SAP Ecosystem Continues to Show Strong Global Momentum
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Press release date: October 17, 2006
Increasing Adoption of Enterprise SOA Fuels Growth of the SAP Partner and Developer Community
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 17 // -- Delivering on its commitment to help partners and customers experience the business value of enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA), SAP AG (NYSE:SAP) today announced continued ecosystem momentum as customers move to adopt enterprise SOA by leveraging the SAP NetWeaver(R) platform. In addition to SAP, independent software vendors (ISVs) such as Callidus Software, MCA Solutions, Triple Point Technology and Visiprise are helping companies adopt the SAP NetWeaver platform to optimize their existing IT landscapes, reduce total cost of ownership and prepare for future business growth. The announcement was made at the EMEA Enterprise Services Partner Summit, being held in Amsterdam on Oct. 17.
Global SAP Ecosystem Delivers Innovation
The SAP ecosystem is comprised of customers, systems integrators, as well as a hugely diverse set of software solution and technology providers ranging from "technology titans" to innovative, up-and-coming start-ups.
Callidus Software, a leader in enterprise incentive management (EIM), recently achieved "Powered by SAP NetWeaver" status for its TrueComp(R) and TrueInformation(R) products. Callidus Software's TrueComp solution enables companies to align corporate strategy with sales execution, while its modeling capabilities help prevent financial surprises related to incentive compensation cost. With the seamless integration provided between TrueComp and the SAP NetWeaver platform, customers benefit from a reduction in total cost of ownership and can further leverage their existing investments in SAP solutions.
"Today's IT organizations aim to optimize existing infrastructures and enable business process innovation," said Robert Youngjohns, president and CEO, Callidus Software. "Our customers recognize the flexibility and competitive advantages of adopting enterprise service-oriented architecture. Callidus Software is pleased to play an active role in the SAP ecosystem in North America and Canada. Callidus and SAP enable modern enterprises to run best-in-class incentive compensation management solutions while taking advantage of their existing investment in the SAP NetWeaver platform."
MCA Solutions recently delivered the first composite application for service inventory optimization. MCA's Service Inventory Optimization for SAP Service and Asset Management is designed to integrate with -- and seamlessly extend -- SAP's solution for service parts management. This integrated composite application is designed to satisfy the unique and specific needs of complex capital equipment manufacturers in asset-intensive industries. With this debut offering, MCA and SAP are helping organizations meet the urgent demand for advanced service parts inventory optimization that consistently delivers lower costs and provides for better and faster service while driving bottom-line business performance.
The composite application is largely driven by customer demand, as many service leaders in diverse industries worldwide, including aerospace and defense, high tech and industrial machinery, already use MCA and SAP products. Companies in these industries leverage MCA's Service Inventory Optimization solution to meet their customer service requirements while significantly reducing inventory and overall supply chain costs.
"Working with SAP has delivered tremendous value to MCA and our customers," said Bob Salvucci, president and CEO, MCA Solutions. "Current customers and those evaluating our solution are quickly seeing the benefits of faster time-to-value through enterprise service-oriented architecture while getting even more out of their existing SAP investments."
Triple Point Technology
Triple Point Technology, a global supplier of cross-industry software platforms for the supply, trading, marketing and movement of commodities, is delivering Commodity SL, an integrated front-to-back office solution for the supply, trading and marketing of commodities. The new solution, built on SAP NetWeaver, seamlessly integrates real-time, market-based portfolio and risk management from Triple Point Technology with SAP's advanced logistical software solutions to enable organizations to make faster and smarter buy, sell, move and hedge decisions.
Holly Corporation, an independent petroleum refiner and marketer, is piloting the solution and sees promise in the innovation resulting from the relationship between Triple Point, SAP and customers.
"This is exactly what we've been looking for -- a solution that seamlessly integrates our trading and risk management functions with all of our back- office and other operations managed by SAP software," said Mark Evans, director, SAP Projects, Holly Corporation. "By combining real-time financial valuations with physical movements, we'll be able to make the most of profit opportunities across the whole supply chain. We are thrilled to be involved in this effort -- it's going to give us a big competitive advantage."
