SAP, Microsoft reinforce partnership

Two of the world’s biggest software companies — Microsoft and SAP — have teamed up to build a new product that will provide greater integration of their business software programs.

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By  Caroline Denslow Published  April 27, 2005

Two of the world’s biggest software companies — Microsoft and SAP — have teamed up to build a new product that will provide greater integration of their business software programs. Codenamed “Mendocino”, the new product delivers SAP’s enterprise processes onto the desktop to enhance the user efficiency of those who are more accustomed to working in a Microsoft environment. Mendocino links SAP’s enterprise software directly to Microsoft’s more ubiquitous Office programs, letting users channel data from SAP solutions through Microsoft’s applications. In doing so, SAP processes — such as time management, budget monitoring, organisational management and travel and expense management — can be easily integrated with Microsoft Office. For instance, with the new product, users will be able to synchronise information between Microsoft Exchange Server and SAP, retrieve SAP information in Microsoft Excel and submit data via Microsoft Office InfoPath forms. “Today it’s too difficult for information workers to access the business information they need to make effective and efficient decisions,” said Jeff Raikes, group vice president for the Information Worker Business at Microsoft. “This product will go far to address this issue. Mendocino allows us to deliver more value to the many customers who use Microsoft and SAP products today and promises to put the power of enterprise systems at the fingertips of every information worker.” “The creation of this powerful new joint product builds on SAP’s 15-year strategic relationship with Microsoft,” added Shai Agassi, president of the Product and Technology Group and member of the Executive Board, SAP. “Together we are working to improve and simplify the knowledge worker experience by extending SAP business processes through Microsoft Office.” Mendocino leverages on the open interfaces of SAP’s Enterprise Services Architecture (ESA) and the Office suite, and the web services features of the .Net platform. Only those with mySAP ERP can use the product, which will be available for early access in Q405. As part of the partnership, the two companies have agreed to each resell the complete solution. SAP will resell Microsoft Office and Microsoft will resell licenses to SAP’s business process platform, which will be available in 2006. The business process platform is the next progression of NetWeaver, which will see SAP’s application integration platform transform into a platform for composing processes and composite applications based on the company’s ESA vision. It will also act as the foundation for the development and deployment of joint applications such as Mendocino.

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