Collaboration

Purpose

With the collaboration capabilities, SAP NetWeaver allows communication and collaboration in the portal. This allows SAP NetWeaver to bring together members of project groups regardless of time and of their geographic location. Users can use virtual rooms for common access and organization of documents, applications, and ideas.

Integration

Like the Portal, Knowledge Management, and Guided Procedures, Collaboration is part of the SAP NetWeaver usage type EP (Enterprise Portal). Applications in other SAP NetWeaver usage types, for example, BI (Business Intelligence) can be linked to Collaboration.

The entire functional scope and configuration of the Collaboration capabilities are available in portal iViews.

The graphic below depicts the positioning of the Collaboration capabilities in the SAP NetWeaver context and provides an overview of the Collaboration functions.

Collaboration Capabilities in the Context of SAP NetWeaver

Features

Collaboration includes the following functions:

Function

Description

Making Services Available

You can configure how the system makes services available for collaboration. You can make services available in the following applications:

·        In the Collaboration Launch Pad, which allows central access to contacts and services in the portal header

·        In the member list of rooms

·        In the context menu for user names

·        In the User Details iView

Virtual Rooms

Based on predefined templates, you can create virtual rooms for collaboration within teams and project groups. A room allows the members access to shared data and services independent of their location.

Groupware Integration

For collaboration in the portal, you can integrate the e-mail and scheduling services (Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino) used in your company.

Asynchronous Collaboration

For asynchronous collaboration, the following functions are available:

·        Online discussions

·        Online management of tasks, sessions, and documents

·        Online entry of feedback, ratings, and comments

Real-Time Collaboration

For real-time collaboration, the following functions are available:

·        Interactive online access to applications (application sharing)

·        interactive online exchange of information (instant messaging)

Integration of Third-Party Services

In addition to the services provided by SAP for real-time collaboration; you can also integrate third-party services, for example, WebEx, in the portal.

See also:

Portal

Knowledge Management

SAP Business Information Warehouse