Connecting Apps for Office with SAP
You might have read my last two blog posts where I introduced the new Office Web App Model and how easily it can be used to integration SAP data in the latest Microsoft Office applications.
The first blog just introduced the topic and highlighted some examples. The second blog then was meant to enable you and get you started: how can you create a simple Outlook 2013 / 365 integration and access an OData source exposed via NetWeaver Gateway. Without installing anything or requiring extra licenses: simply by leveraging what SAP and Microsoft offer as trial versions you can experience and create amazing things.
Of course in this scenario I did not talk about Single Sign On or any other enterprise ready functionalities — this can be done via other means, for example Duet Enterprise.
Just recently our friend Christoph Schuler published a great whitepaper that takes the integration to another level. He not only talks about a simple demo example, but talks about a real live scenario that shows how to create a service which accesses vendor information via SAP NetWeaver Gateway and consume this service in Word 2013
You should be able to easily recreate this example and obviously enhance it in any way that you want. Whenever I have shown this scenario to customers in the last few weeks it was extremely well received. There are already lots of companies (not only smaller ones, but also big customers) who are either already evaluating Office 2013 and/or Office 365 or have already started their projects. So this approach would be ideal for them.
Well, I can only encourage you to head over to “Connecting Apps for Office with SAP” and take a look at the document.
Stay tuned for more information and please feel free to provide your feedback!