The SAP NetWeaver Portal offers a state-of-the-art portal solution. However, to make a portal useful to all the people it seeks to serve, it must not only provide general portal capabilities, but also content designed specifically to serve users in various industries and business areas.
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.
Business Packages by SAP
Information regarding the most recent existing business packages (e.g. for ERP starting with SAP ERP 6.0) can be found here.
In general the business packages are downloadable and installable via SAP Solution Manager (SMP Login required). In exceptional cases the business packages can also be downloaded from the Service Marketplace (SMP Login required, "Support Packages and Patches- Support Packages and Patches - Entry by Application Group - SAP Content - EP Content (Business Packages)")directly without SAP Solution Manager. For more information on how to install portal content, have a look on SMP at the respective Master Guide for Installation, e.g. Master Guide SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (SMP Login required).
Business Packages by Other Vendors
The SAP Partner Directory features a wide range of business packages developed by partners, covering most industries and all areas of business.
According to SAP‘s release strategy, the recently released technology innovation of SAP NetWeaver 7.3 has been adopted by and released for SAP Business Suite Java applications.
TCO reduction for ERP Customers: With the Business Suite 7 i2010 the role based access to ERP applications can be simplified through the usage of SAP Netweaver Business Client. With the delivery of SAP ERP 6.0 Enhancement Package 5 almost all Business Packages (Portal Content) will be available as application roles (pfcg) for consumption.
Have you ever wondered how SAP’s Portal Content does look like? After several requests from the SDN community we have put together some screenshots and videos
For general information about portal, please refer to the SAP Netweaver Portal Technology page. If you would like to learn how to develop your own portal applications, please have a look at the Portal Development Page on SDN. Visual Composer is the visual modeling tool for creating iViews without coding.