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Alloy - SAP Integration

  1. 1. AlloyTM Software by IBM® and SAP® Access SAP Information and Processes from IBM Lotus Notes
  2. 2. Agenda What are the business issues? W hat is Alloy? Architecture HW and SW Requirements Installation Overview and Connectivity Configuration - both SAP and Domino (and Notes client) Customisation and Extension - Reports and W orkflow Future/Roadmap Benefits 2
  3. 3. People Have Different Roles Within Organizations Task Business User W orker • Sample roles: payroll administrator, • Sample roles: business manager, sales customer service representative representative, HR manager • Area expert with defined tasks • Knowledge worker or people manager • Conducts repetitive, structured • Manages exceptions and coordinates transactional work activities & resources • Uses single or a few enterprise • Synthesizes many sources of applications information • Interface of choice: SAP Portal, SAP • Interface of choice: e-mail, desktop GUI productivity tools Typical SAP Lotus Notes User “Power User”
  4. 4. Business Users are Disconnected From Enterprise Information and Processes • More workers in decision making roles – need better access to business information • Need transparency to improve compliance with policies • Business users have a low tolerance for complicated interfaces • Working on many activities concurrently – new tasks must fit in, not slow everything down
  5. 5. Business User’s Inbox is a Catalyst for Productivity Moving from it interrupts their workflow and introduces opportunities for distraction. Social networking –blogs, mashups, activities Personal Instant content library Messaging Documents, Presentations, Feeds, Spreadsheets My Widgets, Live Text E-mail, Collaborative and Calendar, business applications Contacts
  6. 6. Alloy - Bringing SAP Software to Lotus Notes • Office productivity • Business processes • Ad-hoc processes • Industry expertise • On every desktop • System of record
  7. 7. Agenda W hat are the business issues? What is Alloy? Architecture HW and SW Requirements Installation Overview and Connectivity Configuration - both SAP and Domino (and Notes client) Customisation and Extension - Reports and W orkflow Future/Roadmap Benefits 7
  8. 8. Alloy Executive Summary Familiar Working Rapid Deployment Extensibility Environment Deliver SAP information Ensure rapid adoption Add functionality needed and applications into and minimal training for for each unique Lotus Notes to improve end users business user group productivity  Alloy is an extensible platform that customers can leverage to integrate Business Objects between Lotus Notes and SAP Business Suite
  9. 9. Familiar Working Environment 9
  10. 10. Intuitive Design Build on what Notes users know and expect Embedded directly into calendar, e-mail Simple action buttons for decision maker One-click collaboration Side bar adjusts to current user context
  11. 11. Reports Management Give users information to make good decisions • Easy access to BI, ERP and line of business reports • Self service subscription and personalization • Forward or access reports off-line • Links to related reports and information
  12. 12. Travel Management Request, review and approve trip details quickly • Schedule and approve trip requests • Links to key information, e.g. travel and expense policies • Link to collaboration tools to discuss and resolve quickly • Ensure data consistency and compliance
  13. 13. Leave management Manage vacation from your Lotus Notes calendar • Schedule and approve leave requests • Links to key information, e.g. vacation policies • Link to collaboration tools to discuss and resolve quickly • Ensure data consistency and compliance
  14. 14. Workflow Decisions Management Manage SAP Workflow decision steps in Lotus Notes • Bring decision steps from workflow to Lotus Notes • Simple configuration-no customization needed • Transparently supports multiple decision options • Extensive customization options for specific requirements
  15. 15. Agenda W hat are the business issues? W hat is Alloy? Architecture HW and SW Requirements Installation Overview and Connectivity Configuration - both SAP and Domino (and Notes client) Customisation and Extension - Reports and W orkflow Future/Roadmap Benefits 15
  16. 16. The Architecture behind Alloy
  17. 17. Single Sign-On using SAML (Secure Assertion Markup Language)
  18. 18. Notes Technologies that enable us to build Alloy  Alloy relies on a set of product capabilities from Domino and Notes  New capabilities from Release 8:  WebService Support  Sidebar Plugin  Widget Catalog (optionally use Installer)  Previous capabilities  Mail Routing  Template inheritance  HTML
