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AFS & Vendor Portal

Hello All,

I am trying to get my head around the architectural information around Vendor Portal & AFS.

Would appreciate if you could provide inputs around these queries.

We are using SAP NW 7.01 SP06. ECC 6.0 EHP 4 . Now we are having AFS & Vendor Portal added in scope.

1 - Do we have any SAP pre-delivered Portal content on EP that is ready to be used out of the box for Vendor Portal like ESS, MSS or SRM?

2 - Does Vendor Portal run on Netweaver Portal - What is the Architecture?

3 - Do we need to use EFP / FPN concepts with Vendor Portal around SAP EP?

4 - Is Portlet same as iViews or it is similar to the underlying app eg WD4A / WD4J?

5 - In case of custom inventory in Vendor Portal - what would be the recommended implementation technology - WD4A / WD4J/ PDK object or any web service based development.



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1.There is no business package or any pre-delivered SAP content not available for Vendor portal, because customer needs may vary.

2. Yes vendor portal is nothing but our normal SAP Portal, even you can use existing portal if you have already, just take count of Portal Roles maintenance and User load.

3. You can go for EFP for vendor, so that they can view some of data, rest if for any bidding they can register.

4. We can use any WDJava or WDAbap do achieve this.

5. For inventory based, first check for data size , number of users so that application should not be overloaded over internet


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