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'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 model may be at risk?" He was far from optimistic, on SAP's behalf:"For starters, they had better hope that their on-demand offering will win more fans than their on-premise solution has." But that was just his opening salvo. Soon he warmed to this theme: "While SAP claims leadership in CRM, expe... (more)

SAP Launches Co-Innovation Lab in Tokyo

SAP announced the opening of a second SAP Co-Innovation Lab in Ohtemachi, Tokyo, Japan. Joining the co-innovation lab, located in Palo Alto, California, the addition further broadens efforts by SAP to work with software solution partners, technology partners, service partners and customers to accelerate the innovation and delivery of solutions designed to address industry-specific business issues for companies around the world. Taking advantage of Japan's rich history of custom development, members of the Tokyo co-innovation lab will focus on identifying opportunities to address ... (more)

Accenture, BEA, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and SAP Form Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) to Speed

(February 12, 2002) – A broad group of technology leaders have formed the Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) Organization (www.ws-i.org). This cross-industry initiative is designed to accelerate the development and deployment of interoperable Web services across a variety of platforms, applications, and programming languages. WS-I, whose founders include Accenture, BEA, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and SAP, is open to all organizations committed to promoting interoperability among Web services based on industry-accepted definitions and open standards support. Will Su... (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)

IBM's New eServer i5 Achieves Leading Result on SAP Benchmark

The new IBM eServer i5 Model 520 has achieved the record result in the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark on a 2-way POWER5 processor-based system. The eServer i5 server is the first IBM server to be fueled by the POWER5 processor and features IBM i5/OS, its premier operating system complete with integrated security, DB2 Universal Database, Web enablement, and leading virtualization technology. With this integration, businesses running SAP applications on iSeries servers have a demonstrated high performance system that can consolidate multiple... (more)