  19. 19. Agenda W hat are the business issues? W hat is Alloy? Architecture HW and SW Requirements Installation Overview and Connectivity Configuration - both SAP and Domino (and Notes client) Customisation and Extension - Reports and W orkflow Future/Roadmap Benefits 19
  20. 20. Alloy System Prerequisites for v1.0  IBM Lotus  Lotus Notes 8.0.2 and above  Lotus Domino 8.0.2 and above  SAP  SAP ERP 6.0 or higher  SAP BI 3.5 or 7  Initial Languages  English, German, French, Japanese, Italian  Platform support  Lotus Notes client – initially Microsoft® Windows XP® 32 Bit and Windows Vista® 32 Bit  Domino – initially Microsoft® Windows Server® 20
  21. 21. Agenda W hat are the business issues? W hat is Alloy? Architecture HW and SW Requirements Installation Overview and Connectivity Configuration - both SAP and Domino (and Notes client) Customisation and Extension - Reports and W orkflow Future/Roadmap Benefits 21
  22. 22. Rapid Deployment 22
  23. 23. Deploying Alloy Deployment of Alloy happens in 2 parallel streams  SAP Administrator   Setup of SAP WebAs (J2ee Server)  Deployment of Alloy components  Configuration against SAP ERP / SAP NetWeaver BI Domino Administrator   Setup additional Domino Server [suggested]  Deployment of additional templates  Creation of Alloy Domino Databases  Setup of UserMapping for Single Sign-On Joint tasks   Connecting the two systems  Test connectivity 23
  24. 24. Alloy initial Deployment steps – SAP side Deploy and configure SAP Information Worker Add-on  Establish trust between SAP Systems and SAP Information  Worker Add-on Setup connections between SAP Systems and SAP Information  Worker Add-on Perform configuration in the SAP System (Alloy IMG)   For Reporting maintain report data for the report catalogs  For custom workflows configure Workflow Decision Management 24
  25. 25. Alloy initial Deployment steps – Domino Side Addition of Alloy Design Elements to mail8.ntf  Update of Mail Design  Install of Sidebar plug-in  Creation of Domino Policies for ECL updates, notes.ini parameters   $NDERPMDWS_URL=http://sapdomqe.notesdev.ibm.com/NDERPws.nsf/ MetaDataService?openwebservice  $NDERPMID=Alloy Mail In Database@Hannover Configuration of Alloy Databases on the server  Setup of SSL on Domino Domino Server hosting Alloy (SAML  requirement) 25
  26. 26. Agenda W hat are the business issues? W hat is Alloy? Architecture HW and SW Requirements Installation Overview and Connectivity Configuration - both SAP and Domino (and Notes client) Customisation and Extension - Reports and Workflow Future/Roadmap Benefits 26
  27. 27. Extensibility
  28. 28. Intuitive Design Build on what Notes users know and expect Embedded directly into calendar, e-mail Simple action buttons for decision maker One-click collaboration Side bar adjusts to current user context
  29. 29. Workflow Integration Transparently expose workflow decisions in Lotus Notes • Configure which workflow decisions to expose in Alloy • Add further SAP information by using ABAP workbench • Modify the decision user interface in Domino Designer • Integrate additional helpful information into the sidebar
  30. 30. Custom Integration Bring contextual information to facilitate better decisions • Bring contextual information from SAP Business Suite • Use standard customization tools like Lotus Notes Designer, Lotus Script, SAP Implementation Guide • Integrate additional helpful information into the sidebar • Customize email and document forms to fit your needs
  31. 31. Customizing in Alloy 1.0 The Alloy platform allows the exposure of a decision step of a SAP  Business Workflow easily into Lotus Notes  SAP decision workflows can be “Approve” / “Decline” decisions  SAP also supports generic decisions – which are also supported by Alloy – Example: Release Sales order, Recheck Sales order,Cancel Sales order, The item can be approved in Lotus Notes and is routed back into the  SAP System This capability allows customers to expose a huge set of decision  processed to an Information Worker in Lotus Notes, for example  Purchase approvals  Appraisal decisions  New Hires  Material master decisions  Escalation management 31
  32. 32. Customization – SAP Side (1) Select a decision-step in an SAP Business Workflow  32
  33. 33. Advanced Customization – SAP (2) Optional ABAP development to enrich item (SAP User Exit)  33
