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Hour 14. Extending SAP with Microsoft an... > Introduction to Microsoft Duet - Pg. 207

Introduction to Microsoft Duet this functionality also requires that SSO be set up. For SharePoint 2007, use SPNego. One disadvantage to using iViews with SharePoint 2007 is that you cannot change the visual characteristics of this data--how the data looks in SAP NetWeaver Portal is exactly how it is presented in the SharePoint Web Part. SharePoint 2010 As of this writing, SharePoint 2010 is the latest SharePoint release from Microsoft. While everything already outlined with regard to SharePoint 2007 continues to work in SharePoint 2010, some of the terminology has changed. For instance, Business Data Connector in SharePoint 2007 has been replaced by Business Connectivity Services (BCS) in SharePoint 2010. BCS has greater capabilities and extends additional options such as bidirectional communications; not only can you display data from SharePoint, but you can update SAP data from SharePoint, as well. In addition, the iView Web Part has been replaced by the iFrame Web Part. The main difference is that the iFrame pro- vides the ability to make visual changes to the way your SAP information is presented in SharePoint. This can help create a more consistent look and feel of the SharePoint site. In addition, support for Microsoft Silverlight has been expanded. Silverlight is a highly interactive programming language recently developed by Microsoft. You can use this software to build highly dynamic and intuitive business applications. Such an applica- tion might comprise various data sources located in SAP, in SharePoint, or in another database or application entirely. Imagine a sales report that combines data from several different business units and other sources and covers many years. Using Silverlight con- trols, a SharePoint site can enable SAP end users to intuitively drill down into sales data by quarter, region, product line, business area, and more--all without a lot of back-end technical coding or programming. Introduction to Microsoft Duet Still sometimes referred to as its code name, Mendocino, Duet 1.x was a suite of prod- ucts jointly developed by Microsoft and SAP. The product suite consisted of server com- ponents, client components, tools, and applications that presented SAP processes and data to the Microsoft Office suite. The earliest versions of Duet introduced several com- mon business processes into the familiar Microsoft Outlook interface. These business processes included Time Management, Leave Management, Team Management, and Budget Monitoring. Later, Duet was extended to include Purchasing Management, Recruiting, Travel Management, Sales Management, and Demand Planning. The original Duet exposed or delivered an organization's SAP data into Microsoft Outlook. For the "occasional" SAP end user, there was no longer a need to log on to SAP at all. Imagine coming into the office in the morning and upon opening Microsoft Outlook finding your morning sales report. You might also find an email from one of