Finally it’s there –
more intuitive and powerful than ever before! SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3 marks our brand new go-to release and serves as thebasis for further upcoming product enhancements. After an exciting ramp-up phase, SAP NetWeaver 7.3 has been made generally available onMay 30, 2011. If you plan to start a portal project soon, you should read this blog about the lessons learned from the ramp-up to get valuable tipsand tricks.What are the key takeaways from the ramp-up?
Very smooth ramp-up with active participants and relatively small number of reported issues
Quality and stability of this mature and enterprise-ready portal release have been rated pretty positive by participants
Upgrade projects and in particular the migration of custom applications require special attention and preparation
Business Packages are available for release “Business Suite 7” and “Business Suite 7 Innovations 2010”
Enterprise Workspaces on top of Portal 7.3 planned to be available with Enterprise Workspaces 1.1 SP1
Let’s have a look at the variou
s topics in detail:
1. SAP’s smoothest portal ramp
During the six month evaluation period, the back office team supported more than 50 active customer projects with product information, how-toguides and recommendations. In addition partners started to evaluate the product and made their add-on solutions available on the new release.All in all it was a very successful and smooth ramp-up phase with a lot of positive customer feedback on product quality and stability. The firstcustomers went already live and use their portal productively; many further projects will follow with scheduled go-live date in second half of 2011. Do you plan to follow them?
2. Preparing your Portal 7.3 project
There have been huge improvements in the java platform and its tools. With SAP NetWeaver 7.3 we consolidated the former products SAPNetWeaver and Composition Environment into one unified major release. As a consequence customer can enjoy the best of both worlds and getmore flexibility with new usage types. Please prepare carefully before you start with the project
especially customers coming from Portal 7.0.The new architecture and available business scenarios are documented in the Master Guide and the central SAP notes 1407532, 1407472,
3. Checking the Platform Availability
In order to take full advantage of modern server platforms SAP NetWeaver 7.3 runs on 64 bit platforms only. Details about supported operatingsystem / database combinations are maintained in the central Platform Availability Matrix(http://service.sap.com/PAM). Please note that some
outdated operating system releases have been removed from the list (e.g. Win 2003). On the client side SAP is supports newer browser versionssuch as Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4.0 and Safari 4. Check the Browser Support for SAP section on SDN for further details.
4. Planning your portal landscape