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This is the second part of our blog introducing a new SAP Press book, Content Integration with NetWeaver Portal.  In New SAP Press Book – Content Integration with NetWeaver Portal – by Marty McCormick and Matt Stratford, we provide a summary of the book and introduce the first 2 chapters.  In part II of this blog, I will provide an overview of Chapters 3 through 12 of this book. 

Section II – Business Content Integration

Chapter 3 – Business Package for Employee and Manager Self Service

In Chapter 3, readers will learn about the Employee and Manager Self-Service (XSS) Business Package. After completing this chapter, readers will be familiar with how to configure the XSS Business Package in the Portal. In addition, they will understand how to address architecture and development challenges often experienced during an XSS implementation, such as where to place various XSS components within your SAP landscape and how to address customization requirements. 

Chapter 4 – SAP Resource and Portfolio Management

In Chapter 4, readers will learn about the SAP Resource and Portfolio Management, or SAP RPM. After completing this chapter, readers will have the knowledge necessary to configure RPM in the Portal, while also being well versed in architecture and development impacts to an RPM implementation.

Chapter 5 – SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence

In this chapter, readers will learn how to manage the challenges associated with integrating a newly installed or upgraded BI 7.0 system with the Portal. In addition, they will learn how to use leverage new BI tools and functionality to add successfully BI content to the SAP NetWeaver Portal.  This chapter also focuses heavily on the dependency of BI and Portal with NetWeaver 7.0, while providing detailed insight into the various architecture options and FPN content integration alternatives when integrating BI content with the Portal. 

Chapter 6 – SAP Supplier Relationship Management

Chapter 6 details Portal content integration options with SRM. Readers will learn about three SRM Business Packages: Supplier Collaboration, Supplier Order Collaboration, and the SRM Business Package. For each business package, requirements for certain pieces of the architecture depend on the procurement business scenarios implemented.  Readers will learn how to configure and integrate content from these scenarios into the SAP NetWeaver Portal, while also becoming well-versed in development options and architecture impacts for each business package.

Chapter 7 – SAP Customer Relationship Management

In this chapter, readers learn about the primary methods of building Portal CRM content, and how to configure various CRM Business Packages as well as integrate outside CRM web applications within an existing Portal landscape.  As with other business content integration scenarios, architecture, development, and resource impacts are also discussed in detail in this chapter.

Chapter 8 – SAP Enterprise Resource Planning

In this chapter, the additional Portal content functionality used to integrate SAP ERP applications will be reviewed.  Although certain ERP integration scenarios have already been covered (such as XSS), this chapter will ensure readers have a complete understanding of ERP content integration options with the SAP NetWeaver Portal.  After reading this chapter, readers will have an understanding of when to leverage standard Portal functionality for ERP content and when it makes sense for custom development.

Section III – Best Practices to Content Integration

Chapter 9 – Managing a Content-Driven Architecture

In Chapter 9, readers will learn how to successfully design and implement a SAP landscape based on the portal content being implemented. They will also gain insight into some common landscapes based on implementation size. In addition, the lack of formal recommendations on how to manage architecture components such as the System Landscape Directory and Adobe Document Services is often a major pain point for system architects. This chapter will help alleviate those challenges by providing concise analysis of all factors to consider when making architecture decisions. 

Chapter 10 – Organizing and Administering Portal Content

In Chapter 10, readers will learn how to effectively manage various usage scenarios of business content within the portal. The chapter will present best practices for organizing and administering content in a complex Portal landscape, such as when multiple business content sources and federated portals are in the architecture. In addition, readers learn best practices relative to change control with Portal content and learn about how to integrate CTS+.

Chapter 11 – Content Impacts to Portal Performance

In this chapter, best practices for improving Portal performance for areas that an SAP project team can control will be discussed. This chapter will address content related performance pitfalls and methods to improve performance issues are reviewed.

Chapter 12 – Conclusion

In this chapter, we wrap up the concepts discussed in this book and summarize key points. 

If you’ve read both parts of this blog, you may be interested in reading further about the topics outlined above.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to post a comment or email us at matt.stratford@gmail.com or marty.mccormick@sap.com.

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  1. Mel Calucin
    Hi Matt,

    I already purchased and read from cover to cover the “Content Integration with SAP NetWeaver Portal”.  My complements to you and Marty on writing this book.  It was very informative.

    I do have a question about Portal Content Composer which is mentioned on page 339.  What is this exactly?  I searched SDN and Service Marketplace and found nothing. 

    I have seen however a Visual Composer in CE (with enhancement pack) be able to create and manage roles and worksets now in addition to pages and iviews.  Is this the future of role and workset development?  All to be done in Visual Composer?

    Thank you.

    Regards,

    Mel Calucin
    Bentley Portal Architect

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    1. Matt Stratford Post author
      Hi Mel, Thanks for your comments.  At the time of publication, it was our understanding that Portal Content Composer (PCC) was targeted to be a key feature as part of the new Collaboration Portal.  However, with the Collaboration Portal release being put on hold for the time being, we are not sure where PCC stands.
      Thanks again
      Matt
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      1. Mel Calucin
        Hi Matt,

        Thanks for your reply.  Yeah.  I heard that the Collaboration Portal is actually killed.  I sort of have mixed feelings about it when it came out.  Why doesn’t SAP put all those features in regular portal? (rhetorical question)

        BTW, Melanie Smith says hello.  She claims to know you when I showed her your book.  She’s now working with me at Bentley Systems.  She’s a hoot!

        Regards,

        Mel Calucin
        SAP Portal Architect

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