Five Points to Consider for an Upgrade to SAP NetWeaver 7.3 Portal

  • by Ameya Pimpalgaonkar, Senior SAP Architect
  • December 2, 2013

Understand the intricacies involved in an upgrade to SAP NetWeaver 7.3 Portal. Architectural differences have significantly changed the development process. A lot of technical components have changed, and it’s a mistake to assume that code migration solves all problems. This assumption could jeopardize your project delivery. Use cases and technical scenarios demonstrate the inner workings of the upgrade process.

As you plan your upgrade to SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3, you need to look for ways to estimate the amount of time, effort, and new technical components required for the upgrade process. However, if you don’t understand the intricacies involved in technical infrastructure, don’t start by thinking in terms of the time required for an upgrade. Instead, think of 7.3 delta configurations before you start calculating your upgrade timeline.

Estimating for an SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3 upgrade is not straightforward. Many architectural changes have to be made for a successful upgrade, and it is easy to overlook one or more of the many aspects of a technical upgrade. For example, while all the people involved in an SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3 upgrade project are aware of the need for changes in logon page architecture, there is still room for confusion. The required changes tend to be grouped with other development components, such as WebDynpro Java, leading to confusion when the time comes to update. This can seriously throw off estimation during the execution phase. When you estimate an SAP NetWeaver Portal upgrade to 7.3, I recommend that you consider these top five factors.

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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