself away from the beaches in Southern California to go to Germany in the middle of a summer heat wave?” Well, maybe you’re not asking that, but I sure have been. Working in Walldorf is always tremendous from the learning aspect, but when it’s over 90F/32C in the office with NO AIR CONDITIONING (or ice, seems the recipe has been misplaced) it is quite, well…uncomfortable.

But one of the TechEd sessions that I have been working on has not been uncomfortable to me in the least. The session is ULM213: SAP NetWeaver System Landscapes. My colleague, Boris Zarske, and I have prepared this topic for the last few years based upon an idea I had (see my Implementing the Refrigerator). The lecture session has been one hour in the past, but this year we decided to expand it to a two hour lecture based upon the feedback we have received. Boris will present in Amsterdam and I will present in Las Vegas.

Landscape strategy presentations are now something I do, in some flavor or another, quite often. The biggest challenge of the topic is its sheer breadth. In two hours we can really pack the session it with more content…I just hope we haven’t put in too much. But as I’ve just finished working on a draft of the session, I’ll let you in on some of the content from the session.

What we aim to do in this session is provide the logic and understanding of landscape design with SAP NetWeaver. We are really trying to arm you with a conceptual understanding of the important factors to consider so you can then design your own landscape (which is always unique) with knowledge and confidence. So we lay a foundation for the “new” motivational concepts of landscapes with SAP NetWeaver: enterprise service-oriented architecture, IT Practices and IT Scenarios.

Then, we bring you through a step-wise approach to building the landscape: determine building blocks, determine system landscape, determine central systems, map systems to hosts and implement landscape. In-between we will talk about landscape influencing factors:

  • Restrictions and possibilities
  • Central systems such as NWA, SLD, Adaptive Computing, Duet
  • Software maintenance: tools, patches and upgrades
  • Administration
  • Deployment options
  • More detailed information on sizing
  • Security
  • Documentation
  • All-in-all I think it’ll be a great session. Hope to see you in Vegas!

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