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Getting Started with Standards at SAP

From Product Standards to Industry Standards & Open Source, standards play a key role in all SAP Products.

Support of standards provides for a wide range of benefits to SAP, its customers and partners such as - interoperability between SAP and non-SAP applications and platforms, increased developer productivity and decreased learning curve, compliance with legal constraints, internationalization of and accessibility to applications.


The Technology Platform

SAP NetWeaver provides both fully service-enabled business processes (business content) and a comprehensive platform that provides for the provisioning, production, consumption and management of Web services. Standards that provide the foundation for openness and interoperability enable the basic underpinnings of SAP's business process platform. Within the technology platform there are categories of standards for Metadata Infrastructure, Messaging, Component Frameworks, and Foundation.

Languages for Defining Business Semantics

Since enterprise SOA adds business semantics to SOA, it concerns more than the technology platform. For example, interoperability for enterprise services certainly requires the support of the relevant Web services standards for describing services and exchanging messages in a reliable and secure manner. But it also requires common business languages that can be understood by all parties involved in the design, provisioning, composition, and consumption of enterprise services.


These languages can be used to create formal, machine-processable definitions of the information, processes, and services used by business. As such, they provide the "bridge" that that allows technology and business semantics to evolve independently of one another. They also allow expression of the business contract behind enterprise services in a manner that is complete and technology-independent. A rigorous specification of a contract provides the business integrity necessary for integrating applications and developing composite applications. Languages for defining business semantics include those for Process Definition, Service Definition, and Message Definition.

Business Semantics

Some business semantics are standardized to promote interoperability and reuse. These standardized business semantics take into account requirements from various markets, industries, and locales. By leveraging its 30+ years of experience in building business software that accommodates customers in various markets, SAP has been able to evolve these business semantics to provide on-going support and leadership in the development of business standards for specific vertical industries. Some of these industries include aerospace, agricultural, automotive, chemical, consumer goods, high technology, manufacturing, oil and gas, and mill products.

Standards Common Across the Business Process Platform

There are many standards that are common across the business process platform. These include support for standards that define management, security, policy, and ontology definition languages, as well as those for development.

SAP actively participates in and leads in the evolution of those industry standards important to the development and integration of business applications and services in its business process platform.

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