One technology area SAP is focusing on that will help companies gain new efficiencies from their business practices is Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology integrated with SAPs supply chain applications, adding electronic product codes to products and shipments that will make them easier to track. "Not many technologies have no tradeoff, but this seems to be one," said Kagermann, pointing out that RFID will improve collaboration, business insights, efficiency, security and cost savings."Innovation is next, not the next budget killer." Another innovation at SAP is a new portal interface across its applications that is role- and pattern-based, customizable to the individual needs of each user. The interface is already in SAPs CRM suite but will become standard across all SAP applications, Kagermann said. Kagermann rambled on about the promise of the Adaptive Computing Infrastructure that SAP technologies like NetWeaver and Xapps support, which facilitate better business process integration between disparate applications. But ultimately, he laid responsibility at the feet of enterprises to drive innovation and strengthen the economy. "If you help us address the people factor, if you have an openness and willingness to adapt and listen, if you take some of the savings achieved and put them back into growth, then we wont be waiting for a recovery, well be creating the recovery," he said.
"We have a pilot project now that will be ready earlier than anybody else to give you competitive advantage," he said.