  34. 34. Customization – Notes Once the Object is available as a Notes Document standard Notes  Technologies can be applied  Extraction of Data from the XML object in a Notes Document using Lotus Script or Java  XML Data can be added to RichText Object (Body Field) or mapped to specific Fields on a Notes Form Obviously as the object is a Notes Document, additional Options  are available, such as  Sametime Integration  Related links 34
  35. 35. Example Workflow Screen from Beta Customer (1) 35
  36. 36. Example Workflow Screen from Beta Customer (2) 36
  37. 37. Customization of the Sidebar plug-in Change key points e.g. Urls to additional info, related documents  Designer is not required for this part   e.g. paste URL into metadata db field HTML Fragments extend the sideshelf   Integration of Real-time content from a server,  e.g. communication through Ajax or a WebService  Integration of Charting engines, e.g. Google Charts  Applying corporate UI Guidelines or CSS Stylesheets 37
  38. 38. Agenda W hat are the business issues? W hat is Alloy? Architecture HW and SW Requirements Installation Overview and Connectivity Configuration - both SAP and Domino (and Notes client) Customisation and Extension - Reports and W orkflow Future/Roadmap Benefits 38
  39. 39. The Future • Many things under consideration • Clustering • Additional Roles • Additional Notes initiated workflows • Additional platforms • Integration with other software eg Symphony, Cognos etc • Looking for feedback and suggestions from customers 39
  40. 40. Agenda W hat are the business issues? W hat is Alloy? Architecture HW and SW Requirements Installation Overview and Connectivity Configuration - both SAP and Domino (and Notes client) Customisation and Extension - Reports and W orkflow Future/Roadmap Benefits 40
  41. 41. Key Benefits For the business user, the enterprise and IT •A smarter work environment for Increase effectiveness, business users, integrating the responsiveness, and collaborative capabilities of Lotus productivity Notes with SAP applications, workflows, and information Improve decision making •Easy and intuitive access to relevant, contextual business information Better risk management •Employees can more easily adhere to and mitigation business processes, follow workflows, and act on essential information Increase ROI •Leverage existing investments in SAP applications and Lotus Notes.
  42. 42. What makes Alloy unique? Reliable, simple and extensible <Value Scenario> improves <benefit> and <benefit> • The first product jointly developed and supported by SAP and IBM • Eliminates the need to build and maintain expensive custom programming or interfaces to integrate SAP applications with Lotus Notes • Allows in-house developers and system integrators to customize and extend functionality to better serve unique needs
  43. 43.  Alloy is an extensible platform that customers can leverage to integrate Business Objects between Lotus Notes and SAP Business Suite
  44. 44. Thank-You For more information, visit ibm.com/software/lotus/alloy
  45. 45. © IBM Corporation 2008. All Rights Reserved. The information contained in this publication is provided for informational purposes only. While efforts were made to verify the completeness and accuracy of the information contained in this publication, it is provided AS IS without warranty of any kind, express or implied. In addition, this information is based on IBM’s current product plans and strategy, which are subject to change by IBM without notice. IBM shall not be responsible for any damages arising out of the use of, or otherwise related to, this publication or any other materials. Nothing contained in this publication is intended to, nor shall have the effect of, creating any warranties or representations from IBM or its suppliers or licensors, or altering the terms and conditions of the applicable license agreement governing the use of IBM software. References in this publication to IBM products, programs, or services do not imply that they will be available in all countries in which IBM operates. Product release dates and/or capabilities referenced in this presentation may change at any time at IBM’s s ole discretion based on market opportunities or other factors, and are not intended to be a commitment to future product or feature availability in any way. Nothing contained in these materials is intended to, nor shall have the effect of, stating or implying that any activities undertaken by you will result in any specific sales, revenue growth, savings or other results. IBM, the IBM logo, Lotus, Lotus Notes, Notes, Domino, Sametime, and Lotusphere are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both. Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

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