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Today we are launching a new top level navigation entry, called “Articles.” This area surfaces all of the documents from our SDN & BPX Article Library. You’ll find articles, SAP how-to guides (yes, these are the official SAP guides written by members of the RIG, or Regional Implementation Group), and presentations sorted by various criteria including date, format, skill level and source.

 

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While the content in our Article Library has always been available on the site through the search function and featured on our area pages, we are now surfacing its contents and making it more prominent since it contains such valuable information. Many of you have been asking for something like this where you can see the most recent articles uploaded to the site or see only the articles written by SAP employees.

 

All of the content on these pages is dynamically generated so it’s constantly being updated. Basically every time we upload a new article or how-to guide it will automatically appear on these pages. So we encourage you to check back often.

 

The ‘Articles’ pages are essentially queries on the metadata in our content repository (we’re using the content management system that’s part of SAP NetWeaver Portal ). Our developers have created a webpage template we call “Dynamic Catalog” within Web Page Composer.  In this Dynamic Catalog template you enter the smart query criteria, and the output page will display a list of all documents with the matching metadata.  This allows our content managers to easily create pages that display smart query results. The user interface is pretty straightforward and you don’t have to know any programming language to create these pages.

 

You may also have noticed that on many of our homepages we recently included a section on the right side called “Articles.” This is also driven by the Dynamic Catalog functionality and is yet another way in which we’re highlighting our Article Library content.

 

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So check out the new Article Library and SCN Support!

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  1. Gregor Wolf
    Hello Christine,

    good start. I think a drill-down-functionality would be nice on the Articles page. So a normal User can combine the different criterias to get a refined result.

    Also I tried to subscribe the “Recent Articles on ABAP” via the RSS Link into Google Reader. But the only link which appears is a link back to “Recent Articles on ABAP”. If we could subscribe to the Articles as RSS that would be great and saves a lot of time as it is shown on the so cool Video:

    RSS in Plain English

    Regards
    Gregor

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    1. Christine Merten Post author
      Hi Gregor,

      What you are describing is already available on our Advanced search page. There you can select different search criteria to get a very personalized search result.

      We will look into the RSS question.

      Thanks,
      Christine

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  2. Subhasha Ranjan
    Hi Christine,

    Fantastic work on article which will reduce the time that we were spending to look for a article by making a search.
    It will be great if you make another section as Track Wise articles such as XI,EP,MDM,BI,SOA and others by adding another section in the left hand navigation pane as Skill wise,Date Wise etc.

    Regards,
    Subhasha

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    1. Christine Merten Post author
      Hi Subhasha,

      Yes, that is the next step. You can, however, already search by topics by using our Advanced Search function. If you want only Articles then select the “Library” category in the drop-down menu.

      Christine

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  3. Frank Wagner
    Hi,

    it would be great to use Dynamic Catalogs also with our portal – for us something like this is one of the most missing features in Web Page Composer.
    Is it possible for customers to get Dynamic Catalog component?

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