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*Note: This blog is co-authored by Mark Crawford and Gunther Stuhec.

At TechEd Las Vegas and TechEd Munich we unveiled our Data Integration, Data Modeling, and Data Mapping Tool – CCTS Modeler Warp 10 as part of the DemoJam competition. Although we didn’t win, we achieved our goal – the socialization of a tool that we believe will revolutionize how SAP, its partners and customers, and even business standards organizations will create true data interoperability environments. After the demo jams we have received many favorable comments from participants regarding the tool, and its potential to save millions of dollars for SAP and its customers and partners.

The Tool – CCTS Modeler Warp 10 – is a Semantic Web ontology-based data integration, modeling and mapping tool that leverages the semantics of meta data by implementing  the semantic-based approach described in ISO 15000-5 Core Component Technical Specification (CCTS). The Warp 10 modeling environment is wiki-based, collaborative, evolutionary, and autonomous. Warp 10 uses CCTS, the Core Component Library of UN/CEFACT, and the SAP Global Data Type catalogue to create and maintain data content ontologies for further reuse.  The wiki nature of the tool for the first time enables data modelers to view the design time modeling activities of their counterparts to maximize reuse and minimize duplicative efforts.

Warp 10 is the first step to the future Web 3.0 – a combination of Web 2.0 and Semantic Web technologies. Warp 10 is based on SAP NetWeaver tools and offers both the smooth integration and extension of SAP GDTs as well as the smooth integration and consolidation of existing investments in data integration and mapping.  It does this through its semi automatic mapping approach. Warp 10 not only has the capability to integrate with both vertical standards and cross-industry standards, it can go beyond the limitations of these boundaries.  Warp 10 will seamlessly integrate data models, regardless of source, with existing application landscapes.  In other words, very large business applications will for the first time close the gap that exists between themselves and individually designed, non-semantically oriented application to application communication expressions. All content will be semi automatically consolidated and stored in a central repository. Modelling focused users will be able to apply instantly and use the tool. Business oriented users will be able to concentrate more on content related topics to get IT aligned to serve the business’ strategic objectives.

We believe that Warp 10 will be used by SAP for its internal GDT development, by its customers for their data integration and mapping efforts, and even possibly by external standards organizations to transition their current non-CCTS based B2B messages to CCTS based messages which will further align them to our own GDTs and service definitions.  We are launching a series of articles that talk about Warp 10 in more detail, and will also be expanding our articles on the underlying standards infused into Warp 10 so please stay tuned!

The video shows you, how Warp 10 was dicussed at a BPX roundtable at the TechEd’07 in Munich.

Gunther Stuhec Mr. Stuhec works for SAP AG as a “Standards Architect” and has been involved in standardizing international business standards. He is the chair of the UN/CEFACT Techniques and Methodologies Group (TMG) that is responsible for the development and maintenance of the UN/CEFACT CCTS standard.

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