Gartner Research

SAP NetWeaver: The Past, Present and Future

Published: 01 September 2010

ID: G00200887

Analyst(s): Bill Swanton , Derek Prior , Daniel Sholler , Janelle Hill , Jim Murphy , Andrew White , Thomas Otter , Bill Hostmann , Massimo Pezzini

Summary

Many organizations are unsure what NetWeaver is, or what it will become. What SAP has delivered differs significantly from the original vision. Rather than the enterprisewide middleware platform SAP envisioned, it's best-suited to deploy SAP applications and integrate SAP applications and processes.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Recommendations,
  • SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (Dan Sholler and Massimo Pezzini)
    • Is SAP NetWeaver Process Integration a viable platform to support SAP-to-non-SAP application integration requirements?
    • What is the road map for Process Integration? How realistic is the road map?
    • What will be the SAP NetWeaver PI role in SAP's application integration strategy?
    • Should an SAP-centric organization with an established application integration/enterprise service bus in place consider switching to SAP NetWeaver PI?
  • SAP NetWeaver Portal (Jim Murphy)
    • For what business scenarios should organizations use SAP NetWeaver Portal? In what areas can organizations expect SAP Portal to improve?
    • How will SAP NetWeaver Portal complement and interoperate with other portals?
  • SAP Solution Manager (Derek Prior)
    • How does SAP Solution Manager relate to SAP NetWeaver?
    • How should enterprises really be using SAP Solution Manager?
  • NetWeaver Business Warehouse (Bill Hostmann)
    • What are customer experiences with NetWeaver Business Warehouse, and what are the future plans?
    • Should I use the BEx tools that come with BW or should I purchase/deploy the BusinessObjects products instead? How mature is the integration?
  • Master Data Management (Andrew White)
    • When will SAP NetWeaver MDM be ready to meet all my MDM requirements?
    • How should I use SAP to manage master data?
  • Business Process Management/Composition Environment (Janelle Hill)
    • How mature are SAP's BPM and composition tools?

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