Writing down “SAP Guidelines” is an ambitious task. Who can possibly know everything that matters in the SAP world? To make a start, the Best-Built Applications (BBA) team took the initiative to assemble the guidelines for our partners who develop applications which interact with SAP’s Business Suite solutions.
Since the task at hand is huge we decided to deliver in stages. While we develop and deliver on the guidelines, we also continuously gather feedback from our partners to ensure that we meet expectations. For PKOM 2010 we are proud to have delivered the first 3 chapters of the Best-Built Apps guideline book (SAP Guidelines for Best-Built Applications):
- An introduction explaining terminologies, methodologies and scope
- A comprehensive listing of all guidelines from different areas
- The first detailed chapter about the Application Life-cycle Management topic
Further topic chapters are in the pipeline for more 2010 updates:
- Process orchestration and service-oriented architecture
- User interface and user experience
- Information management
- Data tools
- Application development
- Governance and security
Interestingly, while we are working on more and more detailed background to our guidelines, new topic area ideas are popping up from SAP internal and external sources. For instance, somebody suggested we include output management. At least I would never have thought about that topic. Printing business documents is so old fashion and such ancient functionality in SAP products that it usually isn’t getting much attention. However, the feedback that output management is important is a more than valid point and of course there is more to it than just printing, if you think about it.
I love such feedback! At PKOM 2010 we will represent the BBA initiative. Maybe check http://bestbuiltapps.sap.com before PKOM and prepare your comments and questions. I look forward to many fruitful chat discussions.