New Book Explains Architecture of SAP ERP

With 37 languages, 120 countries, and more than eight database management systems, SAP ERP boasts some impressive usage statistics. A new book, The Architecture of SAP ERP, explains the concept and architecture of the successful product and also discusses SAP ERP powered by SAP HANA.

An astounding 74 percent of all business processes worldwide have at least one contact point with an SAP system. But how exactly can applications help with solving business problems? For the first time, a book on the architecture of SAP ERP, based on three SAP-internal “Architecture Bluebooks,” is now available to the world outside of SAP.

Readers will learn about the basic functions of the software and how exactly they are executed. They will be provided with basic and essential knowledge of how SAP ERP and SAP ERP powered by SAP HANA are structured. The book also explains, for example, how individual components of the software work together to run a payroll or process a sales order.

The book introduces the conceptual architecture of SAP ERP, which means it is not only aimed at CIOs and IT managers, but is also suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about the conceptual architecture of SAP ERP. Researchers and students in the fields of computer science and economics, as well as consultants working on SAP implementation projects, can benefit greatly from this valuable information.

A closer look at SAP ERP powered by SAP HANA

Six chapters cover how SAP ERP implements business process functions and one chapter elaborates on SAP ERP powered by SAP HANA. The bulk of the book describes the primary components SAP ERP Operations, SAP ERP Financials, and SAP ERP Human Capital Management.

More than 100 diagrams illustrate how business processes are represented in the components of the software systems, and how they interact. The models make use of SAP’s internal modeling standard, TAM (Technical Architecture Modeling), which is based on (Fundamental Modeling Concepts) and UML (Unified Modeling Language).

For many years, SAP has documented the architecture of its most important technologies and products. The resulting materials provide an overview of the software architecture during development. Known as “Architecture Bluebooks,” a wordplay on blueprints, they are named for the SAP-blue covers which held the original technical reports.

An appendix provides a wealth of information on the individual components, as well as a list of further reading.

The book is available in print or as an e-book on Tredition and Amazon.

Jochen Böder, Bernhard Gröne, et. al.: The Architecture of SAP ERP.
Tredition 2014, ISBN 978-3-8495-6814-6

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