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General FAQs


What is Duet Enterprise?
Who are the target customers for Duet Enterprise?
What are the capabilities of Duet Enterprise?
How will customers benefit from this new product?
How will end users benefit from this new product?
What are the Tools utilized by Duet Enterprise?
How does Duet Enterprise fit into the overall SAP-Microsoft relationship?
Where can I gain additional information on Duet Enterprise?
I would like to partner to sell services related to Duet Enterprise or to develop solutions on Duet Enterprise. Who should I contact?
Can I partner with both SAP and Microsoft for Services & Solutions related to Duet Enterprise?

Technical FAQs


How do I get started?
What is the Service Consumption Layer of the Duet Enterprise Landscape?
Are additional tools / components recommended for application development in Duet Enterprise 1.0?
What authentication methods are supported?
How does Duet Enterprise on Sharepoint connect to the SAP part of the system landscape?

General FAQs


What is Duet Enterprise?
Duet® Enterprise, a product developed jointly by SAP and Microsoft, will help IT serve the business more effectively and enable users to boost their personal and their team’s productivity. The software is planned to provide the foundation for technical interoperability between SAP applications and Microsoft SharePoint as well as tools and business content to rapidly compose solutions blending process and collaborative work. Duet Enterprise will provide ready-to-use capabilities with quick time to value for people to interact with and collaborate around SAP information, participate in SAP workflows, access SAP reports, and use SharePoint ‘MySite’ enriched with human resources information from SAP applications. Visit the Duet Enterprise Youtube Channel for more information: Duet Enterprise Youtube Channel


Who are the target customers for Duet Enterprise?
Organizations who run SAP applications and are utilizing Microsoft SharePoint can realize significant value with Duet Enterprise. Top


What are the capabilities of Duet Enterprise?
Duet Enterprise plans to provide the following capabilities:

- Foundation for the interoperability between SAP and Microsoft SharePoint. Key focus areas are: system management, single sign on, authorization and user management, life cycle management, data models mapping, traceability and supportability.
- Tools and Business Content to compose solutions that blend the worlds of process and collaboration. Duet Enterprise takes advantage of the respective tools of Microsoft and SAP to reduce IT training. These tools are enriched to support an end-to-end solution development between SAP and Microsoft. In order to accelerate development of Duet Enterprise composites, configurable templates and building blocks will be delivered.
- Ready-to-Use capabilities with quick time to value for users for people to interact with and collaborate around SAP information, participate in SAP workflows, access SAP reports, and browse SharePoint ‘MySite’ profile enriched with HR information from SAP applications.
Duet Enterprise utilizes the Microsoft SharePoint capability to extend to Microsoft Office and Mobile. Top


How will customers benefit from this new product?
Many customers have already invested in SAP and Microsoft SharePoint and Office and are looking to generate more value from those investments while increasing IT efficiency. Duet Enterprise increases the reach of SAP to more users and expands the scope of SharePoint to drive incremental business value for these customers. Duet Enterprise is a highly efficient interoperability solution as it utilizes the SAP NetWeaver and Microsoft SharePoint 2010 platforms enabling customers to reuse existing IT skills, systems and development tools. Duet enterprise reduces the barrier to creating solutions that blend SAP and SharePoint 2010 and helps IT to address business needs in a timely and effective manner. Moreover, Duet Enterprise can be used to enable business units to create solutions in their SharePoint environment while keeping IT control and governance of SAP applications. Top


How will end users benefit from this new product?
Employees expect business solutions to be delivered in familiar environments, to be intuitive and hide complexities. They also have a growing need to enable team collaboration, gain business insight and drive business results. Microsoft SharePoint and Office have been widely adopted as end user work environments while SAP applications run their business critical processes. Duet Enterprise blends SAP with Microsoft SharePoint and Office 2010 combining collaboration and productivity with business data and processes. Business users can benefit from a unified and simplified access to the data and actions they need and as a result, increase their personal and team productivity. Duet Enterprise delivers ready-to-use capabilities with quick time to value for users to collaborate around SAP data, participate in SAP workflows, access SAP reports, and browse SharePoint ‘MySite’ profile enriched with HR information from SAP applications. Top


