How Accurate Was SAP on Netweaver?

Executive Summary

  • For years SAP has said that Netweaver was a game changer.
  • In this article, we review the accuracy of this claim. 

What SAP Said About Netweaver?

SAP proposed that Netweaver would become a major infrastructure “product.” SAP proposed that Netweaver would revolutionize SAP’s infrastructure. You will learn how accurate SAP was in its claims around Netweaver.

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What Actually Happened with Netweaver?

Netweaver turned out to be part marketing construct and part a set of tools that did little for SAP projects, as is explained in the article Did SAP Netweaver Ever Exist?

We called out Netweaver as not being anything back in 2010. Our article explains why Netweaver is part of some SAP product names; it was never anything more than a marketing construct or a container within which real SAP products existed. As soon as HANA was introduced, Netweaver stopped being marketed by SAP. That is, HANA replaced Netweaver as SAP’s primary marketing tentpole.

Furthermore, even the products that SAP affixed names to, such as SAP PI, SAP MDM, Enterprise Portal & Identity Management, did not improve SAP projects. Some items like SAP BW never made any sense to include in Netweaver.

It is also important to note that SAP was not merely wrong about Netweaver, but the proposal about Netweaver was deceptive.

Conclusion and Calculation

SAP receives a 0% accuracy rating on Netweaver.

Link to the Parent Article

This is one of many research articles on a specific topic that supports a larger research calculation. For the overview of the research calculation for all of the SAP topics that were part of the study, see the following primary research A Study into SAP’s Accuracy.