We’re happy to announce that Microsoft .NET and SAP (Microsoft Press, 2009; ISBN: 9780735625686; 480 pages), authored by Juergen Daiberl, Steve Fox, Scott Adams, and Thomas Reimer, is available now. This book shows .NET developers how to use familiar skills and tools to connect with and customize SAP applications.
Let’s begin with book’s Foreword, by Microsoft’s Neil Leslie:
Like many of you, my experiences working in and around software for the last 19 years haveleft me with many lasting impressions. One of those, as the senior engineering leader inMicrosoft’s Internal IT organization, brought me insight and inspired passion for the powerbusinesses can derive from a well-managed approach to Microsoft and SAP technology inthe enterprise.
As you undoubtedly know, Microsoft and SAP have a long-standing partnership, reachingback to an agreement between the companies in 1994 to support SAP applications runningon Microsoft’s SQL Server and Windows Server platforms. Since then, Microsoft has becomea significant platform for SAP installations, with the majority of all new SAP Business Suitesystems today running on Microsoft Windows Server.
Beyond the partnership at the operating system and database layer, Microsoft and SAP alsooffer a deep integration on the application level. This integration is demonstrated by thejoint commitment to Web Services for interoperability between both application stacks, aswell as with the first joint product named Duet, which bridges Microsoft Office and the SAPBusiness Suite.
Although these days I spend my time evangelizing about Microsoft technology to theexternal world, my time in IT made real for me the importance of bringing both Microsoftand SAP stacks together to get the best out of both worlds and enable business to be moreefficient.
It is in that vein I highly recommend this book. It covers application-level interoperabilitytopics in depth, spanning topics such as:
Developers and architects who work in a Microsoft-SAP environment and who are lookingfor best practices and guidance about how to bring both application stacks together in aproductive way should consider this a must-read.
Neil LeslieMicrosoft General ManagerPlatform Evangelism
The book’s Introduction describes its goals and intended audiences:
During the time we spent in the Microsoft–SAP area as Technical Evangelists for Microsoftand as specialists in the field, we recognized that a lot of people have the same questions:
We tried to answer some of the questions by publishing white papers at http://www.microsoft.com/sap, but we also recognized that no book was available that described some basicscenarios in detail so that a developer could use such a book as a starting point for thiscomplex topic. Therefore, the scenarios covered in this book try to answer the most frequentlyasked questions we’ve heard. As you can imagine, though, the possible integration scenariosbetween Microsoft and SAP far exceed the number of scenarios described here.
Another topic that is not discussed in this book is the use of the Microsoft platform (MicrosoftWindows Server and Microsoft SQL Server) for SAP. Our colleague Josef Stelzel wrote a bookabout SAP on Windows (which you can see details about at http://www.sappress.com/product.cfm?account=&product=H2902). For SAP on SQL Server, you can find good resourcesat http://www.microsoft.com/isv/sap/technology/platform/sql.aspx.
Who This Book Is For
This book is written for developers who want to integrate SAP applications such as mySAPBusiness Suite or the SAP NetWeaver Portal into a Microsoft-based solution like MicrosoftOffice, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, or a Microsoft .NET–based solution. The samplesyou will find in the various chapters should give you a starting point for your own solutions,and they explain the integration between Microsoft and SAP in detail.
What This Book Is About
This book starts by giving you a short overview of the history between Microsoft and SAPand then follows with an overview of SAP and Microsoft. The discussion then moves intointegration scenarios, and the samples provided will enable you to start developing yourown solutions. Following is an overview of chapter content.
Chapter 1, “SAP: Company Overview, Development Tools, and Microsoft .NETInteroperability” Here you’ll find an overview of SAP, the product offering from SAP,and the development tools available for the SAP environment. We also give a briefoverview of the historical relationship between both companies.
Chapter 2, “Microsoft .NET Development Environment and Tools” The chapterintroduces the development environments offered by Microsoft that are used for thescenarios described in the book. You will find an overview of Microsoft Visual Studio,Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office, and the Microsoft BizTalk Server.