What are the Tools utilized by Duet Enterprise?
Duet Enterprise follows an architecture design utilizing the respective tools of Microsoft and SAP to minimize IT training and reuse the existing customer skill set. These tools are enriched with generator and add-ons to optimize interoperability and support an end-to-end solution development between Microsoft and SAP. For the composition of solution, for example, declarative tools, such as SharePoint designer, for the Business Analyst , Visual studio for the professional .NET developer and ABAP workbench for the SAP professional developer. Duet Enterprise significantly lowers the barrier for composing solution based on SAP and SharePoint and provides templates and building blocks to accelerate the development of Duet Enterprise solutions. Duet Enterprise provides end-to-end management supportability leveraging the standard tools of the respective platforms: System Center (SCOM) from Microsoft and Solution Manager from SAP. Top


How does Duet Enterprise fit into the overall SAP-Microsoft relationship?
The new joint product from SAP and Microsoft underscores the companies' continued commitment to their partnership, ensuring that the customers of both organizations continue to benefit from the relationship and realize extended value. Top


Where can I gain additional information on Duet Enterprise?
Contact your SAP or MSFT account manager or account teams. Additional information is also available by visiting SDN , sap.com/duetenterprise , microsoft.com/duet or duet.com . Top


I would like to partner to sell services related to Duet Enterprise or to develop solutions on Duet Enterprise. Who should I contact?
SAP and Microsoft have Duet Enterprise partner programs to enable partners to sell and service Duet Enterprise. For further information about the Duet partner program please refer to:

Microsoft Partner Site: https://partner.microsoft.com/duet
SAP: https://service.sap.com/partnerportal
Microsoft: www.microsoft.com/duet
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Can I partner with both SAP and Microsoft for Services & Solutions related to Duet Enterprise?
Yes, to provide optimal support for partners both companies enable the program through their existing partner programs. Top

Technical FAQs


How do I get started?
Documentation can be found on the Service Marketplace (http://service.sap.com/instguides -> SAP NetWeaver 7.0 and  http://service.sap.com/instguides -> SAP Business Suite Applications -> Duet Enterprise -> Feature Pack for Duet Enterprise 1.0.  The best place to start is the SAP Master Guide which will guide you through available documentation. Information on accessing the Duet Enterprise 1.0 bits can be found here: Duet Enterprise Feature pack 1 - now general available

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What is the Service Consumption Layer of the Duet Enterprise Landscape?
The Service Consumption Layer (SCL) is a framework that connects business users to SAP systems. The SCL is used by Duet Enterprise as a gateway into SAP Backend systems. Top


Are additional tools / components recommended for application development in Duet Enterprise 1.0?
An ESR System is recommended during design time only. Enterprise Services Repository (ESR) can be either SAP Process Integration (PI) 7.1+ or NetWeaver Composition Environment (CE) 7.1+. It provides an integrated modeling environment for defining enterprise services, data types, and other design objects for SOA-based business processes. Top


What authentication methods are supported?

The integrated authentication architecture of Duet Enterprise is implemented by using claims-based authentication together with Windows authentication. Other authentication methods are possible but only Claims authentication supports the use of SAP roles to secure objects in SharePoint. For this reason, Claims authentication is the recommended authentication method in Duet Enterprise.

Important: Forms based authentication is not supported in this version of Duet Enterprise.

For other security considerations, please refer to the Duet Enterprise SAP Security Guide and Duet Enterprise Planning Guides which can be found at http://service.sap.com/instguides under SAP Business Suite Applications -> Duet Enterprise.

For more information, refer to the Plan security for Duet Enterprise article on TechNet. Top


How does Duet Enterprise on Sharepoint connect to the SAP part of the system landscape?
Duet Enterprise utilizes the SharePoint Business Data Connectivity (BDC) framework to connect to the SAP part of the system landscape. You can find more information on MSDN. Top


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