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O'Reilly Open Source Convention
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Session

Integrating SAP R/3 and Open Source Software and Open Protocols
Piers Harding
DJ Adams

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!



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