Get Ready for the Next Generation of SAP Business Applications Based on the Enterprise Service-Oriented Architecture (Enterprise SOA)

  • by Robert Heidasch, Senior Manager/Senior Principal, Accenture
  • July 15, 2007
Every aspect of your business and its automated processes is becoming increasingly more dynamic, driving the need for your supporting technologies to be correspondingly adaptable. The Enterprise Service-Oriented Architecture (Enterprise SOA) in SAP NetWeaver is a Web services-based conceptual architecture that is designed to help you meet this challenge by bringing flexibility, adaptability, and ease of integration to your SAP business applications. This article describes the concepts, technologies, and tools that comprise Enterprise SOA, and explores the options for progressively moving your existing SAP architecture to Enterprise SOA. It also provides a sneak preview of upcoming Enterprise SOA features.

Robert Heidasch

Robert Heidasch is senior manager/senior principal in the Accenture & SAP Business Solution Group, which designs and develops new business solutions and applications provided jointly by Accenture and SAP based on the newest SAP technology. He is co-author and trainer of a couple of SAP technology-related areas (e.g., SAP HANA solution architect, SAP HANA technical architect, Business Suite on SAP HANA, and SAP HANA as a development platform delivered in Europe, US, and Asia). Robert has more than 21 years’ experience designing and developing IT systems. He has published several technical and business articles about SOA, SAP NetWeaver and its integration with non-SAP systems (e.g., Microsoft and Oracle), and SAP HANA technology. Robert is also an inventor of 18 patents granted in the US--for example, Ranking in Cascading Learning Systems, Learnable Contextual Network, Machine Learning for a Memory-Based Database, Modular Secure Data Transfer, Managing Software Component Versions within a Service Oriented Architecture, Machine Learning for a Memory-based Database, Adaptive and Secure Modular Connection, and Asynchrony Debugging Using Web Services Interface.

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