Data Management

SAP NetWeaver ships with a mind bogging array of highly specialized applications to support different business processes. A SAP consultant will either interact with these applications or enhance them by writing new code to solve new problems during implementation. However, sometimes I feel that the real heart of SAP solution is not the code but the enterprise around which the code is built. The different application programs are just so many ways in which the users of the system can access the code. The power of SAP over the many legacy applications it typically replaces, is its one unified data model to store the different pieces of enterprise data. In a modern enterprise most data is inter-related and SAP leverages these linkages in its data design. However, since many of us, and this is all the more true of security consultants, do not directly work with data we lose sight of its importance in the bigger scheme of things. In this post, I would like to introduce to give a brief introduction the data management in SAP. Continue reading “Data Management”

Enterprise Structure

As all of us know, SAP is an an example of an Enterprise Resource Planning software. However, a lot of beginning security consultants are so taken up familiarising themselves with “creating roles and users” that they lose sight of the fact that the security exists to support the various Enterprise functions of the SAP solutions. Today as I write the hundred-th post of my hobbyist blog I am starting a new section to capture all things functional. All though a beginning security analysts can get by with just knowing core security concepts, its always expected that we understand the tools that SAP provides for securing functional data and applications. Continue reading “Enterprise Structure”