SAP updates its SAP NetWeaver platform with new in-memory computing, cloud computing and mobility development features.
SAP unveiled its updated SAP
NetWeaver platform at the company's TechEd event in Berlin.
The new release updated all major product components, including modules for "composing
new business applications, creating mobile applications and integrating data
processes," SAP said Oct. 12.
NetWeaver's new capabilities can be used to "manage cloud operations and shared
tools for building and deploying applications on [premises,] on demand or on
7.3, we have a technology platform for our customers and their
ecosystems that enables fantastic innovations to be delivered without
disruption," Vishal Sikka, executive board member of SAP's Technology and
Innovation Platform, said in a statement.
SAP said it expects enterprises to use NetWeaver
to "manage the dispersed environments associated with cloud infrastructure
and mobile devices, and the processing requirements needed for sophisticated
The company also said, "Customers will be able to ... provide real-time
analytics on SAP Business Suite, accelerate
the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio and SAP
NetWeaver Business Warehouse component, and develop and deploy entirely new
types of applications."
The SAP High-Performance Analytic
Appliance, or HANA, announced at the Sapphire
in May, will speed
up existing applications
and "support mixed workloads-meaning analytic,
performance management and transactional applications will be able to run in a
single environment. ... The core in-memory computing engine powering the SAP
HANA appliance software will also power SAP
NetWeaver," the company said.
NetWeaver 7.3 hooks into other applications for "individual and team
productivity enhancements," for example integrating with Microsoft Excel
so customers can build "reusable business rule sets." It also links
with enterprise workspaces and Duet Enterprise software.
NetWeaver integrates with Sybase
Unwired Platform technology to manage and develop "the full mobile
application life cycle," the company said. A project code-named Gateway
will build on NetWeaver to allow developers to "consume SAP
business data on any mobile device."
The new release of SAP NetWeaver also offers
what the company called "Support for non-disruptive upgrades to SAP
Business Suite software landscapes with prevalidated content for SAP
Business Suite 7 and SAP Business Suite 7
There are also "significant enhancements in identity management using
SAML 2.0 for identity federation and Web-based single sign-on," the
"We are living in a world where customers want to keep what is working
and they want more-they don't want compromises or tradeoffs," Sikka said.
Java support has been enhanced, with Java EE5 certification, Java-only ESB
and JMS publishing and subscription capabilities. NetWeaver 7.3 also supports WS
Policy 1.2, SOAP 1.2, WS Trust 1.3, Java SE 6, JSR 168/286, WSRP 1.0 and SAML
Described as "the core component of the SAP
technology platform," SAP NetWeaver
offers customers "process integration and portal features". NetWeaver
deployments have been growing "by an average of more than 20 percent per
year over the last four years," SAP
said. The company counts "more than 62,000 productive systems" to
date, with 200 new customers deploying SAP
NetWeaver Process Integration in the current quarter, SAP