Chapter 7. Bringing Services to Life with SAP NetWeaver

In This Chapter

  • Understanding services and the service repository

  • Looking over WSDL, the language of services

  • Taking a modeling approach to development

  • Understanding patterns and frameworks

  • Exploring modeling tools

Two big goals of enterprise computing today are to reduce the cost of your standard business processes and to enable you to launch business innovations with a lower investment. To do that, you have to find a bridge from technology to business strategy. That's where SAP NetWeaver comes in.

SAP NetWeaver is the technological underpinning of mySAP ERP.

Understanding exactly how SAP NetWeaver allows you to model business processes and define services that get your work done is important to your understanding of the potential of ERP.

In this chapter, you read all about how services are stored, organized, named, and assembled into solutions. You also discover some of the techie aspects of creating services, namely something called Web Service Description Language (WSDL), which is the language used to build services. Finally, we explore an approach to applications development called modeling.

Working with Services

As you may have gathered by now, ESA-enabled ERP is all about services. In the following sections, we dig into the concept of where your local services are "kept." Services are not just kept in your own enterprise system; services are universal. If you want to find a service offered by someone else (such as a business partner ...

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