mySAP Business Suite 2005 Features Changes in IPC Usability

  • by Michael Zarges, Director, CRM Solution Management, SAP AG
  • December 15, 2005
The latest release of Internet Pricing and Configurator (IPC), available in October 2005, offers a new Listing Engine that helps you determine whether to allow or exclude certain products for a specific customer. It also has a radical change in its technology layer that leads to greater system stability for users and easier implementation for the technical team.
Key Concept
Standard Java architecture makes it hard to provide robust and scalable application servers. SAP has therefore developed a groundbreaking new architecture for Java applications which applies long-standing knowledge of ABAP application servers to the Java area. The IPC is the first component to make use of this new architecture as of the 2005 release.

The latest release of Internet Pricing and Configurator (IPC) that comes with mySAP Business Suite 2005 features both functional and technological changes. I’m going to describe its capabilities and explain how the update affects your end users and your technical team.

IPC is a mandatory component of mySAP CRM and mySAP Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) that has been available since Release 2.0B for certain scenarios. IPC consists of a set of Java engines that, among other things, manipulate product pricing and allow you to carry out pricing and configuration regardless of whether you are connected to the Internet. IPC, for example, lets users interactively customize products (e.g., personal computers) online in a company’s Web shop and compare prices of these items and their options.

With this update, the IPC engines run on a new enterprise-scale infrastructure — the Virtual Machine Container (VM Container), which is part of SAP NetWeaver 2004s. With previous versions, any crash of the IPC application impacted many users at the same time. With the new technology, that situation becomes more unlikely as application errors are limited to a single user session. In addition, the full integration with SAP NetWeaver 2004s makes it easier to maintain/monitor the IPC because it allows the same people to support both the CRM system and the IPC.

Michael Zarges

Joined SAP in 1998 as a developer. In 2001, he started working with the IPC and especially the process of product configuration as a consultant. He is now part of the customer project management team in CRM Solution Management. Michael holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering.


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