Effortlessly Manage Your Service-Oriented Architecture Landscape with SOA Manager

  • by Boris Rubarth, Knowledge Architect, SAP NetWeaver, SAP AG
  • October 1, 2010
Discover how to create templates for services configuration (profiles). Then see how to apply these templates (bundled in a business scenario) to services to create endpoints together instead of separate endpoint creation for each service. Service-oriented architecture (SOA) Manager, as a configuration tool for ABAP Web Services, offers additional configuration objects to easily carry out configuration tasks in service-oriented architecture landscapes.
Key Concept
SOA Manager is the configuration tool for ABAP Web Services that offers advanced configuration functionalities. Among these, the combined configuration of multiple services and consumers, called service-oriented architecture (SOA) Configuration for Connectivity, is important especially for complex scenarios with several consumer and provider services to ease the configuration task.

As the concept of service-oriented architecture (SOA) becomes a reality for an increasing number of companies, the question of how best to run a service-based landscape becomes more important. The actual implementation of SAP-delivered enterprise services or the creation of new enterprise services with new functionality is only one aspect of the whole picture. Once the implementation work is done the next step is to configure the runtime behavior of the services. Only then are they ready for the consuming applications to use. SOA Manager is the tool for configuring both provider and consumer services on the ABAP stack.

One of SOA Manager’s improvements is the advanced concept of service configuration — referred to as SOA Configuration for Connectivity — which allows you to configure multiple services at one time (among other things). I focus on the SOA Configuration for Connectivity functionality for ABAP services. I first take a general look at why you need an advanced service management concept before moving on to the concepts behind the new approach. Then I will narrow down the focus to the configuration areas for multiple service providers.

SOA Manager is available with SAP NetWeaver Application Server (SAP NetWeaver AS) ABAP 7.0 (with Support Package 14). This article is based on SAP NetWeaver enhancement package 2 for SAP NetWeaver 7.0 with Support Package 4. The predecessor, SAP enhancement package 1, offers similar functionality. However, the user interface and the handling differ in some areas.

Boris Rubarth

Boris Rubarth works as a knowledge architect at SAP AG in Walldorf, Germany. He started at SAP as an instructor for customer training in 1999, focused on integration and connectivity topics, and developed knowledge material on these topics. Boris then worked in SAP NetWeaver Product Management for more than two years, covering SAP NetWeaver as an Integration Platform and AS ABAP topics. He holds a PhD in physics.

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