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(November 18, 2002) - Last week at SAP's TechEd 2002 technical conference, SAP announced the introduction of two new SAP xApps. The new entries include xApp Visual Information for Plants (xVIp) and xApp Product Definition (xPD). TransAlta, Canada's largest non-regulated electric generation and marketing company, is deploying xVIp to help manage plant operations. XVIp was developed by SAP in conjunction with independent software vendor NRX using SAP xApps methodology. The xApp xPD will allow companies to make design and development process more efficient. It works across existing applications that support development from idea to implementation, including lifecycle management, customer relationship management, project data, enterprise resource planning, and supply chain management. Ultimately, xPD will help companies define and evaluate new product concepts, collabor... (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)

Riverbed Steelhead Appliance Achieves SAP Certified Integration

Riverbed Technology announced that its Riverbed Steelhead appliance running the Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS) version 4.0 has achieved SAP Certified Integration for third-party networking appliances that interoperate with SAP solutions using the SAP NetWeaver platform and an enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA). Enterprise SOA enables customers to create a highly-flexible, open IT architecture for developing services-based, enterprise-scale business solutions. With SAP's certification of integration of the Riverbed Steelhead appliance, customers can be ... (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)

"HP's Problem Ain't the SAP Install," Says Sun's Schwartz

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 Schwa... (more)