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.
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