Dear Friends at the SAP Community Network,
it is my pleasure to have fulfilled one of this year's small personal goals and contributed to the
realisation of a new Category on the SCN, for everything NetWeaver Architecture and concerning
The new Category can be found here, SAP NetWeaver Architecture Category On the SAP SCN.
And it looks like this:
Why did we all work hard to get a new Category specifically, for NetWeaver Architecture
and Architects ?
A number of people have found it surprising and strange, that there are Categories and Spaces
on the SCN for nearly everything one can think of in the SAP world, apart from, NetWeaver
But, what is NetWeaver Architecture ?
Putting it into the perspective of a town, NetWeaver Architecture is the town building planning office.
NetWeaver Architecture decisions and plans for designs ensure in every company that the best
decisions for the SAP Landscapes all over the world are being taken.
We all know, if a town doesn't have strong leadership and control from the planning authority all kinds
of strange things can happen.
The same is true in SAP Landscapes.
Starting with SAP Landscape planning, and moving through the whole spectrum of SAP NetWeaver
Architecture related decisions, if there is not proper planning, and understanding and forward thinking
and subject matter expertise at the SAP and Enterprise Architecture levels then the result can often
become expensive to support and maintain.
The new SCN SAP NetWeaver Architecture Category, has been born out of desire amongst like
minded members of the SCN Community to have somewhere to discuss
Until now, there hasn't been somewhere on the SCN where Architects can call home, instead there
have been SAP NetWeaver Architecture discussions and documents spread all over the community,
difficult to find, and more importantly, stopping fluid communication amongst Architects.
One of the biggest goals of the new Category is to lead and encourage more engagement on the SCN
from Architects and anybody interested in the Architecture subjects.
With a Category to call home, all Discussions and Blogs and Documents will be in one place, making
it easier to find information, easier to contribute information and easier to engage with other like minded
Have any Architects ever wished that over a coffee in the morning they could scroll through ONLY the
latest Architecture Blogs and Discussions and Documents, well those prayers are answered and now
The NetWeaver Architecture Category can be found directly by clicking this link.
Or alternatively, Benny Schaich-Lebek one of our new best friends, has been so kind and given us a
link right in the middle taking pride of place on the NetWeaver Technology Space:
Getting into more details, what is the Role of the NetWeaver Architecture Category ?
. to provide a home for Architects and anybody interested in Architecture
. to consolidate Architecture subjects
. to motivate engagement and contribution
. to make Architecture more fluid on the SCN and less disparate
What is covered in the NetWeaver Architecture Space ?
This is still an open question, to narrow down what is Architecture and where the boundaries of
Architecture lie .
As the SAP NetWeaver Architecture is so new, and young, nothing is yet written in stone,
regarding rules of engagement and barries and dividing lines between other areas .
There is an ongoing Discussion over here to narrow down what the Architecture category should
cover and everybody is welcome to join this discussion and contribute and influence this direction.
Who should contribute and engage in the SCN NetWeaver Architecture Category ?
. SCN is about diversity and inclusion and the SCN Architecture Category is no different
. ABSOLUTELY EVERYBODY who is interested in Architecture is welcome and encouraged
to engage in Discussions and contribute with Questions, Answering Questions and writing
Blogs and Documents
. Everybody is welcome
. Remember, questions are as valuable as answers, questions encourage answers, and
everybody learns from the discussions around questions.
. Infact, Architecture, is one area, where it would be even more valuable to contribute deep
Architecture questions in the form of Blogs and benefitting from being able to present pictures
to help explain the question and using the Blog comments as the discussion around the
What is the RIGHT Architecture Answer ?
Something I find interesting with Architecture is there is never one black and white right answer
to an Architectural question.
This is because, Architecture decisions are influenced amongst other things by:
. short and long term strategy
. short and long term goals
. demand and it is often the case that what is right for one company is not right for another.
Therefore, in the NetWeaver Architecture Category Discussions and Blogs, there will not always be
definitive right or wrong answers, only explainations and discussions of strategies based upon all
kinds of outside pressures and decisions. And the more these areas are discussed and the knowledge
shared, so the easier it will be for everybody in the Architecture area and so all Architects will become
stronger by learning from each other.
How to Contribute and Engage in the NetWeaver Architecture Category ?
. 1, go to the NetWeaver Architecture Category
. 2, click create a Blog or Discussion
. 3, and most importantly, MAKE SURE to click the checkbox to tag your Contribution, Blog,
Discussion, Document as NetWeaver Architecture as shown in this picture:
What Next ?
. let's all engage and use the new Category
. if we're really lucky, one day we might get our own SPACE, how cool would that be ?
. everybody interested make your way to the What is Architecture Blog and let's hammer
What Would Be Nice To Have ?
. It would be really nice if we can build up some template foundation Architecture documents
like what we find in the NetWeaver Installation Master Guides, but more available to the wider
audience of the SCN
. helping people with foundation template Architecture decisions
. advice on common Architecture problems
To wrap up, everyone is welcome, the NetWeaver Architecture Category is about inclusion, and don't be shy,
because anybody who knows SAP or think they know SAP will know, there is never one right or wrong answer
for Architecture questions, there are always a whole load of factors at play, and the correct decision for any
company is the one which best fulfills all of their agreed priorities and goals.
Feel welcomed to use the comment section to give feedback on what you would like to see from the
the NetWeaver Architecture Category, and then go into the Category, feel included and engage and start
We cannot finish this introduction without thanking one of our new best friends, Mariana Mihaylova for all
of the guidance and support she gave in leading us to this interim destination.
All the best,
p.s. if you like the subject of this blog, don't click like, instead, go over to the Category and engage and