5 Considerations for Upgrading Your Portal

  • by Ameya Pimpalgaonkar, Senior SAP Architect
  • November 22, 2011
Many enterprises are upgrading their portals to SAP NetWeaver 7.3. Look at five elements to consider when making the decision to upgrade your portal.
Key Concept
SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3 is the latest version of the portal. It includes several new features, including an improved look and feel, better development and enhancement options, and newer technologies.

After looking at the portal landscape of one of the energy sector giants, I was shocked to see this company maintaining an old dual-version landscape of portals. One of the portals this company was maintaining was SAP NetWeaver Portal 6.0 with SAP NetWeaver Application Server 6.20. The other was SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.0, but with a Support Package level lower than 10. Did anybody care about staying updated and reducing the time, money, and effort spent to maintain these versions?

Upgrading to a newer version when it is rolled out is often difficult for large companies. For them it is not a core factor affecting their daily business, but rather a boundary product that can take some damage until an upgrade is planned.

However, I have heard that the number of SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3 installations has crossed the 2,000 mark and is growing strong. For those of you who haven’t yet upgraded, you might wonder what the latest version means for your portal landscape, and whether you should upgrade now. I’ll discuss some points to consider regarding upgrading your portal landscape and explain why upgrading to a newer version might be the right decision.

Ameya Pimpalgaonkar

Ameya Pimpalgaonkar is a senior SAP architect. He specializes in SAP Netweaver Portal, SAP BPM, BRM, MDM, and SAP Mobile. His interests include UI and front-end technologies, SAPUI5, Responsive Design, and integration of modern technologies with SAP UI. He has also worked on HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery. Ameya is also a certified usability analyst from HFI, USA.

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