(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)
'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
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)
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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
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"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)