Chapter 3, “Connectivity Between Microsoft .NET and SAP” This chapter coversbasic integration scenarios between Microsoft and SAP, such as the SAP Connectorfor Microsoft .NET, Web service integration, the .NET Data Provider for NetWeaverBI, or the integration between Microsoft .NET and SAP Enterprise Services by usingthe Enterprise Service Explorer from SAP. Most of the scenarios described in the laterchapters are based on one of these integration techniques, and further integrationscenarios are based on the topics described here.
Chapter 4, “Microsoft Business Intelligence” In this chapter, you will find differentintegration scenarios and technologies that can be used to implement a Microsoft BIsolution for SAP.
Chapter 5, “Microsoft Office SharePoint Server: UI Integration” The integration ofthe SAP UI into SharePoint Server is covered in this chapter. You will find informationand samples of how to display an iView from the SAP NetWeaver Portal in MicrosoftOffice SharePoint Server Portal, as well as information about WSRP (Web Service forRemote Portlets), a standard that allows you to display iViews in Microsoft OfficeSharePoint Server Portal. The chapter also describes how to display BSP (BusinessServer Page) applications and Web Dynpro applications in the Microsoft OfficeSharePoint Server Portal.
Chapter 6, “SharePoint Business Data Catalog and SAP” With Microsoft OfficeSharePoint Server 2007, the Business Data Catalog was introduced. This chapterdescribes the use of the Business Data Catalog with SAP for displaying and searchingSAP content.
Chapter 7, “Office Business Applications” Duet, the first joint product from Microsoftand SAP, was introduced in 2005 and is likely the most well-known Office BusinessApplication. This chapter provides an overview of Duet as well as samples of how todevelop your own Office business applications.
Chapter 8, “Custom Development” In this chapter, we covered some typicalintegration scenarios, such as the use of Microsoft InfoPath, the portal DevelopmentKit for Microsoft .NET, and the integration of Microsoft Office Communication Serverinto the SAP NetWeaver portal.
Chapter 9, “Identity and Security Management” The chapter gives you an overviewof Identity Management in a Microsoft/SAP landscape and introduces various ways ofachieving a single sign-on solution between Microsoft and SAP.
And meet the book’s authors:
Juergen Daiberl is a Senior Technical Evangelist on theDeveloper and Platform Evangelism Team in Redmond,Washington. He has more than 10 years of industry experienceand has worked for Microsoft since 2005. Prior to hisrole in Redmond, he worked at the Collaboration TechnicalSupport Center (CTSC) in Walldorf, Germany, which is ajoint-staffed team between Microsoft and SAP. In his currentrole, he is responsible for the interoperability betweenMicrosoft .NET and SAP NetWeaver on the application level.Before joining Microsoft, Juergen worked as a SeniorConsultant and Architect in the EAI Space for Softlab (a BMWGroup Company) and for Compaq Professional Service.
Steve has worked in the IT industry for almost 15 years, 10 ofwhich has been spent with Microsoft and with technologiessuch as search, natural language, developer tools, andMicrosoft Office and SharePoint development. When notworking, Steve plays hockey, writes and reads, and watchesmovies.
Thomas Reimer works at Microsoft as a Regional BusinessDevelopment Manager in the EMEA SAP alliance team.Thomas joined Microsoft as an enterprise technology strategistin January 2007, focusing on service-oriented architecture,business process management, and SAP interoperability.Prior to joining Microsoft, Thomas held a management positionat Resco (Acando Group), a European systems integrator,where he was responsible for a consulting unit focusing onMicrosoft and SAP technologies. Thomas is based in Munich,Germany, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree.
We’re pretty sure you won’t find another book like this that’s not written in German. Use it and interoperate!
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I definitely recommend this book. It really helped me in my last project, focusing and giving examples using real life situations. The chance is high that you have a requirement which is covered in this book.
Thank you, Antonio, for your kind comments! We're glad the book is helping you.