SAP Leads Industry Collaboration in Support of Enterprise Services
BOSTON, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Along with an impressive list of key industry partners, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced it continues to deliver on its vision of a business-driven approach to services-oriented architecture by creating the first cross-industry community process for enterprise services. Driven by George Paolini, who leads SAP's Platform Ecosystem group, the newly formed Enterprise Services Community Process will incorporate many of the successful attributes of open community processes such as Eclipse and the Java Community Process, adding additional momentum to SAP's market-leading progress in driving real-world applications of enterprise services for customers.
In addition to the Enterprise Services Community Process, SAP also announced the addition of seven new technology titans to a growing community that will license Enterprise Services Architecture (ESA), SAP's blueprint for a business-driven approach to services-oriented architectures, enabled by the SAP NetWeaver(R) platform. The announcements were made at SAP TechEd(R) '05, one of the industry's largest, hands-on technical education conferences, being held in Boston, Massachusetts, Sept. 27 - 30. Enterprise Services to Flourish from Partner, ISV, Customer Collaboration
With the introduction of the community process, SAP is taking a leadership role by creating the industry's first open forum that fosters developer collaboration in creating, consuming and running enterprise services and helps guarantee the quality of customer implementations. The need for such a forum was driven by the swift pace of partner alignment around ESA. For the first time, a community process in which collaborative business process innovation can flourish in an open and transparent forum will become the standard by which all enterprise services development is measured. The Enterprise Services Community Process is the only industry-driven method for defining enterprise services and is poised to become the preferred method for the SAP customer and partner ecosystem to achieve business process innovation through the use of enterprise services. Enterprise services use standard Web service technology to capture a "common language of business." This common language enables solutions from independent software vendors (ISVs), system integrators (SIs), partners, customers and SAP to compose innovative business processes on top of enterprise services while ensuring integrity of the business as well as robustness and speed of execution.
As part of the community process, ISVs and technology companies will be given the opportunity to achieve the "Enterprise Services-Ready" brand for their products through a certification process that ensures the implementation and consumption of enterprise services as defined by the community. "Enterprise Services-Ready" solutions are using standard Web services technology to provide enhanced flexibility, faster time to market, reduced cost of ownership and diminished risk for customers.
The presence of governing rules, expert groups and other traditional procedures used to create a community-based forum will shape the newly formed Enterprise Services Community Process with the aim of continuously delivering value and renewed relevance for members. With community members, SAP is committed to building an overall climate of trust and involvement. Through knowledge sharing and access to information, the community process will attract members to engage and consistently bring to market world-class innovations that will fuel the evolution of next-generation business solutions. Some of the companies that are involved in helping SAP refine the Enterprise Services Community Process include Adobe, EMC Corporation, Intel, Mercury Interactive Corporation and Symantec.
George Paolini, execute vice president of Platform Ecosystems, SAP AG, will drive the new Enterprise Services Community Process. Prior to joining SAP, Paolini was the founder of the Java Community Process, the widely renowned forum that energized a revolution in software programming that today has Java recognized as one of the most widely used technologies globally.
"With this new wave of partner alignment around enterprise services, we expect to bring thousands of enterprise services to life for our mutual customers through community collaboration," said Shai Agassi, president of the Product and Technology Group and member of the executive board, SAP AG. "Customers win when the ecosystem collaborates on a timely delivery of innovative technologies that solve deployment and integration issues. This architectural shift is happening now, and SAP is the only solution provider to bring together an enterprise-scale blueprint with ESA, an enabling platform in SAP NetWeaver, an available repository of more than 500 enterprise services, and now with Enterprise Services Community Process, a foundation of a collaborative process for building enterprise services."
Companies interested in learning about and joining the community process can sign up for updates at https://www.sdn.sap.com/sdn/index.sdn?page=escp.htm or by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as at the SDN Clubhouse at SAP TechEd '05 in Boston this week. Additional background is also available on SAP's unveiling of an Enterprise Services Architecture preview system. (See related press release titled, "SAP Previews More than 500 New Enterprise Services," available at: http://www.sap.com/company/press/press.epx?PressID=4515) Global Technology Leaders Support ESA
Just four months after announcing the first wave of technology "titans" who agreed to license ESA, SAP revealed that Avaya, Dell, HP, Network Appliance, Novell, Research In Motion and RSA Security will license ESA with the intent to provide "Enterprise Services-Ready" solutions. These companies join market leaders in hardware; networking; data storage and management; security; intelligent documents; desktop productivity applications; forms and user experience technologies; and testing and system management who previously announced their alignment around ESA. (See related press release titled, "Technology Titans Align Around Enterprise Services Architecture from SAP to Provide 'Enterprise Services-Ready' Solutions," available at: http://www.sap.com/company/press/Press.epx?PressID=4629)
The licensees of ESA will receive early access to SAP's growing catalog of technical information on enterprise services, the tools and capabilities to work with the architecture and development information such as data schemas, user interfaces, application models and security features necessary for automation of business processes on top of enterprise services. In addition, these ESA ecosystem partners will receive fully featured development and run- time tools that allow them to immediately build, test and certify "Enterprise Services-Ready" solutions.
