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Sneak a Peek on the New Discovery System

Sneak a Peek on the New Discovery System

SAP introduced the new version 3 of the SAP Discovery system for enterprise SOA at the various TechEd events during the last weeks. For those who could not make one of our sessions, let me summarize the key elements of the upcoming version 3 of the Discovery system.  In version 3 the Discovery system still comprises of the well known tripod of hardware, software, and content included into one single package. Here is some insight into each of these areas: 

Provided by our partners HP and Fujitsu/Fujitsu-Siemens Computers the Discovery system is based on up-to-date hardware. The in-detail system specs can be found on our partner’s websites. You can roughly expect 8GB RAM, a Dual or Quad Core processor and Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition (OEM). 

Software LayerSoftware Layer

There is a whole bunch of applications included in the Discovery system. Besides the ‘pure’ ERP backend and NetWeaver layers the system covers development tools and additional components such as Global Trade Services (GTS), xMII (xApp Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence) and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC).Most noticeable changes from the previous version are the change of the database to MaxDB, the availability of the Solution Manager, higher patch levels for NetWeaver, and ERP plus Enhancement Pack 2. You can find all the version details in the picture below. 

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Content Layer

The system would not be complete without the business content to see the software capabilities in action. Based on the SAP Best Practices Baseline Package for the U.S. we included scenarios from the realms of enterprise SOA, industries, and the specific components into the Discovery system.

Based on EhP1 and EhP2 there are more than 700 Enterprise Services provisioned by the ERP on the Discovery system. To make the Enterprise SOA Scenarios livelier, there are two implementations available: Based on the respective bundles the system carries an implementation of Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment (EBPP) as well as the Customer Fact Sheet (CFS). The EBPP scenario enables companies to present invoices and account information to a customer using the portal. The customer can view his open invoices, issue payments online, and analyze the invoices already paid. The CFS scenario shows how to navigate an individual Customer Fact Sheet using the portal. 

The Industry Specific Scenarios contain examples from Banking, Public Sector and the Telecommunications Industry. For example the Public Sector scenario includes an “e-governance application” to improve a permit process for constituents. This increases employee productivity with cross-organizational workflows and shows an improved flexibility for adopting new processes in the public sector. 

In the Component Specific demos we show a multitude of scenarios, such as proper Segregation of Duties (SoD) enforcement, enterprise role management, compliant provisioning, and super user privilege management from Out-of-the-Box Demonstrations – SAP GRC Access Control (GRC). There is an RFID simulation available that provides an overview and a demonstration of RFID incorporation into an RFID-enabled Integrated Outbound Logistics Process.
The Out-of-the-Box Demonstrations:Global Trade Services (GTS) scenarios show Custom Declaration Document, License Management, and Sanctioned Party List Screening. And there is so much more like the SAP xApp Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP xMII) to exchange data with shop floor and top floor applications and to work with production information. Then there is Solution Manager Maintenance Optimizer and Path Finder for Business User on the system as well. 

Finally integration readiness relates to the coexistence of Discovery system with other SAP components like Duet or the Composition Environment (CE). With the necessary backend configuration, master data, and transactional data already in place the Discovery system can quickly be attached to a Duet landscape to serve as the ERP backend. Thus there are fewer complexities when supporting the ERP scenarios for Duet SP3. The Discovery system is ready for an easy integration with NetWeaver CE in a side car approach. This architecture simulates a customer’s real life landscape where the Discovery system serves as a backend for CE composites providing Enterprise Services consumed by CE ESR 7.1 and BI Data.  This is on a high-level for the pure component perspective folks. If you want to have a first glimpse at the exciting processes and scenarios that have been built into the new version, look at the SAP Discovery System v3 – Out-of-the-Box Demonstrations. There is so much more to explore in-detail. I promise.  

One last thing:
You might ask when v3 is expected to available on the market. We are currently in the final preparations with our hardware partners to feed the master images into the production process. Thus there is a good chance that you will have something available for Christmas.    

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  • We purchased v2 of the Discovery System earlier this year. We have found it to be a useful tool to accelerate our learning about SOA. As new capabilities and scenarios become available we would like to take advantage of them. However, it seems ridiculous to be forced to buy new hardware each time a new version is released. I would suggest that you seriously consider making the “master images” that you provide to your hardware vendors available to your customers.

    Thanks for your hard work on this useful tool, and your consideration of my suggestion.

  • Hi Raimund,
    I am at a customer and they have Discovery System V1 (or 2). Is it possible to upgrad an older version to V3?
    Would it be possible to just install an enhancement package on an older version in order to get the prerequisites for some demo scenarios (i.e. Business Packages)?