Develop Composite Applications with SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment 7.1: Part 3 — Modeling Collaborative Business Processes with SAP Tools

  • by Dr. Volker Stiehl, Professor, Ingolstadt Technical University of Applied Sciences
  • September 15, 2008
This is the third and final installment in a series of articles introducing you to composite applications, their characteristics and architecture, and the challenges you face in developing them. This article looks at the top layer of the architecture: the process layer that addresses the process flow, the individual steps of the process, the data flow between steps, and process roles. It shows you how to model collaborative processes with SAP Guided Procedures (SAP GPs). Besides the process layer, this article also covers briefly an important aspect of the business object layer, namely how to model business objects with SAP Composite Application Framework (SAP CAF). Composite applications have garnered a lot of excitement recently for good reason: They play an important role in enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA).

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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