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I would like to share my experience about two innovative topics in the SAP world: tweet chat and Portal On Demand.

 

Tweet chat has of course not been invented by SAP, it is a new way of communicating with a group of people via Twitter. The participants send tweets using a predefined hashtag, everybody can read all the messages and react on each other’s messages.

 

The challenge is to formulate the message in 140 characters. When SAP organizes such a tweet chat, anybody can join and it offers a unique opportunity to virtually meet product owners, developers, product managers, SAP mentors, etc., so the best sources of completely up-to-date information. It takes an hour and, in my opinion, it gives great insight into upcoming technologies.

 

SAP organized such a Tweet Chat about On Demand Portal on December 15, 2011. Most SAP customers are familiar with the NetWeaver Portal, but according to the new SAP product strategy, even the SAP Portal will have On Premise, On Demand and On Device versions. Portal On Premise is what we call today NetWeaver Portal. On Device allows customers to run portal functionality on mobile and tablet devices.  Portal On Demand is a cloud-based portal, which was the topic of the Tweet Chat on December 15. (The content is still available on twitter by hashtag #Portalchat or e.g. on SearchHash).

 

Portal On Demand highlights:

  • It is a cloud-based SAP Portal (with all the benefits of a cloud solution!) supporting easy site creation.
  • It can be accessed on desktop or mobile/tablet.
  • It can consume content from backend systems and the On Premise Portal (think of ESS/MSS, etc.)
  • It contains content management, collaboration and social capabilities.
  • It is based on NetWeaver Neo, the upcoming Java PaaS offering by SAP, HANA and HTML5.
  • It is NOT based on the NetWeaver Portal product.
  • Identity Management will be managed by the Neo platform and will provide connection to On Premise LDAP/MSAD.
  • Starting beta on February with limited number of customers. SAP will be demoing it through Q1 and Q2 on webinars.

 

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Further details in the SAP SDN wiki.

This article was originally published in the VNSG newsletter on December 22, 2011.

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