It can be said that in the SAP ecosystem, 2012 was the year of HANA. You couldn’t turn around without being inundated with SAP’s in-memory computing full-court press. SAP has also been touting big data, mobility, and cloud solutions as well. Clearly SAP is focusing on new, cutting-edge technology in each of these areas. While much ink has been spilled writing about these technologies, it should be pointed out that you cannot ignore your current technological infrastructure. For many organizations, this infrastructure includes business-to-business (B2B) communications.
In 2012, SAP acquired two companies steeped in B2B communications, Crossgate and Ariba. These two recent acquisitions give SAP the opportunity to greatly change the face of B2B communications by combining their respective offerings under the SAP Business Network umbrella. This blog entry is the first in a series that will explain the SAP Business Network, the SAP Information Interchange OnDemand (IIOD) managed service and how to take full advantage of its differences from legacy B2B communications.