SAP NetWeaver is SAP’s integrated technology platform and is the technical foundation for all SAP applications since the SAP Business Suite. SAP NetWeaver is marketed as a service-oriented application and integration platform. SAP NetWeaver provides the development and runtime environment for SAP applications and can be used for custom development and integration with other applications and systems. SAP NetWeaver is built using open standards and industry de facto standards and can be extended with, and interoperate with, technologies such as Microsoft .NET, Oracle Java EE, and IBM WebSphere.
SAP NetWeaver’s release is considered as a strategic move by SAP for driving enterprises to run their business on a single, integrated platform that includes both applications and technology. Industry analysts refer to this type of integrated platform offering as an “applistructure” (applications + infrastructure). According to SAP, this approach is driven by industry’s need to lower IT costs through an enterprise architecture that is at once more flexible; better integrated with applications; built on open standards to ensure future interoperability and broad integration; and, provided by a vendor that is financially viable for the long term.
SAP is fostering relationships with system integrators and independent software vendors, many of the latter becoming “Powered by SAP NetWeaver“. SAP NetWeaver is part of SAP’s plan to transition to a more open, service-oriented architecture and to deliver the technical foundation of its applications on a single, integrated platform and common release cycle.
SAP announced first NetWeaver release, named Netweaver 2004, in January 2003, and it was made available on March 31, 2004. NetWeaver 7.0, aka 2004s, was made available on October 24, 2005.
The core products that make up SAP NetWeaver include:
• SAP NetWeaver Application Server
• SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence
• SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment (CE)
• SAP NetWeaver Enterprise Portal (EP)
• SAP NetWeaver Identity Management (IdM)
• SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management (MDM)
• SAP NetWeaver Mobile
• SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (PI)