NetWeaver Strategy Key Highlight

By Renee Boucher Ferguson  |  Posted 2005-09-27 Print this article Print

of SAP TechEd Conference"> Companies that have signed on to help SAP develop the ESCP forum include Adobe, EMC, Intel, Mercury Interactive and Symantec. Click here to read more about SAP chipping away at Oracles Fusion strategy.
Oracle, too, is leaning toward a partner-oriented approach with its Fusion Middleware, though not close to the degree of SAP. At its AppsWorld user conference in San Francisco last week Oracle, which in the past has had difficult relations with ISVs, announced its Single Stop Support program that provides ISVs with better access to Oracle engineering resources.
During the four-day conference Oracle executives from CEO Larry Ellison to Co-President Charles Phillips also took liberal jabs at SAP, deriding its approach with NetWeaver, its support capabilities, even its ability to move entrenched R/3 users to the latest mySAP suite. While SAP officials, based in Walldorf, Germany and Newtown Square, Penn., for the most part take a no comment approach in responding to Oracles digs, the software behemoth seems a bit rankled this time around. "The point is we are providing one unified technology stack that SAP is building on," said SAP spokesman Bill Wohl. "Then you have PeopleTools, Nexus, WebSphere [with Oracle]. They are all over the place with no strategy and no clear direction. Thats the big difference. Thats very much the contrary of what were trying to do." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.


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