by Jacquelyn M. Howard, Senior Managing Editor, SAP Professional Journal
It seems that in the past year or so, I kept hearing about the demise of SAP NetWeaver Portal, especially given the popularity of Microsoft SharePoint. However, at SAP TechEd, I heard more about new functionality being introduced for SAP NetWeaver Portal, such as Enterprise Workspaces. Even more surprising, was the talk about new planned functionality, such as integration with SAP StreamWork and SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand.
In fact, Vishal Sikka noted in the keynote that there are more SAP NetWeaver Portal go-lives per month than SAP NetWeaver BW. In addition, Guy Bavly, Head of Product Management for Portal and Enterprise Workspaces at SAP, shared that 2009 was a good year for new implementations, with 69% growth in adoption of the core functionality and 25% growth in adoption of the full SAP NetWeaver Portal.
Bavly also discussed some of the new features in the next release of SAP NetWeaver Portal. They include:
Enterprise Workspaces: A place where you can use existing data and content to create reports and applications. Includes personal workspaces for individual use and shared workspaces for sharing live data. The new UI focuses on a self-service approach, allowing users to pull information into their workspace.
Web Page Composer: Enables business users to create and manage portal pages via WYSIWYG drag-and-drop. The tool is based on SAP Knowledge Management and SAP NetWeaver Portal functionality.
Wikis and forums: The new version of SAP NetWeaver Portal includes wiki and forum functionality that allows you to collaborate with your colleagues to share information. Includes functionality for moderation and approval processes. Based on the access control and permission concept, administrators have control over content while users have control over how they collaborate with their colleagues.
Third-party integration: With the new release, SAP NetWeaver Portal becomes an open
platform for third-party content integration. Includes support of Java Specification Requests (JSRs) 168/ and 286, Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) 1.0, Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 1.0 and 2, Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 5, and Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) 6. Furthermore, you can integrate SAP BusinessObjects reports via the Portal Integration Kit.
So I’d say we’ll see SAP NetWeaver Portal stay around for a while. I’m even seeing some people offer advice for how you can work with SAP NetWeaver Portal and Microsoft SharePoint together, but that’s a topic for another day.