SAPPHIRE news and announcements

The SAPPHIRE 07 took place a few weeks ago in Atlanta, time to sum up some news and announcements from there:

  • SAP and Adobe will deliver an e-learning suite, integrated in SAP ERP, to offer online-trainings within the SAP environment
  • New features of the coming NetWeaver-Release:
    • “State-of-the-art user-experience”: The SAPGUI-successor “NetWeaver Business Client” (aka “Project Muse“), an enhanced and more ergonomic user-interface for the Portal (with the help of AJAX), and some Web2.0-functions within the portal like e.g. a wiki-system
    • Support for the new Java EE 5 standard
    • NetWeaver “Process Integration” (PI), formerly Exchange Infrastructure (XI), contains new features (e.g. Business Activity Monitoring) and performance improvements
    • NetWeaver “Composition Environment” (CE), a Java-based modeling- and development environment (including and bundling together WebDynpro, Visual Composer and Composite Application Framework)
  • SAP will continue the cooperation with Microsoft on Duet, bringing some new features in the upcoming releases, like connection to SAP CRM and SCM, a development platform to build own integration scenarios and integration with MS Sharepoint
  • There was not much talk about “A1S”, the coming on-demand solution for the mid-market. Probably the launch of the product is postponed to 2008, Q1 or even later. A1S has it’s own code-base, but is based on NetWeaver like other SAP solutions. It will contain a set of web-services which allow to build own extensions for the standard-product, although it is hosted on SAP-servers. There will also be a kind of market-place for these extensions, comparable to the “AppExchange” of salesforce.com.
  • “mySAP ERP 2005” is now called “SAP ERP 6.0”. Back to the roots… ;-)

Sources and continuative links:
http://searchsap.blog-city.com/sapphire_2007_quick_takes.htm
http://searchsap.blog-city.com/sapphire_2007_quick_takes_part_2.htm
http://blog.danmcweeney.com/24
http://www.accmanpro.com/2007/04/24/sapphire-07-day-1-the-wrap/
http://www11.sap.com/company/press/press.epx?PressID=7615
http://www.ekampf.com/blog/2007/04/24/DuetAtSapphire.aspx
http://www.sap.com/company/press/press.epx?PressID=7597
http://www.sap.com/company/press/press.epx?PressID=7690
http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=4903
http://sapport.blogspot.com/2007/04/all-in-one-a1s-business-suite.html
http://www.accmanpro.com/2007/04/27/amr-sees-a1s-confusion-reigns/

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