Feeds

SAP outlines roadmap and partner plans

Information worker

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

Sapphire SAP has kicked off its annual users' conference emphasising new technologies and expanded relationships spanning Web 2.0 and collaboration.

During a day of conference sessions and formal news announcements, the enterprise resource planning (ERP) giant outlined plans this year to add additional support for AJAX to its portal collaboration software.

SAP also promised a move towards "blended" Business Intelligence (BI) and search, improving integration between SAP and third-parties' BI tools, while saying search would integrate with business objects and be able to produce results with greater context - unlike search from the likes of Google.

SAP expanded its separate relationships with Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard to further advance Duet, the package developed in conjunction with Microsoft that integrates workflows between Microsoft Office and back-end SAP systems.

The companies announced an HP ProLiant-based appliance with Duet pre-installed. SAP called the appliance, due in June, a "proof of concept" that would let customers "more quickly and easily" evaluate Duet - SAP claims 250 of its 36,000 customers have adopted Duet since its May 2006 launch. Called Duet by SAP and Microsoft, the appliance can be expanded with additional ProLiant or Integrity servers.

Version 2.0 of the Duet software, due next year, will feature improved tools allowing customers to create their own scenarios - the name for those Office/SAP integrations. One goal is for tools that are simple to use and let developers build scenarios for ad-hoc generation and sharing of information.

Dennis Moore, general manager of emerging systems, told The Register: "We are working hard with Microsoft to get the technology to the point where it can be used with less development effort."

Doug Merritt, who recently assumed responsibility for a bevy of emerging technologies after Shai Agassi slipped the SAP leash, said SAP's move to Web 2.0 reflected the changes in the workplace in creating and storing data using structured formats, and for information workers engaging in fewer repetitive work-based tasks.

"The best way for SAP to tap that is through collaboration tools," SAP's executive vice president of business user development said. Merritt claimed SAP's integrated platform could span both structured and unstructured data.

Also on Monday's agenda were mid-sized end-users. IBM announced a reseller agreement serving SAP's All-in-One ERP and customer relationship management (CRM) suite for mid-sized companies, in 12 European countries. The deal follows a similar agreement between IBM and SAP in the US last year and will see IBM add hardware, software, and services to the relationship.

The small and mid-market are important growth opportunities for SAP, whose goal is for 100,000 customers by 2010. The company claims 10,000 customers currently run All-in-One. ®

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.