The portal offers a single point of access to SAP and non-SAP information sources, enterprise applications, information repositories, databases and services in and outside your organization—all integrated into a single user experience. It provides you the tools to manage and analyze this knowledge, and to share and collaborate on the basis of it.
With its role-based content, and personalization features, the portal enables users—from employees and customers to partners and suppliers—to focus exclusively on data relevant to daily decision-making processes.
Managing Portal Content
The Web-based environment of the portal provides the business users in your organization secure access to a wide array of applications, information, and services, such as ERP, analytics, business intelligence, and document repositories. The single sign-on (SSO) capabilities of the portal, its unified environment, and its role-based content delivery, provide users with the tools they need to perform their daily tasks.To make all this content available is mainly the task of a Content Administrator.
Portal System Landscape, Performance, Transport and Permissions
The management of the system landscapes, the portal transport and of the permissions belong to the tasks of a portal system administrator.
The Portal system landscape is a collection of systems - the portal objects that represent external, or back-end applications or Web services - and the tools needed for managing them.
The portal uses systems to connect to the applications and retrieve data from them to display in portal iViews. Since SAP NetWeaver 7.0 SPS 13, a portal system administrator can also use the enhanced mechanisms of the Change and Transport System (CTS+) of the ABAP Stack to transport Portal objects.
Using the Portal permissions the administrator can define user access rights to objects in the Using the Portal Catalog, which includes the Portal Content Directory (PCD) and the GPAL Repositories.
Adjusting the Look and Feel of the Portal
The portal provides a lot of possibilities to adapt the style and the navigation to the needs of your company. On this page, you can find information and links on how this can be done, both from an administrator's and from a developer's point of view.
When talking about Look & Feel, there are three key tools that help you with adapting it:
- Theme Editor: Enables you to modify the stylesheets for the portal.
- Navigation iViews: Enables you to modify how the navigation links are displayed.
- Page Layouts: Enables you to create new ways for laying out iViews on a page.
Integrating Business Packages
SAP provides such pre-assembled content bundled as business packages for completing business tasks. In essence, the business packages provide out-of-the-box portal applications that can be easily modified to suit a customer's needs.
Content Sharing in SAP NetWeaver Portal
A federated portal network (FPN) allows organizations with multiple portals, SAP and non-SAP, to share content between the portals. By sharing content between portals, organizations can provide users at each location with a single portal access point. From each portal configured as an access point, the users are able to access information, services and applications distributed on portals throughout the entire organizational network.
Developing for SAP NetWeaver Portal
Developers can build their own portal components for displaying custom content, as well as portal services for providing custom processing. These custom components and services can make use of dozens of built-in portal services, such as for creating navigation links, transforming XML content or scripting client-side eventing.
As a prerequisite, the developer should have a basic knowledge about HTML, Java and servlet programming, JSP (Java Server Pages) and basic operating system commands for navigating in the file system, copying and editing files
Best Practices for Portal Implementation Projects
SAP NetWeaver Portal offers a stable and flexible platform for running multiple, business-critical business scenarios.
On this page you find a summary of SAP's experience from various projects of different industry and scale and some best practices for different phases of a portal implemententation project.