The SAP Internet Adviser is a central-ized resource compiled specifically
for decision-makers, consultants, and developers who need answers to questions
about how to integrate mySAP.com components with the Internet - questions
- I want to implement an Internet business scenario for a new purchasing
site. What components do I need?
- What Internet technology does my current mySAP.com Marketplace support?
- How can I customize the components that I have now to create an Internet
- What kind of Internet language skills am I looking for when I hire
an administrator for our B2B Procurement site?
- How can I ensure that our new supplier portal is secure?
The SAP Internet Adviser displays the entire
structure and resources available for mySAP.com. As part of the Internet-Business
Framework, it offers a wide variety of information, from how mySAP.com
is integrated with basic Internet technology, to its architecture, to
examples of various e-business scenarios - and SAP Collaborative Business,
or c-Business, Scenarios - in a format that is easy to access and navigate.
Internet Integration Information at Your Fingertips
The information in the Internet Adviser can help you make decisions and
plan for building an organization's Internet presence. It explains the
Internet technology upon which the mySAP.com architecture is based, includes
examples of mySAP.com components, and describes various Internet scenarios
such as Internet sales, collaborative planning, CRM scenarios, Easy Web
Transactions, and Employee Self-Service. The tool offers help for decision-makers
as well as for consultants and developers when implementing Internet scenarios
with business partners (B2B) or within their own companies (intranets).
As you can see in Figure 1, the interface
of the Internet Adviser gives you a library of topics to choose from in
three major areas: Internet Technology, mySAP.com Architecture, and Internet
Scenarios (see discussion below). The Internet Adviser is HTML-based and
can be displayed in any standard Internet browser.
||The Navigation Tool and Opening Screen for the SAP Internet
The SAP Internet Adviser: What It Can Do for
Developers and decision-makers can benefit from the SAP Internet
Adviser, at http://service.sap.com/internetadviser,
in these ways:
- Overview: The Internet Adviser provides a broad overview
of the mySAP.com architecture and the technology behind it. If
you are looking for a better understanding of the different components
that are integrated into the Marketplace and Workplace architecture,
that information is available here.
- Planning: You can reduce time and cost by using the information
in the Internet Adviser to accurately define your business processes
in an Internet environment.
- Implementation: The SAP Internet Adviser is an invaluable
resource for those trying to make decisions regarding Internet
scenarios that require integration with SAP products.
Navigating Your Way Through the Internet Adviser
Using the table of contents on the left-hand side of the browser, you
can easily navigate through the Internet Adviser. The information available
is divided into three main sections.
The Internet Technology section lists and explains the Internet
standards that the SAP architecture employs. It provides an overview and
a lot of background information on the underlying technology, including:
- Internet Technology Standards, including:
- TCP/IP, HTTP/HTTPS, HTML
- Scripting languages
- XML, DTD, XSL
- Internet Security Standards, such as:
- Secure Store and Forward (SSF)
- Secure Network Communication (SNC)
- Secure Electronic Transactions (SET)
- Secure Socket Layer (SSL)
- Standard Organizations, including:
The mySAP.com Architecture section describes
the architecture of the entire mySAP.com landscape: the Workplace, the
Marketplace, the mySAP.com components - such as SAP Customer Relationship
Management (CRM), SAP B2B Procurement, and SAP Business Information Warehouse
(BW) - and the underlying middleware (e.g., ITS, CRM middleware, and SAP
Business Connector). Here, the Internet Adviser provides lists of which
mySAP.com components are available to support the scenarios that you choose,
and it describes how to set up and customize the different components.
Finally, the Internet Scenarios section
demonstrates the different types of Internet scenarios supported by the
mySAP.com solution (see example in Figure 2). Intra-company scenarios
allow you to use Internet technology to perform business processes within
your company. Self-service scenarios empower employees to view, create,
and maintain their data anytime, anywhere, via easy-to-use Web-based technology.
SAP's c-Business Scenarios are scenarios where
two companies work together on a common business goal that can involve
multiple IT environments and systems over the Internet - e.g., vendor-managed
inventory, buying/selling via marketplaces, distributor reseller management,
and exchange of quality certificates.
Both browser-based integration and integration
via messaging are described, as well as the necessary steps for customizing
and integrating the appropriate components. Other topics include WAP (Wireless
Application Protocol) scenarios, which enable users to access Web-based
interactive information services and applications from the screens of
their mobile phones.
||The Catalog Retailing c-Business Scenario
How to Get Started
You can access the Internet Adviser directly via the SAP Service Marketplace
Visit the site, provide your SAP user ID and password, and follow the
link to the online version of the Internet Adviser. Or you can order the
CD version of the tool from the same site.
You'll then have the basic information you need
to plan and implement your Internet applications and Internet scenarios.
Peter Ludwig's consulting experience with SAP goes back to 1988. His
focus is on interfacing and system integration. At the moment, he is heading
the Internet-Business Integration team of SAP's Internet-Business Framework
group as a Development Manager. Figure 1 The Navigation Tool and Opening
Screen for the SAP Internet Adviser Figure 2 The Catalog Retailing c-Business