SAP Microsoft Interoperability - Portal Solutions


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SAP Microsoft Interoperability - Portal Solutions

  1. 1. SAP/Microsoft Interoperability Portal Solutions Kristian Kalsing & Alex Xie Extend Technologies
  2. 2. What We’ll Cover … • Introduction & Overview • What is Microsoft SharePoint? • Enterprise Portal versus SharePoint Server • Portal Interoperability • Wrap-up
  3. 3. Introduction EP and MOSS are two strong portal products with different strengths and weaknesses. With the growing proliferation of both portals, organisations are faced with many questions: • Which portal to use when? • How much of each portal? • Do we really need both? • How can we integrate the two portals? • Which will be the portal of portals?
  4. 4. • SharePoint is Microsoft’s fastest growing server product ever Introduction • 100 million SharePoint CALs sold worldwide (as of 30 June this fiscal year) … Explain the “issue” or topic or motivation for the • 500 million licensed Office PCs session... • SharePoint is deployed in 75% of Fortune 100 companies Bill Gates SharePoint Conference Seattle, 3-6 March 2008
  5. 5. SharePoint Feature Areas Server-based Excel Docs/tasks/calendars, blogs, wikis, e- spreadsheets and data mail integration, project management visualization, Report Center, BI “lite”, Outlook integration, Web Parts, KPIs/Dashboards offline docs/lists Business Collaboration Intelligence Platform Enterprise Portal Rich and Web forms template, Site Services based front-ends, Business Directory, My LOB actions, Workspaces, Mgmt, Portal Sites, social Forms Security, Storage, pluggable SSO networking, Topology, Site Model privacy control Content Integrated document Search management, records Management Enterprise scalability, management, and Web content contextual relevance, rich management with policies and people and business data workflow search
  6. 6. Two Worlds – People and Process Estimate custom design Unstructured Get specs from Validate specs customer with Tech Sales Decide Assemble Approve Cost out proposed proposed discount the solution response response strategy Create Create Create Complete Create Qualified? Closed? Invoice Lead Oppt’y Quote Sale Retire Lead CRM Structured ERP
  7. 7. EP and MOSS – Relative Differences EP MOSS Integration Vertical Horizontal Data Structured Unstructured Features Transaction-oriented Collaboration-oriented Designed around Business processes People Structure Centralised Decentralised Primary business driver Enabler Productivity Seamless integration with Back-end system Desktop tools
  8. 8. EP and MOSS – When to use which?
  9. 9. EP and MOSS – How much of each?
  10. 10. EP to MOSS Interoperability • Front-end integration  Simple links to launch specific portal pages  Page embedding: Page Viewer Web Part  Portlet embedding: IView Web Part  Portlet syndication: WSRP Web Part Content syndication: RSS Viewer Web Part SharePoint SSO  • Custom development  Custom web parts connecting to SAP web services • Forms and workflow  InfoPath Forms submitting to SAP web services • Business Data Catalog (BDC)  Business data web parts  SharePoint lists and document libraries  Search  User profile properties  Custom solutions
  11. 11. MOSS to EP Interoperability • Front-end integration  Simple links to launch specific portal pages  Page embedding: URL IView  Portlet embedding: URL IView  Portlet syndication: SharePoint does not produce WSRP  Content syndication: XML IView • Custom development  Consuming SharePoint Web Services with Web Dynpro  Portal Development Kit (PDK) for .NET • Document and content management  Publishing SharePoint content to SAP Portal  Custom development or third-party products  Applying NetWeaver KM to SharePoint artefacts  WebDAV Repository Manager, limited support for WebDAV in SharePoint
  12. 12. Summary Both Enterprise Portal and SharePoint Server provide a broad range of capabilities with similar feature areas There are relative strengths and weaknesses between the two portal products Various options are available for integration between Enterprise Portal and SharePoint Server
  13. 13. 3 Key Points to Take Home A dual portal strategy is a viable approach. It is not necessarily a question of one or the other There are proven ways of achieving interoperability between Enterprise Portal and SharePoint Server and thereby leverage the best of both worlds Define your overall portal strategy to get the right mix in terms of capabilities and technology footprint
  14. 14. THANK YOU! Kristian Kalsing Alex Xie