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Hey Bunky, Is your NetWeaver Portal implementation driving you crazy?

An SAP NetWeaver Portal implementation brings about many challenges, both technical and political. So where do you go to find out everything you need to know. From how to optimize you portal performance on the network to how to set up and administrate portal content. From where does my portal fit in my IT infrastructure to finding our what is new to the NetWeaver portal. The one place this year is at SAP’s TechEd events.

There are a number of sessions related to the NetWeaver Portal. Most will be found in the User Productivity Enablement tract. But don’t forget to look in System and Platform Consolidation and Custom Development for other related sessions. You can find the sessions by track here for the US, Europe and India.

I specifically wanted to point to four of the session I’m doing in Las Vegas Next week. You will find them also in Amsterdam and all but the last one in India. They are:

UPE200 Best Practices for Implementing an Advanced Portal Infrastructure
UPE351 Improving WAN Performance of SAP NetWeaver Portal
UPE211 Integrating and Administrating Portal Content Efficiently
UPE110 SAP Corporate Portal as an Example for a Company-Wide Intranet

Here are the Abstracts

Best Practices for Implementing an Advanced Portal Infrastructure

Today your company might use portals for several purposes like a central corporate portal, distributed departmental portals, a supplier portal, or an external information portal. With SAP NetWeaver 2004s, SAP supports new portal scenarios like external-facing portal and federated portal network to implement these scenarios easier.

Moreover, your portals might interrelate with other SAP NetWeaver capabilities like knowledge management, collaboration and user management resulting in increased complexity. In this session, you will get an overview about the new capabilities of SAP NetWeaver Portal and how these capabilities can help you consolidate and optimize your portal infrastructure. Based on practical use cases this session demonstrates how to implement a secure and advanced portal infrastructure.

Times, Rooms:
Wed, 8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m., Palazzo J
Fri, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 4004–4005

Improving WAN Performance of SAP NetWeaver Portal,

In this session, participants learn about basic concepts how wide area network (WAN) performance is affected in Web scenarios. Based on these scenarios, specific functionality of SAP NetWeaver Application Server for Java and SAP NetWeaver Portal, which impacts overall system performance are presented. Also the external facing portal functionality as well as SAP NetWeaver Application delivery over WAN is discussed.

Times, Rooms:
Tue, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 4106
Thu, 8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m., 4103

Integrating and Administrating Portal Content Efficiently

Organizing and maintaining content efficiently is crucial for simplifying administrative tasks and increasing user productivity. Within SAP NetWeaver Portal you can use several tools and methods for integrating and managing content. Optimizing these administrative processes can lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) of your portal landscape considerably.

Within this lecture you will learn more about different strategies for integrating content. This covers the concept “Control Center / Work Center”, which aims to organize portal content in a user-centered and unified way – this can easily increase end user productivity. Moreover you will get insights into different advanced administrative topics, like adjusting the portal to your corporate design, implementing content caching and using monitoring tools.

Times, Rooms:
Tue, 1:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m., Palazzo K
Thu, 1:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m., 4101A/B–4102

SAP Corporate Portal as an Example for a Company-Wide Intranet

This session presents SAP Corporate Portal as a productive example of a coherent intranet scenario. It provides role-specific access to comprehensive content, employee, manager, and collaboration services.

Also shown are live demos of how the SAP Corporate Portal makes use of knowledge management, collaboration, and portal capabilities of SAP NetWeaver. The session provides for you some background information on the system landscape.

Times, Rooms:
Wed, 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m., 2503–2504
Thu, 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., 2503–2504

Hope to see you there. And don’t forget about SDN day on Monday

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