SAP Event Management provides preconfigured visibility patterns for procurement, fulfillment and manufacturing processes, giving customers better insights into those processes, SAP officials said. "Our SCM focus is on lower total cost of ownership," said Kagermann. "Weve listened to customer feedback and were very comfortable with this solution."SAP and IBM announced an extension of their strategic alliance to deliver SAP solutions for the small-to-medium business market on a global basis. The partnership previously only covered some European countries, Japan and Australia. In another move geared to the SMB space, SAP joined with BearingPoint Inc. to offer a pre-packaged mySAP All-in-One solution for small and midsize electronic device businesses, designed to be implemented in as little as 10 weeks and support financial, sales, operations, materials and manufacturing needs of those companies. SAP now has more than 270 specialized, vertical industry solutions based on mySAP All-in-One. SAP also announced a relationship with eBay that will enable SAP customers to sell their idle assetsexcess inventory and used capital equipment on eBay, but using sales, order fulfillment and financial processes from SAP R/3 and mySAP CRM. Kagermann had little to say about the Oracle-PeopleSoft-J.D. Edwards affair, though he said SAP would not buy market share even if Oracles acquisition of PeopleSoft does go through. "It would give us a clear No. 2 to compete against and make it easier for us to compete against them," Kagermann said. In the meantime, SAP is already trying to capitalize on the turmoil in the market, offering free migration assessments to PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards customers. Kagermann said SAP would continue to emphasize its trustworthiness as a technology provider compared to the embattled competition. "I feel that in our industry, its more than about trust, its about your ability to deliver on your commitments and understand your constituencies," he said.
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