Remodeling ccBPM Processes Using SAP NetWeaver PO: How to Distribute Work between BPM and PI

  • by Dr. Volker Stiehl, Professor, Ingolstadt Technical University of Applied Sciences
  • February 19, 2013
With SAP NetWeaver Process Orchestration (SAP NetWeaver PO) you have several options at your disposal for implementing particular integration scenarios. The key question is: How do you separate the work between SAP NetWeaver Business Process Management (BPM) and SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (PI) (both of which are actually part of SAP NetWeaver PO)? The answer is: Assign the respective tasks to the tool or framework that is best suited for it! See how to apply this rule for a concrete scenario.
Key Concept
The graphical mapper is a new enhancement for the Enterprise Services Repository perspective of the SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio. It allows you to conveniently map fields to each other by dragging and dropping, including the addition of complex mapping logic and the assignment of fields on different nesting levels by means of a context switch.

SAP NetWeaver Process Orchestration (SAP NetWeaver PO) allows you to model and run all kinds of processes: Interactive human-centric business processes, stateful integration processes, and stateless message handling processes. However, users who worked with the SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (PI) double-stack version (ABAP/Java) before and want to benefit from the new capabilities SAP NetWeaver PO is offering have to remodel their integration processes using the graphical modeling standard Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN).

I explain how to separate work between the business process parts on the one hand and the integration parts on the other, and provide guidelines to help you decide which tool to use to achieve your goals.

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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