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Alloy Technical Frequently Asked Questions

Which Technologies are Used in Alloy?

Alloy is jointly developed and supported by IBM and SAP consists of several components. It bases on standard technologies from both IBM and SAP. Alloy is fully SOA compliant. The SAP Alloy Add-On component needs to be deployed on an SAP NetWeaver Java Web-Application Server. The IBM Alloy Add-On is deployed on an IBM Lotus Domino Server. A client part which also includes the Alloy sidebar is installed in the IBM Lotus Notes environment.

What are the Software Requirements to Run Alloy Software by IBM and SAP?

The following tables describe the planned requirements. Since these are subject to change, please verify through the standard channels such as the IBM product requirements website or the SAP Service Marketplace for the current PAM (Product Availability Matrix) before making commitments.

IBM Lotus Notes ClientRelease 8.02
IBM Domino ServerRelease 8.02
SAP ERPSAP ERP 6.0 SPS 14 running on NetWeaver 7.0 SPS17 with the Enterprise Service Architecture (ESA) Add-on: ECC-SE 602 or higher
SAP BW (optional)SAP BW (Business Warehouse) 3.5 - SP 23 or BW (Business Warehouse) 7.0 - SPS 17
SAP and IBM Alloy Add-onSAP Alloy Add-on 1.0 running on NetWeaver 7.0 SPS17 Java
IBM Lotus Notes Alloy Add-on 1.0 running on an 8.02 Domino Server

The operating systems of the SAP Business Suite software and the IBM Domino Mail Servers are not restricted but the Alloy software requires the following:

IBM Lotus Notes ClientMS Windows XP (Professional editions) or MS Windows Vista (Business, Enterprise editions)
IBM Lotus Domino Alloy Add-onMS Windows 2003 Server (Standard, Enterprise)
SAP Alloy Add-onAll NetWeaver 7.0 java stack platform constellations.
For example:
- AIX with MaxDB or
- IBM zLinux with DB2 or
- MS Windows X86_64 with MS SQL or
- MS Windows X86_64 with MaxDB or
- AIX with Oracle 9.2

What is the Proper Installation Sequence for the Different Alloy Components?

The configuration of some Alloy components is dependent on the availability of other Alloy compnents.Therefore it's important to install the Alloy components from both IBM and SAP in the correct sequence:

  1. Install and configure the SAP NetWeaver support packages for Alloy from SAP.
  2. Install and configure SAP Add-On components from SAP.
  3. Install and configure the Alloy server and the Business decision workflow applications from IBM.
  4. Install the SAP NetWeaver and ERP support packages in the backend SAP system

How Can I Customize Alloy?

Besides supporting standard customization in the SAP backend system, Alloy also support other customization options. You can customize Alloy by leveraging Lotus User Interface (UI) elements such as the sidebar. In addition, you can match the design, look and feel, and user experience to your specific requirements by developing your own forms for out-of-the-box functionalities or your own additional workflow decision exposed in Alloy, thus providing business users all the relevant information from SAP applications that they need to make informed decisions.You can also use the SAP ABAP Programmers Workbench to add addtitional SAP information to the workflow decisions implemented in Alloy.

Can I Develop and Expose Additional Functionalities Using Alloy?

In order to extend Alloy you can implement and expose your customized SAP Business Workflow decisions in Alloy. But Alloy 1.0 does not support the implementation of additional functionalities besides Leave Management, Travel Management, Reports Management and Workflow Decisions Management and the customization of the Alloy sidebar.

How Do I Monitor an Alloy Environment?

Monitoring is an essential task in the management of SAPu00AE technology, the monitoring mechanism for the Alloy system landscape is delivered with SAP NetWeaver, and can be easily extended to include additional SAP and non-SAP components.In addition integration with SAP Solution Manager Diagnostics is planned.

What Administration Tools are Available to Manage and Maintain Alloy Components?

The SAP Alloy Add-on comes with its own Alloy specific administration environment. As the SAP Alloy Add-On runs on top of the SAP NetWeaver AS Java system, most of the
general administration tasks you need to carry out in the SAP Alloy Add-On host require tools in the SAP NetWeaver AS Java system. You use the administration tools available in SAP NetWeaver AS Java system to manage and maintain SAP Alloy Add-On components running on top of the application server.
In addition you can also use the standard IBM Domino administration tools to maintain the IBM Domino specific configuration settings of Alloy.

How Can I Access the SAP Alloy Add-On Administration Tool?

The SAP Alloy Add-On comes with a browser-based graphical interface, Alloy Administration tool, through which you access tools and editors for managing SAP Alloy Add-On components. When you select a tool or an editor in the administration tool for the first time, you must provide the administrator credentials of the SAP NetWeaver

How Can I Backup an Alloy Environment?

You need to backup the Alloy system landscape to prevent data loss and unexpected downtime due to unforeseen circumstances. You use the SAP NetWeaver AS backup strategies and tools to back up SAP Alloy Add-On components in the Alloy system landscape. Backing up the SAP NetWeaver Application Server will also backup SAPAlloy Add-On configuration, saved in the Configuration Manager Database.

How to Implement Alloy in High Availability Cluster Environment?

Clustering the SAP Alloy Add-On is based on the clustering of SAP NetWeaver AS Java, since the Alloy components from SAP run on top of the application server. Alloy supports clustering in two separate environments: clustering the IBM Alloy server, and clustering the SAP Alloy Add-on.

How Do I Map and Manage Users in Alloy?

Alloy users do not have to have the same user id in IBM Lotus Notes/Domino as in the SAP system. The IBM Domino address book is used to map Domino users to SAP users by putting the appropriate SAP user id in a specific field in the user's profile.
You use tools from both SAP and IBM for user administration and management.
You manage users in Alloy using the User Management Engine (UME) of the SAPNetWeaver AS Java system, and manage the user mapping data using IBM tools.

What Languages are Supported?

The initial version of Alloy 1.0 supports English, German, French, Japanese, Italian.

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