This technology enables users to access and interact with business processes, and information in SAP applications by using SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition and Microsoft Office® 2010.
Duet Enterprise is built on two well-known platforms: SAP Netweaver and Microsoft SharePoint. Duet Enterprise does not bring any new platform into the market. Instead of that, Duet Enterprise leverages existing platforms and unifies already existing services around security, supportability and manageability. This enables IT organizations to rationalize their IT architecture and to decrease the time required for implementation.
Duet Enterprise consists of two Add-ons sitting on top of the two platforms. The Duet Enterprise SAP Add-on is running on top of SAP Netweaver 7.02 ABAP while the Duet Enterprise SharePoint Add-on is running on top of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition.
In the SAP environment, the Duet Enterprise SAP Add-on provides services for enabling the interoperability between SAP business applications and Microsoft SharePoint and Office. The Duet Enterprise SAP Add-on relies on SAP components in an SAP NetWeaver 7.02 server that is able to access any generation of SAP applications from SAP R/3 to the latest versions of SAP systems. The Duet Enterprise SAP Add-on provides ready-to-use business content, features and services around Duet Enterprise Workflow and Duet Enterprise Reporting. It also includes some basic services around content publishing, data caching, system routing and role provision.
On Microsoft Side, the Duet Enterprise SharePoint Add-on is running on top of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. There are multiple SharePoint server components Duet Enterprise is leveraging like the Business Connectivity Services (BCS), Enterprise Content Management and SharePoint Workflow. The Business Connectivity Services are a set of services and features that provide a way to connect SharePoint solutions to sources of external data. In Duet Enterprise, BCS is used heavily to bring SAP data into SharePoint. The Duet Enterprise SharePoint Add-on contains Duet Enterprise specific components like Duet Enterprise site templates and features around Duet Enterprise Workflow, Duet Enterprise Reporting and Collaboration.
On client side, users can get access to Duet Enterprise solutions via the Browser, directly from the well knows user interface of Microsoft Office 2010 or from their mobile device. For the rich client experience based on Office 2010 no specific client framework installation is required. Duet Enterprise leverages standard functionality provided by Office 2010 Pro Plus to run Office based client applications.
Ready to Use Capabilities
By providing a set of ready-to-use capabilities, customers will be able to get value out of Duet Enterprise immediately. Duet Enterprise delivers ready-to-use capabilities with quick time to value for users to collaborate around SAP information, participate in SAP workflows, access SAP reports, explore HR information and interact with SAP information directly from the well knows user interface of Microsoft SharePoint and Office.
Duet Enterprise Composites
Duet Enterprise enables IT organizations and partners to compose new solutions that blend SAP data and processes with Microsoft SharePoint content and collaboration. These so called Duet Enterprise Composites are solutions running on top of the Duet Enterprise foundation. Duet Enterprise Composites can be built by SAP and Microsoft, the partner eco system and customers IT organizations. Microsoft and SAP will provide sites, templates and building blocks to get access to SAP information from SharePoint to speed up the development of new composites. Customers and partners developing Duet Enterprise Composites can leverage existing standard tools having millions of developers in place, like SharePoint Designer, Visual Studio and the well know ABAP Workbench.
Nice stuff. Is there any ramp-up guide? Like a guide for installing a minimal SAP environment required to make Duet work? (I assume most people reading this know the SharePoint part.) Thanks.
Why does Duet require Enterprise edition of SharePoint?
Hi Pam, As you know the main purpose of Duet is Integration between SAP and SharePoint. SharePoint BCS which is an enterprise feature of SharePoint, is extensively being used for Integration. Hence SharePoint Enterprise edition is required. Thanks