What’s New in ABAP 7.02 and 7.03 – Part 3

Tony CecchiniAnthony Cecchini is the President of Information Technology Partners (ITP), an SAP consulting company  headquartered in Pennsylvania. ITP offers comprehensive planning, resource allocation,  implementation, upgrade, and training assistance to   companies. Anthony has over 17 years of  experience in SAP R/3 business process analysis and SAP systems integration. His  areas of expertise  include SAP NetWeaver integration; ALE development; RFC, BAPI, IDoc, Dialog, and Web Dynpro  development; and customized Workflow development. You can reach him at ajcecchini@itpsap.com.

SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP

SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP provides highly valuable innovations with SAP NW 7.02 and 7.03, they cover a wide range from language and tool enhancements to UI technologies and services, but don’t be concerned you can still rely on your existing ABAP skills and easily extend to emerging technologies like In-Memory, Cloud and Mobile.

As promised this month we’ll take a look at Floor Plan Manger for Web Dynpro , The “Business Rule Framework Plus” and SAP Stream work.

Floorplan Manager for Web Dynpro ABAP

Lest start with some background

Floorplan Manager is a framework that you can use to create and configure Web Dynpro applications in Web Dynpro ABAP. You can use the Floorplan Manager configuration editor to combine application-specific views of one or more business applications to a new Floorplan Manager application. Floorplan Manager gives you the following advantages:

– The design of all cross-application components of a user interface is defined by the Floorplan Manager.

– The design follows the SAP user interface design guidelines.

– Users of such applications benefit from a high level of recognition, which enables them to quickly and easily familiarize themselves with new applications.

– The integration of design templates such as floorplans and generic user interface building blocks into Floorplan Manager accelerates the creation of user interfaces and also ensures that the user interfaces behave the same way in all applications.

– Time-consuming user interface programming is greatly reduced for application programming.

– Simple applications are adjusted by configuring the underlying Web Dynpro components and not by additional programming.

– Adjustments that you make to the user interfaces of applications using the Floorplan Manager configuration editor are modification-free changes.

– Floorplan Manager uses the Web Dynpro adjustment concept.

So what’s new in  ABAP AS 7.03 to enhance both the end user and developer productivity?

Floor Plan Manager


Web Dynpro ABAP Page Builder

The Web Dynpro ABAP Page Builder, is a new runtime authoring tool, used to easily build Web Dynpro pages using CHIPs (Collaborative Human Interface Parts). Typically, you use the Page Builder to design home pages that enable users to access their main tasks and that provide the option to adapt the page, for instance by adding CHIPs to it in which their favorite Web pages are embedded.

Lest look at an example below….

ABAP Page Builder

So what’s new in ABAP AS 7.03 to enhance both the end user and developer productivity?

ABAP Page Builder


Business Rule Framework plus (BRFplus)

Again, lets get some background first…..

Business Rule Framework plus (BRFplus) provides a comprehensive application programming interface (API) and user interface (UI) for  defining and processing business rules. It allows you to model rules in an intuitive way and to reuse these rules in different applications.The interface between a business rule modeled with BRFplus and an application using that rule is provided by a BRFplus function. The function serves as a container for the entire business logic of a rule, no matter how complex it may be. Rules are implemented as expressions which are assigned to a function. The rule input is known as context and the rule output is called result. Context and result consist of data objects of one of  the following types: element, structure, and table

ABAP BRFPlus Overview

Rules Authoring with BRFplus

ABAP BRFPlus Rule Authoring


 New in BRFplus (ABAP AS NetWeaver 7.0 EhP 3)

ABAP BRFPlus New Features


SAP® StreamWork™

SAP StreamWork is a collaborative decision-making environment hosted on the web. This product lets people make decisions by discussing an issue online, sharing information, and taking advantage of a set of business tools.

With SAP StreamWork, you can provide trusted information, coordinate people, and monitor discussions to make better decisions based on facts. In SAP StreamWork, you use notes, documents, email, and a set of professional decision making tools to help you and participants make business decisions.

What are the benefits?

StreamWorks Benefits

 Below are some KEY scenarios StreamWork can be used ..

StreamWorks Key Scenarios

StreamWork Example

You can even use SAP StreamWork in the NWBC (NetWeaver Business Client) Side Panel

StreamWorks NWBC Side Panel
To view the first blog in this series please click What’s New in ABAP 7.02 and 7.03 – Part 1

To view the second blog in this series please click What’s New in ABAP 7.02 and 7.03 – Part 2

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