SAP Enterprise Architecture Framework


What is SAP Enterprise Architecture Framework?

Based on The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), the SAP Enterprise Architect Framework (EAF) was developed to be an extension of TOGAF with the intention of supporting customers with an extensive SAP footprint. TOGAF and SAP EAF are intended to be complementary, with TOGAF 8.1 being the foundation for SAP EAF, and TOGAF 9.0 and higher being enhanced by contributions from the SAP EAF. The SAP EAF was initially developed by SAP to support the effective adoption of packaged software in a services-oriented enterprise.

What is SAP Enterprise Architecture Framework?

Based on The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), the SAP Enterprise Architect Framework (EAF) was developed to be an extension of TOGAF with the intention of supporting customers with an extensive SAP footprint. TOGAF and SAP EAF are intended to be complementary, with TOGAF 8.1 being the foundation for SAP EAF, and TOGAF 9.0 and higher being enhanced by contributions from the SAP EAF. The SAP EAF was initially developed by SAP to support the effective adoption of packaged software in a services-oriented enterprise.

While the TOGAF 8.1 Architecture Development Method (ADM) provides a narrative of each phase and describes the phase in terms of objectives, approach, inputs, steps, and outputs. What the SAP EAF adds is specific guidance around concepts, tasks, and terminology. In addition, narratives, worksheets describing outputs, and accelerators that can be leveraged for the ADM are included in the SAP EAF. The SAP EAF also provides a level of process flexibility that allows customers to focus on a target architecture rather than spending time defining a current architecture. Both extensions to the TOGAF 8.1 were included in TOGAF 9.0 content.

Key capabilities in the SAP Enterprise Architect Framework:

  • SAP EAF Meta Model. The SAP EAF explicitly introduced a Meta Model concept as one did not exist in TOGAF 8.1, with the Meta Model enabling a comprehensive view of the entire enterprise architecture. The Meta Model classifies the enterprise into contextual and architectural elements and defines EA concepts into defined entities. These entity relationships provide the basis for a scheme for many enterprise architecture modeling tools.
  • SAP EAF Artifacts. SAP EAF expanded on what was in TOGAF 8.1, which only provided a list of sample architectural views, to organize artifacts into Catalogs, Matrices, and Views (or Diagrams). The artifacts are integrated into the SAP EAF Process and Meta Model, and customers can leverage guidance and examples in SAP EAF to develop these artifacts.
  • SAP Specific Mappings. The biggest area of distinct content for the SAP EAF is in providing content level guidance for organizations with a large SAP footprint. Mapping SAP content can help customers accelerate their efforts to develop their enterprise architecture as it includes references and mappings to SAP business, application, and technical content.

The SAP Enterprise Architecture Framework can offer specific advantages to SAP customers, and complements TOGAF to accelerate the development of an enterprise architecture for their business.

1228 results

  1. How to Integrate SAP CRM Shared Services Framework with SAP ERP HCM

    Published: 25/November/2013

    Reading time: 29 mins

    Learn about the integration of various HR processes with the SAP Customer Relationship Management (CRM) service center’s front-end solution, Shared Services Framework, which helps improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your shared-service organization. Using the birth of a child as an example, the details for the employee benefits of SAP ERP HCM are covered in…...…

  2. Simplified Interface Handling in a Digital Business Landscape

    Published: 08/November/2017

    Reading time: 12 mins

    Efficient integration and seamless data exchange are critical in a digital business landscape that spans a growing network of integrated systems and applications. Organizations must find the best way to manage the entire interface life cycle — from implementation through ongoing maintenance and operations. Learn how SAP Application Interface Framework 3.0 not only provides an…

  3. Achieve Budgetary Control of Unplanned Service Procurement and Projects Using Value Limit Strategies

    Published: 30/October/2017

    Reading time: 21 mins

    Learn how to use different value limit strategies to control spending on unplanned service procurement and budgetary allocation for projects. Key Concept Value limit is a functionality within purchase requisition and purchase order (PO) documents that can be applied to set a benchmark value for a project or service procurement if the cost and possibly…...…

  4. Set Up Intuitive and Automated Reporting Functionality with Crystal Reports

    Published: 21/January/2010

    Reading time: 17 mins

    Discover a strategy for configuring and developing Crystal Reports for your organization’s SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions, such as SAP BusinessObjects Process Control. Walk through key installation requirements and configuration steps for your SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions related to the SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise server, and identify key configuration settings that need to be put into place…....…

  5. How to Build a Strong Security and Compliance Foundation for Your SAP Landscape

    How to Build a Strong Security and Compliance Foundation for Your SAP Landscape

    Published: 06/November/2020

    Reading time: 19 mins

    While most successful cyberattacks are carried out on a company’s application layer, many security departments see the SAP application layer as a “black box,” and its security as the responsibility of their Basis or SAP application colleagues or of a service provider, making the security of this layer a blind spot within many organizations. Compounding…

  6. Avoid Data Inconsistency Between ESS and PA30 in ECC 6.0

    Published: 15/November/2008

    Reading time: 14 mins

    New functionality in SAP ERP Central Component 6.0 makes it easier for Web-based applications to access HR master data, but you need to watch out for data inconsistency. Key Concept New configuration points have been added that control HR master data validation and data update for both Web-based applications and the standard HR master data…...…

  7. Tips for Customizing Transaction Code PPOME

    Published: 18/February/2016

    Reading time: 26 mins

    Learn all about the customizing options and outcomes of the Structural Graphics tool. All the customizing steps are created in transaction code PPOME. Follow these step-by-step guidelines to get the most from customizing transaction code PPOME. Key Concept Structural Graphics is an SAP ERP HCM Organizational Management application tool that lets users display and edit…...…

  8. Navigate ESS with Ease

    Published: 15/May/2008

    Reading time: 12 mins

    Employee Self-Service (ESS) consists of many components that work together under a supporting architecture. Learn ESS concepts and terminology from this basic introduction. Key Concept Several technologies work together to deliver Employee Self-Service (ESS): SAP NetWeaver Portal, a Java application, and SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) that houses the data. A typical ESS service is…...…

  9. How to Select the Right Mobile Solution Architecture for Your Use Case

    Published: 12/October/2012

    Reading time: 24 mins

    Understand the main mobility architecture paradigms currently supported by the Sybase Unwired Platform, and the advantages and drawbacks of each. Get a high-level view of the architecture and basic steps for implementing each. Key Concept A mobile business object is a method of encapsulating business data so that it can be used across multiple kinds…...…

  10. Cloud image

    Enable Business Outcomes with Enriched Data

    Published: 12/October/2021

    Reading time: 8 mins

    Organizations want to understand and leverage their data more effectively. But they often do not know how much cloud elasticity they will need to get the most out of that data. And they usually do not want to put additional systems in place that add more complexity to their landscape. SAPinsider interviewed Edy Sardilli, Global…