Usage types EP Core (EPC) and Enterprise Portal (EP) bring SAP NetWeaver and applications running in it to the user in a uniform and consistent manner. They also provide the tools to manage this knowledge, to analyze and interrelate it, and to share and collaborate on the basis of it.
This section discusses the security aspects you need to consider for the key capabilities of usage type EP Core and EP.
Usage type EPC provides the basic portal capabilities of SAP NetWeaver, and provides more flexibility when implementing a portal where the full enterprise portal capabilities are not needed.
· Portal: Offers a single point of access in a Web-based interface to SAP and non-SAP information sources, enterprise applications, information repositories, databases and services across organizational and technical boundaries—all integrated into a single user experience.
If you are using a scenario that requires usage type EP, the administration information provided in the entire EPC (EP Core) and EP (Enterprise Portal) section is relevant to you.
Usage type EPC is a prerequisite for using the portal add-on capabilities provided by usage type EP.
The following portal capabilities are tightly integrated into usage type EP:
· Knowledge Management (KM): Allows portal users to distribute, access, and manage unstructured information within an organization through a heterogeneous repository landscape. Capabilities include collaborative document authoring and publishing, version management, search and navigation through taxonomies, automated classification and subscription, and more.
· Collaboration:Brings users, information, and applications together to ensure successful cooperation and interaction in the portal. These tools include collaboration rooms, instant messaging, e-mail, and calendar integration.
· Visual Composer: A powerful modeling tool that facilitates the creation of content on top of the SAP NetWeaver platform, enabling model-driven application development via a visual user interface rather than manually writing code.
· Guided Procedures (GP): Offers a framework allowing business expert to create reusable components and model people-centric business workflows with them. At runtime, business users can initiate a process from a process template, and follow its execution until completion. It helps end users to understand their work contexts better by clearly defining their individual tasks, at the same time providing them with different views on the overall workflows, and enabling them to effectively contribute to collaborative processes using groupware functions, such as offline interactive forms and ad-hoc process steps.
· Universal Worklist: Any task, be it workflow, event resolution or otherwise, can be broken into smaller subtasks on a task-by-task basis.
See Universal Worklist.
· PDK for .NET: A set of tools that enables Microsoft .NET developers to build portal content for SAP NetWeaver Portal. Using PDK for .NET allow organizations to leverage their existing investments in the .NET technology and developers’ skills, as well as to take advantage of the SAP NetWeaver technology.