[January 17, 2003]
SAP Announces Integration And
Application Platform, SAP NetWeaver
SAP AG announced the launch of the next evolutionary step of its
integration and application platform designed to provide extensibility
across heterogeneous IT landscapes. SAP NetWeaver enables organizations to
integrate people, information, and business processes across technologies
and organizations. Additionally, SAP takes the technology high ground by
designing SAP NetWeaver to be fully interoperable with Microsoft .NET and
IBM WebSphere (J2EE), providing customers with flexibility to manage
heterogeneous infrastructures, minimizing complexity, and reducing total
cost of ownership.
SAP NetWeaver is the business-ready, services-oriented platform for all
SAP solutions and the way SAP delivers on the new Enterprise Services
Architecture (ESA), an enterprise applications blueprint, introduced at a
company event held today (see related press release). SAP was one of the
first companies to deliver a technology platform to enable collaborative
business when it introduced mySAP? Technology in 2001. The advanced
iteration of SAP's proven technology stack, SAP NetWeaver now serves as
the backbone for the SAP suite of solutions, delivering a complete, open,
and flexible infrastructure that allows companies to realize additional
value from existing IT investments.
"Microsoft and SAP are building on their long and successful
partnership to ensure that any solution using NetWeaver can be enhanced
with Microsoft .NET," said Eric Rudder, senior vice president,
Developer and Platform Evangelism, Microsoft. "With full-fledged
access to the NetWeaver Enterprise Services Architecture, customers can
harness the productivity and power of Microsoft .NET to connect, customize
and enhance solutions that improve their business agility."
"We are delighted to offer support for and be a part of the
unveiling of SAP NetWeaver today," says Bruce Harreld, senior vice
president of IBM strategy. "Helping our customers become on-demand
businesses will require new kinds of collaboration and cooperation between
the companies in the information technology industry. We look forward to
building on our long-standing relationship with SAP to deliver not just
technology expertise, but real business value to our customers."
SAP, IBM, and Microsoft have recently established joint collaborative
technology support centers which will staff and support the companies
focus on customer projects around the usage of SAP NetWeaver and it's
integration with IBM WebSphere and Microsoft .Net.
"With the constraints on IT spending, the goal is to lower costs
and increase productivity," said Joshua Greenbaum, principal,
Enterprise Applications Consulting, Daly City, Calif. "To do this,
business managers need a flexible and comprehensive technology platform
based on Web services and other standards that can drive innovation and
support the integration of heterogeneous applications. SAP NetWeaver will
allow customers to achieve their goals by creating and improving business
processes across their IT ecosystem without changing the underlying
A Comprehensive Integration and Application Platform
With NetWeaver, SAP introduces two enhanced capabilities -- composite
application framework and master data management -- that extend the
technology stack beyond the initial capabilities of mySAP Technology. The
new composite application framework built into SAP NetWeaver enables SAP
and its partners to create new applications targeting cross-functional
business processes through tools, frameworks, rules, and methodologies.
These include, for instance, an object access layer that allows customers
to abstract from the underlying heterogeneity and to create a unified
development and deployment environment.
SAP NetWeaver also includes master data management (MDM) services. MDM
is the first standardized offering designed to solve the widespread
challenges of data integration from multiple systems, physical locations,
and diverse vendors. MDM ensures information integrity across the business
network by allowing companies to consolidate, harmonize, and centrally
master data in heterogeneous IT environments.
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