Static or Dynamic Data Management.. SAP NetWeaver CE has the answer
Authors: Ranjeet Kumar Jha and Amit Gupta
SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment (CE) has capability to design dynamic user interfaces that can suit various business needs. The benefit of using the dynamic user interfaces is that they can provide an easily scalable solution without needing constant development to meet varying business requirements of interaction with data that differs based upon markets/ geographies/ product lines/ divisions in an organization.
Through our trilogy of blogs we would like to share our experience around the business case and solution approach involving dynamic user interfaces.
This piece of blog talks about the business needs and scenarios behind efficient data management through user interfaces and the choice of SAP NetWeaver CE.
Business Needs / Scenarios
Let us spare a thought for a few business scenarios mentioned below. These are just example scenarios and are true for any type of industry.
o An Oilfield services organization needs to capture well-site parameters related to Drilling/ Evaluation/ Logging/ Completions depending upon the business segment
o A CPG organization needs to manage various views of master data (SKUs, Customers etc) viz. accounting, logistics, sales, purchasing etc. across product lines
o A Retail company needs to manage its pricing i.e updating pricing records at various pricing levels across divisions/product lines
Been there.. seen that, isn't it? There might be many more similar scenarios. We would like to know from you.
Digging deeper into the business scenarios will help in understanding the key business requirements that are not so straightforward to meet using static user interfaces. These business requirements can leave the interface designers pondering for innovative solutions.
o Different markets/divisions in an organization need to work with separate sets of data elements that are still part of same data hierarchy/structure but differ based upon Markets/Geographies and/or Product Lines/Divisions.
o Need for a consistent solution (an excel/file based solution for capturing such data may seem to be out of place in a UI driven solution)
o Ability to define data elements and their labels/descriptions per different business needs
o Ability to render newly added data elements seamlessly without needing a lot of development
o Ability to deploy the solution to multiple markets/product lines quickly
Challenge to the solution team is to be able to simplify interface design such that it is scalable and deployable with minimal development irrespective of the variations in the business requirements as highlighted above.
Why SAP CE
SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment allows designing intuitive web interfaces while enabling collaboration and close integration of SAP as well as Third party apps, legacy systems and disparate databases. Numerous organizations across industry verticals have tried to take advantage of the NetWeaver platform in project areas varying from Master data management, Quote to cash applications, Enterprise workspaces, Workflow management etc. leading to harmonized processes, improvement in business performance and efficient user experience. The trick is to be able to use the framework that meets the business requirements and scenarios mentioned above in an innovative manner.
In the subsequent parts of the blog, we will discuss the Functional solution approach and eventually the Technical solution and architecture for designing a dynamic user interface that meets these business requirements. In the meanwhile let us know your valuable feedback on our thought process.