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Whenever we talk to our joint customers, the discussion usually includes the interoperability between SAP NetWeaver Portal and Microsoft SharePoint. Both products are available since several years now and are increasingly being deployed synchronously in the same companies and organizations.

A key question from our customers therefore is:

“How can we integrate both products so that our users have access to the best of both worlds?”

We therefore decided to develop jointly the whitepaper Interoperability between SAP NetWeaver Portal and Microsoft SharePoint Technologies  (17 MB, 181 pages) where we try to give our best to answer this question.

This white paper describes all currently available interoperability options between SAP NetWeaver and Microsoft SharePoint Technologies. Developed jointly by experts from SAP and Microsoft it aims to provide a complete overview over all relevant concepts, technical building blocks and integration scenarios known to date. For key scenarios also detailed How-To chapters can be found in the rear part of the paper.

Consisting of three parts this guide targets all audience involved in portal decisions today:

1. Overview and scenarios – Business Decision Makers, Technical Decision Makers, Architects

2. Conceptual introduction and Architecture – Technical Decision Makers, Architects, Consultants

3. How To’s – Consultants, Developers These scenarios empower IT organizations to provide high-quality services to their internal business customers and reduce the programming and customization effort needed to provide users with access to both environments.

While not all possible topics may be contained in this document, we still believe that some key questions are being addressed. This does not mean that there always is a solution for all desirable interoperability scenarios. But sometimes a clarifying statement like “No, this won’t work.” also can be helpful.

Jul 8., 2008

One topic that was not contained in the whitepaper mentioned above has been addressed in a new whitepaper written by Antje Dziolloss and me. There we show how SharePoint Web Services can be consumed within SAP WebDynpro for JAVA leveraging the Adaptive Web Services Model since this scenario has not been covered. In addition to a simplified administration the sample application shown in this whitepaper also takes advantage of using Single Sign-On.

Click here to download the whitepaper Consuming SharePoint Web Services with SAP Web Dynpro

Best regards,
André

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  1. Rahul Urs
    Great Information !!
    I am involved in a Portal project with one of my clients and in this client we are in the process of eliminating Microsoft Sharepoint and building intranets within Knowledge Management. Doesn’t it make sense to help clients de-commission Microsoft Sharepoint and help them save money on licences and Utilize KM to build their Intranets. all the stuff in the link is great with respect to WebDav and URL iviews, but here I am helping this client setting up a Content server(KPro functionality with PLM)and centralizing all the structured and unstructured documents in a central location rather than creating webdav repository managers or setting SSO and consuming web services with VC when u can actually build the intranet with what SAP has …WPC from SP13 should ring bells ???
    so in the end its either SAP or Microsoft as most clients would like to save money and not pay 2 licenses. SAP has everything to help clients decommission Microsoft Sharepoint ….so I am just wondering WHY ???

    any thoughts ???

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    1. martin fowmes
      If you want any sort of UX then Microsoft technology is the only way to go. SAP seem to forget that end users have to use the systems eventually! If you think about it Microsoft have the edge. Is the SAP software running under a SAP operating system? No, therefore Microsoft will always be one step ahead of the competition.

      SAP kicks Microsoft, that’s not how I see it.

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  2. Michael Dipay
    I posted a new thread regarding “SharePoint integration with SAP Netweaver Portal on extranet scenario”.  I need some direction on how to implement this. thanks.  
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  3. In addition to what Andre wrote, btexx has created a product called MOSS Integrator for the integration of Sharepoint contents (Pages, WebParts, etc.) into the SAP NetWeaver Portal. More information is published at http://www.btexx.com/software/MOSSintegrator/index.html. I hope this information is helpful for organizations struggling with the “multiple portal problem”.

    Regards
    Christoph

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