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SAP is recommending SUSE as its preferred Linux platform, the stuff of which stacks are made, and Novell is going start being the first line of defense for people running SAP applications on SUSE. SAP's great rival, Oracle, of course is now peddling its own anti-Red Hat Linux. Novell is supposed to handle both the apps and the operating system under a maintenance-and-support arrangement with SAP styled SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Priority Support. The program is supposed to focus on optimizing the price/performance of mission-critical workloads and includes volume discounts for application configurations. And there's a special on for the next 90 days. It is also supposed to be integrated through the SAP Solution Management application management solution into the SAP global support backbone for managing the entire lifecycle of SAP applications. Novell and SAP are s... (more)

Worksoft Certify 8.2 Integrates Automated Testing Technology with SAP

Worksoft announced the availability of Worksoft Certify version 8.2, providing enhanced support for SAP business process functionality. Worksoft’s flagship product, Worksoft Certify, offers a patented “scriptless” approach to functional and business process validation testing, which allows business analysts and functional users to define, execute, and maintain tests through a menu-driven interface with business language narratives. “Significantly reducing the complexity of developing and maintaining automated tests can speed quality assurance progress and ... (more)

Compuware TestPartner 5.4 Expands Support for SAP and Java

Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR) introduced the new version of its QACenter Enterprise Edition functional testing solution, Compuware TestPartner 5.4. This new release offers a tight functional testing integration with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System and support for the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0. By enabling development and testing teams to access the same testing assets to resolve errors more quickly, Compuware TestPartner improves communication and collaboration, allowing IT organizations to deliver high-quality applications more cost effectively. "Microsoft is ... (more)

SAP Takes Big Strides in Small Business and Midmarket Segments

SAP announced growing adoption of its business software among small businesses and midsize companies across all regions, and in particular from  growing economies as Brazil, China, India and Russia. The company's portfolio of business software for small businesses and midsize companies -- comprised of SAP Business One, SAP Business ByDesign and SAP Business All-in-One -- continues to attract an increasing number of customers from the small and midsize market. Currently at about 75 percent of the company's overall customer base, the number of small and midsize enterprise (SME) c... (more)

Microsoft + SAP: The Acquisition That Never Happened

In one of those strange ironies beloved of the business and technology world, the primary reason given for why Microsoft and SAP didn't end up as one company, despite Microsoft having taken a close look at such a prospect earlier this year...is that it would have proved too difficult to integrate the two businesses. So much for The Age of Business Integration and all the software sold worldwide to support it. Secret talks between the two companies apparently began late last year but ceased a few months ago "due to the complexity of the potential transaction and subsequent integ... (more)