Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Wednesday, July 09
Time: 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Location: Salon I
SAP's enterprise-wide application software has traditionally provided
wall-to-wall support for integrated business processes. The issues have
not been with the software, the issues have been with the *walls*.
Over the years, SAP's R/3 system has progressed from a monolith, with
sheer sides and no visible means of (data) entry and exit, to it's
position today as the sun in a business application solar system, with
non-SAP software orbiting and interacting in many ways.
This talk looks at what you can do to extend and embrace business data
and functions in SAP R/3 using open source and open protocols.
We look at using RFCs (remote function calls) - the rockbed of SAP
interfacing even today - from and to different languages (Perl, Python,
Ruby). For this, we use the CPAN modules SAP::Rfc, SAP::BC:XMLRFC, and
SOAP::Lite. We also look at the SAP Business Connector and the SAP Web
Application Server, and show you, the desperate open source hacker, the
sorts of things you can do to integrate R/3 with your own applications.
For added spice, we look at R/3 data in a REST context, SOAP and RFC-XML
calls, and even RSS/RDF!
Learn how to find the doors into the wall-to-wall framework, and have
fun doing it. Live demos too!