NetWeaver 7.30 is a synchronised release for the following SAP Products that currently run on various version of the SAP Java Application Server :-
SAP Composition Environment – CE
SAP Process Integration – PI (Java only version)
SAP Portal – Enterprise Portal
SAP BI Java
Today this was announced at SAP TechEd – Berlin…so what does this announcement mean for customers ?
SAP talked about Evolution and New Horizons – my chosen words are Simplification and Innovation.
Simplification because now you can take a whole bunch of SAP products that greedily wanted their own server and put them together. This means that for the first time in about 5 years you can start talking about less hardware for NetWeaver and not more ! (just in time for you to re-use all that tin for your Business Objects 4.0 and Sybase Unwired Platform…but that is another story). A typical landscape might look like the picture below.
Innovation in that you can do more with one 7.30 box than you could before. You can take all the tools from each separate product and blend your solution across them, so if your Visual Composer applications (typical CE) needs personalisation (typically portal) and a brokered Web Service (typically PI) – all this can be done in one place.
It also means that hard pressed BASIS teams can focus training on 2 application servers (or 4 if you include BO and Sybase!) – which should smooth the delivery of applications – so more value quicker ?