Business Object Processing Framework is a well-established framework ad not really a new one. It has been used in multiple modules such as in SAP Business suite applications, SAP ByDesign and products – for example, in SAP Supplier Lifecycle Management,Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S), Transportation Management (TM), SAP Quality Issue Management, SAP customer Management of Change, to name but a few. BOPF is also used in the development of customer projects, apart from being used in the internal development of SAP.
How can SAP customers use BOPF?
Off late BOPF is being used in quite a few number of SAP customer development projects. Released with the SAP Business Suite EHP6 SP05, SAP Business Suite EHP5 SP11, and SAP Business Suite EHP7. BPOF is also available in SAP NetWeaver standalone system and starts with theSAP NetWeaver 7.50release, as part of the SAP BASIS layer.
The major advantage of using BOPF is that you have the entire framework available and you can flawlessly assimilate the different constituents of the business applications. You can even use them out-of-the-box.
What are the advantages of using BOPF?
The main advantage of using SAP BOPF (Business Object Processing Framework) is that the application itself acts as bridging unit between the various components. As a user you don’t have to get too fussed about the development of adapters or integration layers to consume the components.
What are the elements of the programming model?
The basic units of BOPF-based programming model are the business objects. These Business applications or processes function on few business objects. a hierarchical tree of nodes represents a standard business object. A single node encompasses a set of specific business object data and the corresponding business logic which is related. Technically each and every node is employed with a regular Dictionary table, in which each node instance matches to a single table entry which appears in table rows and attributes also constitute the columns of the table.
The data part of a business object is attributed by nodes, attributes, and alternative keys. A node assists as an anchor point for joining the business logic of the business object.
For each and every node, many types of entities can be demarcated to form the specific business logic part of a business object.