Empowering SharePoint consultants to build business process solutions

By Kristian Kalsing on Jan 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.

About the author

As Vice President of Enterprise Solutions, Kristian is responsible for enterprise solutions marketing, product marketing and sales enablement. He is instrumental in driving the strategic direction of the company and continuously elevating the value that Winshuttle’s software platform and methodology bring to customers. Prior to joining Winshuttle in 2010, Kristian was widely respected as one of the pioneering thought leaders in bridging the gap between SAP and Microsoft technologies. Since starting his career in Denmark, Kristian has gained experience with enterprise software solutions in a broad range of industries in Europe, Australia and North America. He has held various roles across Engineering, Professional Services, Sales and Marketing. When not at work, Kristian spends most of his time climbing the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.

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