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SAP NetWeaver influence on development of further SAP business solutions Master thesis project

Prepared by:

Diana Gold Oguzhan Osman Erim Prof. Mark Smith

Academic supervisor:

KTH, 2008

Abstract
Thesis work presented in this report is a joint work of two students of Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) over a period of twenty weeks under the supervision of Prof. Mark Smith. The main area of investigation is SAP NetWeaver and its influence on further development of SAP applications. In order to find out the impact of SAP NetWeaver on SAP as a company and as a system, SAP background and history as well as SAP NetWeaver background and components are analyzed. Moreover, as SAP NetWeaver is based on SOA principles, this framework is also presented in details. Lastly, SAP NetWeaver influence on architecture, development, integration and implementation of SAP solutions is studied and a survey is carried out in order to find out the impact of SAP NetWeaver on business actors (SAP customers, developers and consultants). In the conclusions part, all the results are analyzed and summed up.

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Table of contents
Abstract............................................................................................................................. 2 1. 2. Introduction .............................................................................................................. 4 Introduction to SAP solutions.................................................................................. 6 2.1. 2.2. 2.3. SAP background and history........................................................................................ 6 SAP solutions ............................................................................................................. 11 SAP efficiency............................................................................................................ 16 SOA overview ............................................................................................................ 18

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SAP NetWeaver overview ....................................................................................... 18 3.1.
3.1.1. Evolution of IT architecture...................................................................................................18 3.1.2. SOA definition.......................................................................................................................19 3.1.3. Logical architecture model ....................................................................................................22

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SAP NetWeaver definition......................................................................................... 25

3.2.1. SAP NetWeaver background.................................................................................................25 3.2.2. SAP NetWeaver components ................................................................................................27 3.2.3. Overview of SAP NetWeaver competitors............................................................................31

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SAP NetWeaver impact on development of SAP solutions................................... 37 4.1. 4.2. 4.3. 4.4. 4.5. SAP NetWeaver impact on SAP architecture ............................................................ 37 SAP NetWeaver impact on integration of different applications............................... 40 SAP NetWeaver impact on development of new applications .................................. 43 SAP NetWeaver impact on SAP implementation ...................................................... 50 SAP NetWeaver influence on project actors.............................................................. 52

4.5.1. SAP customers.......................................................................................................................53 4.5.2. SAP...
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