These leading organizations are focusing on enterprise services as the common denominator to ease deployment and co-operation of technologies across the IT stack in order to reduce the risk and cost for customers. By extending application functionality deep into the IT stack, SAP is making the entire stack "business process aware."
SAP's vision of a shift to a services-based approach was first introduced in January of 2003 with the unveiling of ESA. Since then, more than 1,500 reference customers have begun the process of service-enabling their business processes across their entire IT landscapes by implementing and using SAP NetWeaver, the industry's first platform to successfully demonstrate the convergence of applications and infrastructure that enable the ESA blueprint.
Partner support for Enterprise Services Architecture is underscored in the associated addendum to this press release. About "Enterprise Services-Ready"
SAP has established "Enterprise Services-Ready" to identify products that incorporate the Enterprise Services Architecture, leveraging the power of business process services in the enterprise. This standards based certification ensures that SAP and partner ISV solutions that are "Enterprise Services-Ready" are able to extend ESA functionality across the IT landscape, to help organizations design, deploy, run and maintain innovative business processes at lower cost and higher flexibility. Industry support for Enterprise Services-Ready and ESA as the enabler of flexible, next-generation business continues to grow, already adopted by Adobe, Avaya, Computer Associates, Dell, EMC, HP, Intel, Macromedia, Mercury, Microsoft, Network Appliance, Novell, Research In Motion, RSA Security, Symantec and VERITAS. About SAP
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Partner Support for Enterprise Services Architecture from SAP Addendum to SAP Press Release Titled, "SAP Leads Industry Collaboration in
Support of Enterprise Services"
"With Interactive Forms powered by Adobe embedded in SAP's offerings, the possibilities expand dramatically for enterprise service applications that present and collect information 'in context' from anyone, anywhere inside or outside the organization," said Kurt Garbe, vice president of Platform, Adobe. "We're looking forward to helping define the Enterprise Services Community Process, ultimately to help customers take advantage of these new rich enterprise applications." Avaya
"SAP and Avaya have a shared focus on bringing the highest levels of process agility to business processes and we are working together to provide communication-enabled business applications using Enterprise Services Architecture," said Jorge Blanco, vice president, Strategic Marketing, Avaya. "We're delighted to be included in this prestigious roster and are confident that together we can deliver increased value to our customers." Dell
"Customers today require a scalable and flexible IT infrastructure to support ongoing change and business process innovation," said Linda York, vice president of global alliances, Dell Inc. "SAP is a valued alliance partner and it is clear their approach to Enterprise Services Architecture will enable Dell customers to more easily integrate web services with industry-standard servers to achieve more flexibility in their business processes." HP
"HP continues to drive innovation and contributions to SOAs as a key pillar of our Adaptive Enterprise strategy," said Russ Daniels, vice president and CTO, Software and Adaptive Enterprise, HP. "As strategic partners, HP and SAP share a common vision of service oriented architecture and helping our joint customers to increase agility, reduce cost of ownership and lessen their risk. Industry-wide collaboration on Enterprise Services Architecture is an important step that will help customers achieve the benefits of SOAs more simply and with faster time to market." Mercury Interactive Corporation
"The adoption of Web services and service oriented architectures is fundamentally changing the way IT is delivering business outcomes," said David Reichman, vice president of products and business solutions, Mercury. "Mercury is pleased to work with SAP to help our joint customers optimize the business value of mission-critical applications and make sure that their ESA deployments meet the needs of the business." Network Appliance
"NetApp and SAP plan to deliver a set of storage virtualization capabilities under Enterprise Services Architecture that allows faster deployment, and increased flexibility and uptime of SAP applications to provide a higher level of service to users for increased productivity," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Products and Partners, Network Appliance. "NetApp is focused on simplifying data management for customers, and working with SAP on this endeavor is another leap in that direction." Novell
"More and more SAP users are deploying Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to provide centralized server and network services that reduce their total cost of ownership in the long term," said Hal Bennett, vice president of global alliances, Novell. "Novell is pleased to work with SAP to help our joint customers successfully deliver and manage their ESA initiatives." Research In Motion
"Research In Motion is already embracing the Web services model within the BlackBerry architecture and looks forward to participating in the collaborative efforts of the Enterprise Services Community Process," said David Yach, senior vice president of software, Research In Motion. "ESA gives customers a simple, flexible framework for developing Web services-enabled enterprise software and BlackBerry MDS(TM) will leverage that framework to further enable and empower mobile users with secure, push-based connectivity via their BlackBerry devices." RSA Security
"RSA Security is pleased to be working with SAP to further the adoption of service oriented architecture," said Bronislav Kavsan, vice president of engineering, RSA Security. "The SAP initiative offers an actionable blueprint that will bolster RSA Security's efforts to deliver highly robust and secure identity and access management solutions to customers worldwide. As an industry leader in securing complex technology environments, RSA Security applauds this effort to simplify the design and deployment of enterprise software infrastructures." Symantec
"Symantec is committed to providing its customers with solutions that secure enterprise applications in diverse environments. SAP's strong partnership with Symantec and its commitment to joint innovation with the Enterprise Services Community Process provides exciting opportunities to shape the next generation of Enterprise Services for security and availability."
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