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SAP and ZOHO, the intial connection and environment…

We’ve got a rough idea of what we want to do and we’ve got an idea of what “might” be possible, we’ve also got our NW04s system installed and running now we need to make a few additions and changes to the system.  The first addition will be to add SAPLink which is an absolute must for development systems and how you can import the little demo code I have.  We then need to create a new service/host in our system, this can be done with the transaction SICF and by choosing the option of “Create Host”, the next step after it’s created is to give it a handler, which is done by giving it the Class created when you imported my little demo code. Also since this is only test go ahead and hardcode the user and login in.  Now for this to work over the web for anyone (think easy Sandbox system for you and your friends) you’ll need to make two more changes and need to use a 3rd party service (unless you have your DNS host?)  So you’ll need something like which is a dynamic DNS service basically you set your account up for free, download their product it runs on your PC and connects your current IP address to their service which has a “name” for easy use.  For example I have as a domain name and that is dynamically linked by their program on my PC to my current IP address, so I can make changes and do things and always link to the domain name instead of having to alter my IP address all the time.  Once you have that in place you’ll also need to change your system default HTTP port to 80 the reason being that some online services may not like other ports and since this is just test no biggie. To do this you need to modify your system parameters RZ10 (be sure to import all from active server first) just modify the icm/server_0 port value which is probably 80$$ where $$ is taking the system number of your system, just remove the $$ leaving only the 80 then you will need to save it (those errors are because the system settings are set to lower than default for it to run on a smaller PC no worries!). Once saved and activated you will then need to restart your server for the changes to take effect.  Now once restarted log into SMICM and view your server parameters and you will see that you are running on Port 80 now.  The only other change you need to make is to free port 80 now through your network/firewall/router (if you have one) otherwise you won’t be able to connect to it via the hostname nor will any of the online services.  Check out the video blog I did of the whole thing to see it all working and in action, the next blog in this series will be actually connecting Zoho itself.   File: SAPLink Slinky file for ABAP Class
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  • Hey Craig…Really nice video -:D I like that step-by-step explanation…A little bit long but still cool enough -;)

    I also liked the Twitter part…I was connected when you ask Ed to test the link…I didn’t knew what you were talking about at first…Now I see why you thanked that much -:)

    Can’t wait to see how you connect ZOHO with SAP…I’m not a ZOHO fan…But I’m a integrations fan -:P



    • I promise this will prove interesting for anyone who is interested in integration or simply the future. We have such an awesome chance right now to really drive and shape the future of Enterprise applications you just can’t imagine!

      With the blogosphere being drenched with the Google Announcement things are going to start moving quickly so I guess I need to hurry up and finish this to get the next bits started before the big wave hits – cool isn’t it SDN is on the forefront of the big bad Enterprise World.

      Time for everyone here to take advantage of the chance and start to make your stake in the future and how it will progress!

      Mashups are one thing and they are already exploding with place like Teqlo (awesome tool! and takes Mashups to a whole new level truely amazing!) but the backend integrations are going to be huge as well – we are seeing it with Widgets already, Enterprise SOA will play a big part on the system side but an even bigger part on the integration side.

  • Craig,
    Thanks for the nice explanation and step by step tutorial on how to set up services through SAP.  It will be nice to see you now start integrating this with Zoho.

    It’s really great that you are able to do all of this totally free with the technology preview version of NetWeaver, an open source application, and other free services available on the web. Good job!