Interview with Shai Agassi in the ScobleShow

There is an interview in the recently started ‘ScobleShow‘, Robert Scoble’s new videoblog on PodTech, about what’s going on at SAP and the area of business software in general.

(from SDN)


Major announcements from SAP TechEd 06

SAP TechEd 06 in Las Vegas is over since a few days now, time to have a look at the most important announcements from this educational event:

  • The current MySAP ERP 2005 will stay the stable ‘core’-release for the next 5 years. So SAP breaks it’s previous upgrade-circle and accomodates it’s customers that couldn’t follow the software company’s fast pace anyway. Within this timeframe, new functionalities and technology comes with ‘enhancement packages’ which can optionally be installed. more
  • There is a new product called ‘SAP Enterprise Search’. It allows the user to search for information both in unstructured (file-system) and structured data (ERP, 3rd party, …) of the enterprise. more
  • There is a new development environment to come, called ‘SAP NetWeaver Composition Framework’. It combines the Composite Application Framework (CAF), WebDynpro and Visual Composer and allows to develop applications in a model-based, code-free way. more
  • Finally, there is a new community for so called ‘Business Process Experts’ (BPX) within SDN. SDN really thrived since it was started, let’s see wether the BPX-community will as well. more

A good overview of the news from TechEd and the key points of Shai Agassi’s keynote can also be found on Mark Crofton’s blog.

‘Echoes’ of SAP TechEd 06 in the Blogosphere

SAP TechEd has started on 09/12/2006 and you can already find a lot of people reporting from it within their blogs. And this not only because SAP invited some famous bloggers like Robert Scoble to their event.

Here are some links to blogs from/about SAP TechEd 06:

Summary of Shai’s Keynote at SAP TechEd ’06 Las Vegas
A conversation with SAP’s Shai Agassi (Robert Scoble)
PodTech SAP channel
Podcasts (and videos) from Teched
SAP TechEd ’06: Stallgeruch
Flex Workshop at SDN Day

Craig Cmehil, community evangelist for SAP’s SDN, collected some more.

You can also find some photos from the event.

What’s new in SAP NetWeaver 2004s

On SDN I found two presentations describing the new features of NetWeaver 2004s, the successor of NetWeaver 04. One is concise and the other more detailed.

The key facts:

  • NetWeaver 2004s is SAP’s open and adaptable infrastructure for Enterprise SOA (i.e. the foundation for their Business Process Platform)
  • There are no NetWeaver components any more (like Mobile Infrastructure, Portal, …) and no different versions and version numbers of components. There is only one NetWeaver 2004s
  • Instead, there is a more “business process oriented” view of NetWeaver: the business needs to run IT scenarios (e.g. Enterprise Reporting, Query and Analysis), which need one ore more “installed units” of NetWeaver (e.g. NetWeaver BI), which can comprise some clients (browser, BEx, …), systems (AS ABAP, AS Java, …) and standalone engines (TREX)
  • There are also some new features, not only new terms ;-):
    • Enhanced BI with integrated business planning and “BI Accelerator” for higher performance
    • New portal features: Federated Portal Networks (of independent portal installations) and “External Facing Portals” to build extranets or public web sites
    • New development capabilities with WebDynpro for ABAP and features like the switch framework, a new enhancement concept and a new code editor