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Related Links: "Is Carly Toast Yet?" - Maureen O'Gara on HP's Fiorina, Three Years On HP Falls, Dell Shines HP's profit shortfall warning last week made mention of the problems the company had experienced combining two SAP systems, one belonging to HP and the other to Compaq, the company it acquired two years ago. Now Sun's president and COO Jonathan Schwartz has taken up the theme, exploiting the fact that the industry may be puzzled what HP's problem is since HP and Compaq both ran back-office software made by the same company. "HP's problem? It ain't the SAP install," blogs Schwartz. "And it's not related to the cancellation of PA-RISC, or weakness in their Itanium transition. Or even Dell's printer onslaught." Here is Schwartz's diagnosis: "To me, HP's problems spawn from the death of... their operating system, HP/UX. Like IBM, they've elected to ask their customer... (more)

BEA, IBM, Oracle, SAP, IONA, Siebel and Sybase Announce "Service Component Architecture" Specification

BEA, IBM, Oracle, SAP, IONA, Siebel, and Sybase today announced their support for a new specification for building and packaging applications called Service Component Architecture or SCA – a specification that allows developers to focus on writing business logic. More directly, SCA is "a deployment descriptor on steroids," that works with any language, not just Java. Moreover, you can use procedural languages and declarative language like BPEL and XSLT as well. The key difference is that it uses the notion of declarative policies for things like security, transactions and reliabl... (more)

Microsoft, IBM, SAP To Discontinue UDDI Web Services Registry Effort

Microsoft, IBM and SAP are discontinuing the UDDI Business Registry (UBR) project for Web services on January 12, 2006, according to Web-based bulletins from the three companies. UDDI prescribes a specification for setting up directories of Web services for both public and within-the-firewall usage. According to a Microsoft FAQ about the shutdown, the project, announced in September 2000, was intended to prove the interoperability and "robustness" of the UDDI Web services registry specification, "This goal was met and far exceeded. The UBR ran for five years, demonstrating live, ... (more)

Benioff Mocks SAP's Late Move To On-Demand CRM: "First Siebel, Then Oracle, Then Microsoft..."

'Europe's most influential technology company is helping us make on-demand the global standard,' wrote Marc Benioff (pictured) in a memo yesterday to all his employees at SalesForce.com. He was referring to SAP, the German software giant, which is finally expected to announce an on-demand CRM product this week, after what Benioff called 'months of warming up.' "Is SAP on the defensive?" Benioff's memo continued. "Are they worried that with few customers actually using their CRM software, and salesforce.com making significant inroads in their customer base, their entire business m... (more)

SAP Developer Network

Click here to download this article in its complete printable .PDF format Join in at SDN.SAP.COM - http://sdn.sap.com Last fall, SAP launched the SAP Developer Network (SDN), a collaborative online community of developers, implementers, and administrators who work with SAP NetWeaver and SAP xApps packaged composite applications. The response to the SDN has been overwhelmingly positive. The SAP Developer Network is extremely important for IT engineers new to SAP, mainly because SAP NetWeaver opens up new opportunities for JAVA and .Net programmers to work inside SAP systems and inte... (more)