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Gateway as defined by Dictionary.com as any passage by or point at which a region may be entered. I think this aptly describes what SAP NetWeaver Gateway is all about. It’s about providing an entry point into SAP systems for all the millions of developers out there that don’t know SAP. You might have heard that one of SAP’s goals is to reach 1 billion users. SAP isn’t going to reach that goal with the current crop of interfaces into its business systems (think RFC, Enterprise Services), which for the most part require you to be an SAP expert to talk to SAP…not fun for Java/XCode/Perl/etc. developers. With Gateway you will be able to easily expose your SAP business content as simple REST based services.

 

With all this in mind I signed up to do the RIG’s June 1st, 2011 KHNC webinar on the topic of SAP NetWeaver Gateway Overview. My goal was to make this webinar a Gateway for viewers to SAP NetWeaver Gateway. Now I have to admit, the title has “Overview” in it, but I went a bit further than that…in addition to overview type slides I decided to include slides on the ways to generate and test Gateway services…so it’s more than an overview in that it gives you a feel for what it will be like to create and test these Gateway services.

 

If you have the time I hope you can spend it listening to the recorded webinar. Any question that might arise please post them in the comment section of this blog, I will be more than happy to answer.

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  1. Trevor Naidoo
    Is the goal 100 billion or 1 billion Jef? 🙂

    As an aside, my personal opinion, I think this is the biggest game changer for SAP (along with HANA of course!).

    The thing with HANA is that it’s disruptive technology & rocks the foundation that so many decision makers In Tech related fields are built on. People aren’t always adept (sometimes scared of) to change so it might take a short while before everyone sees the big picture & the dust settles.

    The thing with SAP Netweaver Gateway and the RESTFul approach on the other hand (as opposed to SAP Enterprise Services or SOA):
    ROI is imemdiately realized. The value of Agile development becomes more obvious. It opens the SAP ‘Vault’ up to the rest of the non-SAP developer world (arguably about 90% to 95% of developer population). 1 billion users here we come!

    I already recently read that the RIG is aiming at opening up some of the webinars/demo’s to the SAP community at large, why not use this as a ‘Gateway’ opportunity to educate the masses on what is possible with SAP Netweaver Gateway?

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    1. Jeff Gebo Post author
      Hi Trevor,

      thanks for the catching that typo! Edit done! 🙂 The way I hear Governments throw around the terms trillions and 100 of billions (of Euro’s or $$$), 1 billion just doesn’t have the same luster! 😉

      As for the webinars, demos, and H2Gs, we will be releasing a bunch of H2Gs on the Gateway site next week and more will come out as time goes on. Also we have a lot of recorded e-learning material that we will also release on to SDN over time.

      I am hoping you are right about Gateway…it certainly has that potential! My thoughts when I first started using it were: I wish I had this 5 years ago!

      Cheers,
      Jeff

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    2. Jeff Gebo Post author
      One last reply…the title of your comment is “HTML5?”, did you have a question about how HTML5 can work with Gateway?
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      1. Trevor Naidoo
        Nope, no question, I just noticed you didn’t mention it in your blog posting. It’s not an exact science but more of a ‘gut feel’ that this is a key area 🙂
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