SAP Consulting Accelerates Customers' Enterprise SOA Road Maps


New Value-Added Consulting Services Portfolio Accelerates Customers' Evolution to Enterprise SOA Using Proven and Efficient Methodology

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 18 / - Delivering on its commitment to help customers experience the business value of enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA), SAP AG (NYSE:SAP) today announced the worldwide availability of new consulting services to aid customers' transition to enterprise SOA. The new consulting services provide unique guidance applying methodology to link business with IT in a strategic approach, and are combined with a consistent, sequenced and incremental set of services and associated accelerators that are leveraged by customers, partners and SAP as provided by the enterprise SOA adoption program. The announcement was made at SAP® TechEd '06, being held in Amsterdam, Oct. 18 - 20.

The new consulting services are available through SAP Consulting and are designed to deliver against the accelerating demand for services that support companies' transitions to enterprise SOA.

o SAP Business Strategy for Enterprise SOA service builds on a comprehensive methodology that helps customers define an enterprise SOA strategy that unifies business and IT requirements.
o SAP Enterprise Services Modeling service helps customers build a model-based implementation design leveraging enterprise services. It aligns customers' specific process requirements, starting from SAP's proven best business processes. The result is the complete realization process extending from a service-oriented business model towards an SOA-compliant implementation design.
o SAP Organizational Planning and Governance for Enterprise SOA service delivers best practices to further develop customer organizations for fully realizing the benefits of service-oriented architectures while aligning governance processes and structures.
o SAP Strategic Data Services for SAP NetWeaver® MDM is a value-added service designed to assist customers with end-to-end SAP NetWeaver® Master Data Management (SAP NetWeaver MDM) implementations. The service recognizes and offers customers expert guidance in many key areas such as data governance, data quality analysis, optimal design and implementation of data consolidation, related business rules and matching strategies. It complements a range of services already available to customers, thereby ensuring that customers receive leading technology from SAP and the accompanying services necessary for faster and easier implementations during upgrades and transition toward enterprise SOA.

With the new consulting services, SAP delivers on customer needs for a comprehensive methodology that links customers' business and IT requirements to support their enterprise SOA strategy. The result is that strategies can be developed to reflect the timeline that best suits customers' business needs with the appropriate combination of mySAP(TM) ERP 2005 upgrades and services.

"SAP Consulting has conducted the SAP Business Strategy for Enterprise SOA service as part of a feasibility study to assess different options of a process and IT landscape harmonization," said Antonio d'Alessandro, IT Director APTAR Group. "The results of the service have shown the road ahead delivering important insights for us on how enterprise SOA will contribute to our business success."

"We are providing customers with the clear services that will enable their successful transition to enterprise SOA, delivering affordable value that will ensure they retain the agility necessary to meet their business demands," said Bernd-Michael Rumpf, head of Global Field Services at SAP AG and CEO of SAP Systems Integration AG. "By addressing a clear and proven methodology towards this transition, SAP Consulting is delivering the quality reassurance businesses are seeking as they embrace enterprise SOA strategies and deployment."

Enterprise SOA Adoption Program

The enterprise SOA adoption program provides a consistent, sequenced and incremental set of services and associated accelerators leveraged by customers, partners and SAP. The program facilitates the successful adoption and implementation of the SAP NetWeaver® platform as a foundation for enterprise SOA, providing customers with a responsible and feasible approach toward their enterprise SOA evolution. Core services within the program are being extended by SAP customers and partners to provide a complete set of value-based services in alignment with SAP's proven customer engagement life- cycle (CEL) methodology.

SAP® TechEd '06 in Las Vegas, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Bangalore

More than 15,000 SAP customers, partners and technical community are convening at the SAP® TechEd '06 event series 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 at each location. 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.

About SAP

SAP is the world's leading provider of business software*. Today, more than 34,600 customers in more than 120 countries run SAP® applications - from distinct solutions addressing the needs of small and midsize enterprises to suite offerings for global organizations. Powered by the SAP NetWeaver® platform to drive innovation and enable business change, SAP software helps enterprises of all sizes around the world improve customer relationships, enhance partner collaboration and create efficiencies across their supply chains and business operations. SAP solution portfolios support the unique business processes of more than 25 industries, including high tech, retail, financial services, healthcare and the public sector. With subsidiaries in more than 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP." (Additional information at www.sap.com/ )

(*) SAP defines business software as comprising enterprise resource planning and related applications such as supply chain management, customer relationship management, product life-cycle management and supplier relationship management.

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During SAP® TechEd '06 (from Oct. 18 - 20), to speak with press contacts on site, please dial the SAP press room at +06227 7-74 053.

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Source: SAP AG

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