Everybody wants it, some have it, others don't yet know that they want it. We're talking about service-oriented architectures (SOAs) Yet, experience shows that many customers aren't fully aware of the possible applications of this concept. Thus, there is often an attempt to modify the description and specification of a needed process until it can be realized by a given SAP functionality. However, in a service-oriented world the approach is different. In the course of a workshop, there is an initial evaluation of which business administration requirements have already been realized by conventional means, and which objectives remain to be achieved.
In earlier days, the customer conveyed his/her order by fax and a clerk at the supplier end would manually enter it into the SAP system. In order to simplify the process, a standardized Internet sales solution (WebShop) might be added, with which the customer could create orders while the system automatically generated corresponding orders in the ERP system. Yet for some customers the advantage was not so great that they would exchange their accustomed ordering process in favor of the new medium. As a result, the supplier was often disappointed as his/her online shop solution had evidently not yielded improved customer orientation, and the expected added-value in the form of reduced processing costs.
Isn't it worth achieving a decisive competitive advantage through the use of innovative technology and forward-looking concepts and solutions? For example, an online shop that optimally adapts to the needs of "every" user?
It's exactly for this purpose that SAP, with its SAP NetWeaver technology platform, offers a comprehensive range of functionalities. The correct application of these functionalities is worked out through dialog with the customer. What the technical solution will look like at the end of the day cannot be known in advance. For it emerges through an evolutionary process in which pre-existing knowledge is applied in an optimal and target group-oriented manner.
What's more, the special advantage of a service-oriented infrastructure can be exploited. Here, its a matter of considering the entire bandwidth of Web and Enterprise services, to be potentially integrated in the form of mash-ups. "Mash-up" denotes the possibility of combining existing functions in new ways and of seamlessly integrating these.
Using innovative, existing solutions, we'll be happy to demonstrate that this service-oriented world is no mere marketing concept but can spring to reality today.
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