Visiprise provides a comprehensive manufacturing execution system (MES) solution including shop floor control, quality management and corrective/preventative action. These capabilities allow for improvement in enterprise manufacturing visibility and the ability to improve manufacturing results (quality and yield). The solution supports the road map for adaptive manufacturing -- a road map being furthered by growing customer adoption of SAP(R) xApp(TM) Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP xMII) -- and leverages customers' enterprise resource planning (ERP) investment through greater connectivity.
"As manufacturers look to optimize their existing infrastructures and enable business process innovation, customers are recognizing the flexibility, agility and competitive advantage of adopting enterprise service-oriented architecture," said Carter Johnson, vice president of Strategy and Business Development, Visiprise. "Visiprise and SAP are working together to leverage the power of both companies' applications in a tightly integrated fashion."
SAP Ecosystem in Action
As part of its platform strategy, SAP is building an open ecosystem to drive enterprise SOA adoption; foster co-innovation between SAP, customers and partners; and deliver value for all participants. Leveraging deep industry knowledge, a diverse community of partners and SAP NetWeaver as a platform for product and service innovation, SAP and its ecosystem are driving new dimensions of collaboration -- turning breakthrough ideas into innovative solutions for customers. A fact sheet on the SAP ecosystem is available at http://www.sap.com/company/press/factsheets/ecosystem.epx
Key figures for the SAP ecosystem: o More than 1,000 ISVs building software on the SAP NetWeaver platform o More than 1,500 SAP NetWeaver partner solutions o 855 "Certified for SAP NetWeaver" solutions from 522 integrated service providers o Nearly 600,000 registered SAP Developer Network (SDN) members o More than 50,000 registered Business Process Expert Community members o Five industry value networks (IVNs): o Chemicals o Consumer products o High tech o Public sector o Retail o More than 100 Enterprise Services Community (ES Community) members o Five active ES Community tracks: o Enterprise services for the banking industry o Cross-industry radio frequency identification (RFID) o Enterprise services for mobile o Enterprise services for the healthcare industry o Tax and revenue management for the public sector industry o SAP NetWeaver Fund: SAP recently announced a strategic investment in Questra Corporation -- the first investment out of the global SAP NetWeaver Fund, which was established in May 2006 to focus on strategic investments in companies building solutions on the SAP NetWeaver platform. (See related press releases: "SAP Establishes $125 Million Global SAP NetWeaver(R) Fund" from May 17, 2006; "SAP Announces Strategic Investment in Questra Corporation" from Aug. 15, 2006.)
"We are pleased with the continued momentum behind our ecosystem and the increasing number of software solution providers building applications on the SAP NetWeaver platform," said Zia Yusuf, executive vice president, Platform Ecosystem, SAP. "The real story, however, is the innovation that the SAP ecosystem is delivering to customers. By bringing together SAP, ISVs, SIs and customers to collaborate, customers win and breakthrough ideas are turned into innovative business solutions that deliver on the promise of enterprise SOA."
EMEA Enterprise Services Partner Summit
The EMEA Enterprise Services Partner Summit is the opening event of SAP(R) TechEd '06 in Amsterdam and provides SAP's software solution provider and implementation partners with an opportunity to learn more about the services, resources and programs available within the SAP ecosystem. For more information on the EMEA Enterprise Services Partner Summit, please visit http://enterpriseservicesforum.com/
SAP(R) TechEd '06 in Las Vegas, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Bangalore
More than 5,000 SAP customers, partners and technical community are convening at SAP TechEd '06 to learn how to transform existing business processes and IT landscapes and take advantage of the power and flexibility of enterprise service-oriented architecture. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, SAP's largest ecosystem education event of the year offers more than 900 hours of lecture-driven and hands-on sessions. Following successful events in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 12 - 15, and Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 5 - 6, SAP TechEd is being held in Amsterdam, Oct. 18 - 20 and Bangalore, India, Nov. 8 - 10, 2006. For more information, please visit www.sapteched.com.
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