After the demo jam competition on the evening of the first conference day – in which select teams had the chance to present especially creative software in connection with SAP – the second day of SAP TechEd Vienna was full of partner presentations and exhibitions.
Many SAP partners are presenting their products at small stands on the exhibition floor here at SAP TechEd, including Adobe, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun, and VMware. This gives attendees the opportunity to discuss specific technical topics without an appointment. Join the SAP.info editorial team as we tour the conference and introduce a number of products!
Conquer piles of files with interactive PDF forms
Electronic forms have become an integral part of everyday business. They frequently function as orders, travel expense reports, planning documents, and records in customer relationship management. In almost every modern organization, paper-based forms are long since passé. However, while HTML forms often see use on the Web or elsewhere online, such documents are difficult to print out and work with offline.
SAP Interactive Forms makes it possible to connect business processes directly with Web applications through PDF documents. As soon as a user edits an interactive PDF form and sends it back to the SAP application, the system automatically copies over the XML data.
Adobe Forms has been available since the release of SAP NetWeaver 6.4 in 2003. The latest release, P3C, has been on the market since 2008; it requires Adobe Reader 7.08 or later and supports SAP NetWeaver 7.01 and 7.1 PI and CE. The upcoming version P4C will only be available for use with the new SAP NetWeaver 7.1 PI and CE. According to statements from Adobe, the SAP software’s GUI has been integrated.
Alloy: Access SAP through Lotus Notes
Alloy aims to facilitate easy access to ERP, BI, and other business reports. According to information presented at SAP TechEd, configuring the solution is a snap: The SAP back end requires an estimated 15 minutes, the settings for IBM Lotus Domino Server just five minutes, and adjustment of the SAP Alloy add-ons another 10 minutes.
Two worlds of software – IBM and SAP – can be unified with the Alloy platform. On the IBM side, this mainly involves e-mail, calendar functions, and business applications that employees use from the desktop. According to the solution’s presenter, Alloy combines the advantages of SAP Business Suite and IBM Lotus Notes; for more, please refer to our article on IBM and SAP developing new software. Finally, users can access company data in SAP software through the user interface of IBM Lotus Notes.