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By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2005-05-20 Print this article Print

Its all indicative of how "analytics is everywhere," for the masses, in upcoming SAP products, Agassi said. Reports will come in to Outlook in-boxes, available in HTML and other formats that users can then subscribe to on a user-specified basis—say, four times a day or monthly. Such reports will also be available to forward to colleagues or partners. The reports will be connected to the back-end system, Agassi said, so any changes made to the reports in the Outlook environment wont have to be rekeyed in a separate application.
Other functionality will include enhanced calendar capabilities that will be useful for those who have to track their billable time, Agassi said. Because calendar information will be in the form of Outlook objects, it will also be sortable, thus presenting the potential to see various overviews of completed activities. This early look at Mendocino, due out by years end, was a hit with both analysts and showgoers. "As a user, my goal is to have those tools that I use the most be linked to one another in ways that make me the most productive," said Melinda-Carol Ballou, principal analyst at Ballou IT Strategies, in Bedford, Mass. Ballou said that at this stage, Mendocino promises to provide users with "the content I need, and the ability to collaborate, so I can innovate and be adaptive in a competitive environment." In so doing, Mendocino is one key to helping customers figure out how users can do their jobs well, Ballou said—making both the upcoming technology and SAPs underlying ESA (Enterprise Service Architecture) a smart strategy and, most importantly, something thats real and not vaporware. "SAP says, Well do open platform partnering with whom we have to partner, and theyre doing what they need to do," she said. "Its not mere verbiage. It would be if we didnt have dates for when these things are coming out." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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