SAP products viz. Business Intelligence (SAP BW), Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM), Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM), Business Objects (SAP BO), SAP Portal (ESS/MSS) and others were either already web based or later made web enabled. Many times, ECC customers are faced with a common question – How to access SAP anytime anywhere from a browser, without installing anything on the workstation?  ITS, BSP, Webdynpros, Web service, Java/NET Connector etc are some of the options SAP Netweaver provides as a development technology and runtime environment for SAP applications, either standard or custom, so that they can be accessed via a browser.

In this blog, I provide the basic understanding on the various options available for web enabling SAP i.e. how to work in SAP using a browser, instead of conventional SAPGUI. This blog is a part of 6 blog series and here we will discuss the 1st option.  The contents of this blog are based upon my understanding and experience, and are written keeping in mind web enabling the classic R/3 package of SAP, better known as SAP ECC.

Options for web enabling are:

  1. ITS – Internet Transaction Server
  2. BSP – Business Server Pages
  3. ABAP WebDynpro
  4. Java WebDynpro
  5. ASP/JSP/.NET /Pearl/Other Web development technology
  6. Creating a web service inside SAP

Let us briefly try to understand the 1st option:

ITSInternet Transaction Server:
ITS is a standard feature available in SAP ECC where we can login to SAP using a browser, instead of SAPGUI. The look and feel of the screens is almost the same as in SAPGUI, the only difference is that the screen contents are visible in a browser. There is no additional development required for this. There are few basis settings to be done in transaction SICF which will enable this functionality.

Pros:

  • No additional development is required. Almost all standard transactions and reports can be displayed in a browser.

Cons:

  • The look of the screens is same as SAPGUI, however the feel is different; the ease of operations is more in SAPGUI as compared to working in the browser.

Please send us your questions, comments or assistance, and our team would be glad to assist you.

By Mahesh Janugade  (on behalf of SAP Consulting Team)


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