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Enhancement Packages

TechTarget's Courtney Bjorlin highlights something readers of the ES wiki know: that enhancement package offerings are being extended across the business suite; for example, CRM 7.0 will feature hundreds of enterprise services. See "SAP enhancement packages are not just for ERP 6.0"

Among the most popular pages in the ES wiki are those on the Enhancement Packages that are used to release services related to SAP ERP 6.0. Now there is a wiki where you can learn more about this important topic: the SAP Enhancement Packages wiki.

Christian Oehler wrote a blog that introduces the enhancement package concept, with very nice graphics. See "Introducing SAP enhancement packages for SAP ERP".

BPX Scenario in Progress

A new BPX scenario has been launched where users can work together to improve a process for a fictional company. In his blog about the project, "Next Scenario of the BPX Community Project starting", Richard Hirsch mentions that one possibility is to build the implementation for the process using the Supplier Collaboration for the Supply Chain ES bundle. To find out more about the project, see the GRC and Invoicing Scenario wiki page. The implications for governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) are also being explored as part of this scenario.

Utilities Bundles

Jens Mett wrote an overview of the Bill to Cash ES bundle that covers the basics of what the bundle has to offer.

Healthcare Articles

From the Enterprise Services Community, Martin Burger writes a blog announcing a new product community definition group that is being launched for the Foundation for Collaborative Health Networks ES bundle.

Miguel Coelho, bundle owner for Foundation for Collaborative Health Networks, writes about something that the healthcare industry has been waiting for – official standard terminology. "Interoperability in Healthcare - Basic Terminology" discusses the release of a document from the Chicago-based National Alliance for Health Information Technology that describes official terminology for healthcare. Miguel excertps some key definitions right in his blog, including definitions of Electronic Health Record, Personal Health Record, and Electronic Medical Record.

"How to find & test Enterprise Services for Healthcare" by Bettina Lieske is the first in a series of posts that summarize the best and easiest way to enterprise services for the healthcare industry.

"Engineering a Business Process Platform for Healthcare Part 5 - How To Provide Value" by Claudius Metze discusses how collaboration is seen as key to a more sustainable healthcare system.

"Engineering a Business Process Platform for Healthcare Part 4 - Here's the beef" by Claudius Metze shows the wiki for Patient Administration.

CRM and Enterprise SOA

Martin Müller, CEO of Sybit GmbH, wrote an article about CRM for SAP INFO called "A 360-Degree View Brings New Drive to Customer Processes". The article shares a case study of how Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH (HBM), a German-based company that makes industrial measuring devices, use CRM daily to manage its base of approximately 170,000 contacts. (June 4, 2008)

"Effective, Agile, and Connective (Part 2)," by David Burdett, SAP Info, May 2008, explains how "ultimately the goal of enterprise SOA is composition of any service implemented on any technology by any business partner anywhere in the world."

CRM 7.0 features numerous ES bundles (the current count is 19). Timothy Faught tells us why service-enablement of CRM is so critical in his blog, "Enterprise SOA - An important piece of CRM's future". We look forward to linking some of the CRM ES bundles that will be coming out with CRM 7.0.

"Easy as Enterprise SOA - Servicing a Better Idea", by Eat Media founder Ian Alexander, highlights how the different standalone applications in enterprise SOA "work to provide insurance companies specialized solutions and services." (Sept. 5, 2007)

SAP ERP

Martin Reidel is the author of a series of blog posts titled "How to Tackle an Upgrade," which focus on how to do upgrades to SAP ERP 6.0. "How To Tackle an Upgrade (4): Implementing Strategic Enhancements" explains how SAP ERP 6.0 enables customers to install enhancement packages that include ES bundles. This blog post gives a great overview of what ES bundles have to offer.

"On Vacation at the Touch of a Button," by Dr. Andreas Schaffry, SAP Info, May 2007, shows how one pharmaceuticals manufacturer uses various SAP applications, including SAP ERP HCM, SAP Travel Management, SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM), SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM), and SAP GRC Global Trade Services applications, as well as the SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence (SAP NetWeaver BI) and SAP NetWeaver Exchange Infrastructure (SAP NetWeaver XI) components.

Widgets

"Enterprise Services and Widgets: A Recipe for Information Access" by Dan Woods provides inspirational reading about how widgets, supported by enterprise services, can provide new ways to access and update info in enterprise apps.

Extending Microsoft Outlook Using Enterprise Services

SAP Consulting developed an extension to MS Outlook that uses enterprise services from the Technical Document Management Connectivity ES bundle to transfer emails or even entire email folders into SAP Document Management System. "Taking IT Management Further with Enterprise Services - A Practical Example" was originally published in 2007 in ProductData Journal.

Important SOA Topic: Thinking about the Big Picture for Service Modeling

In the ES Wiki, we have bundles full of already designed, already modeled services that fit within a governance framework and that follow a standard taxonomy (ask any bundle owner about the PIC process and you'll know how seriously SAP takes these issues). But if you're going to design your own services as well, there are many larger issues you should think about. Sami Nas does a great job of outlining those issues in this blog, "FAQ on Service Modeling from the Customer Point of View."

How ES Bundles Fit Into the SAP Information Landscape

In "APO-DP Demand Planning: A Knowledge Management Example with SAP Tools & Documents" Sami Nas lists the various SAP information repositories, in which ES bundles play a part, and then takes the demand planning (APO-DP) module and explains how to combine the relevant information sources into a single knowledge pool.

Healthcare Blogs

"How to find & test Enterprise Services for Healthcare" by Bettina Lieske is the first in a series of posts that summarize the best and easiest way to enterprise services for the healthcare industry.

"Engineering a Business Process Platform for Healthcare Part 5 - How To Provide Value" by Claudius Metze discusses how collaboration is seen as key to a more sustainable healthcare system.

"Engineering a Business Process Platform for Healthcare Part 4 - Here's the beef" by Claudius Metze shows the wiki for Patient Administration.

ES Bundle Demos: Watch a Video

"Accelerated Business Process Enabling with Enterprise Services Bundles" by Volker Haentjes links to the ES Wiki and also provides a link to a video Volker made where he demonstrates how to, starting from Google, find out information about the ATP Check ES bundle. Great job, Volker! (Note: this parallels the demonstration that Volker did with Tesha Stone at TechEd in 2007.)

How to Search for and Test Services

Using a service from the Integration of Quality Management Systems ES bundle, Richard Hirsch takes you step by step through how to find a service, test it, and then integrate it into a Visual Composer application. His creative use of a recipe metaphor in "An Enterprise SOA Recipe: A Delicious Visual Composer Application with Developer Filling and BPX Crust" makes this memorable blog all the more interesting.

Getting an Education in enterprise SOA

This blog by Franklin Herbas, "An in-depth look at enterprise SOA," provides you with something of a 12-part course in enterprise SOA. If you're looking for a step-by-step education in this topic, this is a great place to start. In the final part, where he mentions how Franklin references Volker's video, which demonstrates the ATP Check ES bundle.

Introduction to ES Bundles

"Putting a Face on Enterprise Service-Oriented Architecture" by Dr. Andreas Schaffry, SAP Info, August 2007 This article is a great introduction to ES bundles overall and how they fit into SAP's enterprise SOA strategy.

Writing Composites in PHP

Frederic-Pascal Ahring wrote a four-part blog that uses the Customer Fact Sheet ES bundle as a starting point for developing a composite application. Here's the link to part I.