Bringing ccBPM-based Integration Processes to SAP NetWeaver PO: Why Automation Doesn’t Work

  • by Dr. Volker Stiehl, Professor, Ingolstadt Technical University of Applied Sciences
  • January 15, 2013
SAP NetWeaver Process Orchestration (PO) 7.31 offers a new way to build stateful integration processes using the new graphical standard Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) for modeling as well as executing processes. Learn about potential problems you have to tackle while bringing your existing Business Process Execution Language (BPEL)-based old cross-component Business Process Management (ccBPM)-developed processes to the new BPMN environment, and why an automated tool is not an ideal solution.
Key Concept
The Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) is a standardized graphical notation for drawing the steps of a business process. It was developed by the Business Process Management Initiative and is now maintained by the Object Management Group (OMG).

SAP NetWeaver Process Orchestration (SAP NetWeaver PO) 7.31 is a new offering for companies that want to benefit from the combined functionality of the three products SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (SAP NetWeaver PI), SAP NetWeaver Business Process Management (SAP NetWeaver BPM), and SAP NetWeaver Business Rules Management (SAP NetWeaver BRM). It is especially attractive for SAP NetWeaver PI users who can now build sophisticated stateful integration processes, which were not possible on the old cross-component Business Process Management (ccBPM) environment.

As SAP NetWeaver PO was built solely on the pure Java stack, it was clear from the beginning that companies could not reuse their existing ABAP-based ccBPM integration processes in the new environment. As a result, customers approached SAP with a question: How do we get our already-running processes onto SAP NetWeaver PO? This question came up often on our SAP NetWeaver PI forum on SCN and was heatedly debated at last year’s TechEd. This article explains why an automated solution is not possible without major drawbacks.

Dr. Volker Stiehl

Prof. Dr. Volker Stiehl studied computer science at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. After 12 years as a developer and senior system architect at Siemens, he joined SAP in 2004. As chief product expert, Volker was responsible for the success of the products SAP Process Orchestration, SAP Process Integration, and SAP HANA Cloud Integration (now SAP HANA Cloud Platform, integration service). He left SAP in 2016 and accepted a position as professor at the Ingolstadt Technical University of Applied Sciences where he is currently teaching business information systems. In September 2011, Volker received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Technology Darmstadt. His thesis was on the systematic design and implementation of applications using BPMN. Volker is also the author of Process-Driven Applications with BPMN as well as the co-author of SAP HANA Cloud Integration and a regular speaker at various national and international conferences.

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