Empowering SharePoint consultants to build business process solutions

By Kristian Kalsing on January 25, 2011

SharePoint is increasingly becoming a de facto standard in the Office environment where information workers feel comfortable. But until now SharePoint has mainly been utilized as an intranet and collaboration platform with limited or no vertical integration into core business systems. Part of the reason is the complexity that is often associated with building solutions that integrate with the ERP system, which is where most of the critical business data reside. In order to expose ERP functionality in SharePoint, developers and business users need easy-to-understand reusable web services. However, enabling these web services if often the bottleneck and solving this challenge is key to exposing SAP through SharePoint.

The Winshuttle usability platform provides an end-to-end framework for solving this service enablement challenge by empowering business users to design, build and deploy web services. SharePoint SIs can take advantage of the Winshuttle platform and realize service revenues in new areas by taking SharePoint beyond a collaboration portal and building business process solutions. With Winshuttle, business users are empowered to compose the SAP objects and services required for SharePoint solutions without compromising IT governance. This means that SharePoint consultants and developers can work directly with the business to build applications which leverages SharePoint to provide a user-friendly and role-specific interfaces to SAP.

SharePoint is increasingly becoming a de facto standard in the Office environment where information workers feel comfortable. But until now SharePoint has mainly been utilized as an intranet and collaboration platform with limited or no vertical integration into core business systems. Part of the reason is the complexity that is often associated with building solutions that integrate with the ERP system, which is where most of the critical business data reside.

In order to expose ERP functionality in SharePoint, developers and business users need easy-to-understand reusable web services. However, enabling these web services if often the bottleneck and solving this challenge is key to exposing SAP through SharePoint. The Winshuttle usability platform provides an end-to-end framework for solving this service enablement challenge by empowering business users to design, build and deploy web services.

SharePoint SIs can take advantage of the Winshuttle platform and realize service revenues in new areas by taking SharePoint beyond a collaboration portal and building business process solutions. With Winshuttle, business users are empowered to compose the SAP objects and services required for SharePoint solutions without compromising IT governance. This means that SharePoint consultants and developers can work directly with the business to build applications which leverages SharePoint to provide a user-friendly and role-specific interfaces to SAP.


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About the author

Based in Seattle, Kristian is part of the product management team at Winshuttle where he is responsible for solutions that help companies to perform better by improving their management and governance of master data. Kristian has 15 years of experience with enterprise solutions in a broad range of industries across Europe, Australia and North America. When not at work, Kristian spends most of his time climbing in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.


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