For recent projects being formulated by SAP customers, we would come across the requirement for a SAP Architect or a SAP NetWeaver Architect or SAP Enterprise Architect to be a key member for these projects. As customers are stabilizing on their core SAP ERP / SAP ECC systems, they are now deploying more SAP solutions such as SAP CRM and SAP SRM, and integrating with their enterprise systems for these new initiatives. The complexity of the new solution architecture, technologies and SAP skills requires a SAP Architect to validate the cross platform design and development approach. The SAP Architect (called by other titles such as SAP Solution Architect, SAP Enterprise Architect, SAP Technical Architect) is the expert to provide the integration approach and bring various development teams together on a common ground.
At Apprisia, we are providing SAP enterprise architecture services to provide practical solutions using the existing IT investments of the SAP customer. A typical SAP customer would standardize on the SAP platform for core business operations, and an additional one such as Microsoft or J2EE or Mainframes for custom applications. At Apprisia, we guide our customers to provide a cost effective and a durable architecture which allows all IT platforms to evolve/upgrade without adversely affecting other connected SAP or non-SAP applications.
Today’s Project Challenges
Post the 2008 economic dip, customers are planning for projects that provide actionable benefits:
- Mobility and mobile SAP data access using Microsoft and Sybase Unwired platform
- Reporting and data warehousing using SAP Business Objects
- SAP data access to more stakeholders such as customers(SAP CRM B2B) and suppliers (SAP SRM SUS, SAP SCM supplier collaboration)
- Security issues for SAP data access by external users (SAP Portal, SAP CE, SAP web dispatcher, SAP Gateway)
- Non-SAP systems contributing data in a single business process (SAP BPM, SAP BRM)
- Flexibility and lower SAP consulting costs for ongoing maintenance SAP offsite development services
Considering the above list of a wide variety of projects involving multiple SAP technologies and skillsets, we need the technical supervision and guidance of the SAP Architect to set the correct approach.
The SAP Architect would have the following profile:
- Multiple years of consulting experience across varied customers and industries
- Deep understanding of SAP products and competencies related to UI development, workflows, BPM, datawarehousing, reporting and BASIS
- Usage of non-SAP products and technologies in the areas of Portal, Data warehousing, ETL, Mobility, Integration middleware
- Development experience using Microsoft tools and J2EE toolset/application servers
- Deep understanding of the network components and network security
- Business understanding of the supply chain and logistics processes
The involvement of the SAP Architect (even at a part time basis: say, 4 hours per week) would ensure the following:
- Correct solution architecture and usage of the various SAP tools
- Guidance on high level design on usage of SAP NetWeaver and integration with backend SAP and non-SAP systems
- Reduce project risk through accurate effort estimations and team skills
In case you need assistance on SAP Architecture, please contact us. Please send us your questions, comments or assistance request, and our team would be glad to assist you.
By Sareeka Bangar (on behalf of SAP Consulting Team)
SAP :: Streamlined
We offer variety of services including SAP ECC ,SAP HR,SAP BW,SAP CRM, SAP SCM,SAP BPM, Business Objects, SAP ABAP Development, SAP BASIS and SAP NetWeaver consulting. We have expertise in providing implementation,development, SAP Migration and SAP support services to SAP customers across diverse industries at a global level.
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