A Busy Week for SAP

Loraine Lawson

It was a busy week for SAP this week -- and not just because Oracle's suing the ERP vendor. No, SAP held its international annual customer conference, or SAPPHIRE, in Atlanta this week.

The company outlined changes in the work for Netweaver. Of course, the integration platform is already heavily invested in SOA, so this wasn't news so much as an update.

You can read the details at eWEEK, but highlights include:

  • A new interface,
  • Better integration between Netweaver's business intelligence and Master Data Management,
  • New composite applications functions, and
  • Embedded SOA governance.

There are also plans to add Web 2.0 features and simplify integrating its ERP with other applications -- even those not sold by SAP.


In addition to the Netweaver updates, SAP and Cisco issued a joint release clarify their goals for world domination, er, collaboration. Both companies say they're devoted to elimininating the gap between application systems and network systems, and, of course, the tool of choice is SOA and SONA (Cisco's service-oriented network architecture).


Their first project will focus on achieving that integrated network/application platform by first developing new composite applications. The compositive applications will be released by the end of the year and supported around the clock by co-located service offices in California and India.

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