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SAP and Esri to integrate GIS platform with SAP solutions
[July 18, 2013]

SAP and Esri to integrate GIS platform with SAP solutions

Jul 18, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- SAP AG, a provider of enterprise application software and software-related services, and Esri, a geographic information system, or GIS, and location analytics provider, have joined forces to integrate GIS solutions with platforms and enterprise applications from SAP in order to improve business efficiency and decision-making.

Esri and SAP are committed to helping SAP customers and the spatial data industry benefit from integration between SAP solutions and Esri's GIS platform.

Through co-innovation between SAP and Esri, an end-to-end support for spatial data is planned across SAP HANA, the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) platform and SAP Mobile Platform, aiming to offer organizations the ability to: enrich SAP Business Suite applications with geographic content; rapidly process spatial, location and enterprise data using SAP HANA in real time; visualize geographic information in maps, graphs and charts using tools from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio; and deliver applications to field workers that effectively process geospatial and business data using SAP Mobile Platform.

"SAP plans to provide real-time high-performance processing of spatial data with SAP HANA, a single platform for transactions, analytics and big data," said Steve Lucas, executive vice president and general manager, analytics, database and platform, SAP. "By integrating with the Esri ArcGIS platform across SAP HANA, SAP BusinessObjects BI platform and SAP Mobile Platform, and by enriching SAP Business Suite applications with spatial content, we want to enable customers to combine the added dimension of location information with enterprise data, in real time. This will give businesses a new level of immediacy in their decision-making capabilities and will increase their competitive advantage." SAP plans to expand the SAP HANA platform with the introduction of spatial data processing capabilities that combine location data with enterprise data to enrich and enhance real-time business applications. Furthermore, Esri and SAP intend to optimize connectivity between Esri ArcGIS and SAP HANA via Query Layers, which will allow Esri ArcGIS users to push spatial processing into SAP HANA.

SAP plans to enable customers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to consume, process and analyze spatial, transactional and text data within one unified platform for predictive, location-based solutions based on big data. In addition, the company intends to offer SAP HANA customers a native application development platform, including geo-content and location services, to develop and deploy spatially-based solutions.

The SAP BusinessObjects BI suite and SAP applications share a common HTML5 visualization platform and software development kit (SDK). The SDK is planned to enable organizations to extend their visualizations with 50 pre-built chart types, geographic maps and advanced visualizations. SAP is enhancing the SDK to include the Esri API for Javascript. SAP aims to help customers leverage existing Esri ArcGIS server and licensed online Esri maps inside BI tools from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio. SAP Lumira software is planned to be the first SAP product to offer the embedded Esri API, SAP said.

SAP plans to add new integration using the SDK for SAP Mobile Platform to extend companies' geospatial data from ESRI ArcGIS systems to mobile field employees. Similar to desktop systems, SAP Mobile Platform is planned to enable application users to manipulate interactive maps and to obtain extremely detailed information on the geographic region in question.

By tying into SAP Business Suite, mobile apps like SAP Work Manager and SAP CRM Service Manager are intended to effectively combine business process information like work orders, parts inventory levels and historical asset information with geospatial data to give mobile users a multi-system work environment. For instance, SAP plans to enable mobile users to efficiently find jobs and assets nearby, filter for equipment by location and view work orders from a map.

"Esri ArcGIS is the leading platform for organizations implementing a location analytics strategy through the geo-enablement of their enterprise business systems," said Chris Cappelli, director, sales, Esri. "By working with SAP to integrate ArcGIS across SAP HANA, analytic solutions and SAP Mobile Platform, intends that customers can easily leverage Esri within their SAP landscape." Republication or redistribution, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without prior written consent. Datamonitor shall not be liable for errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon

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