SAP, Microsoft Extend Partnership
At Sapphire, SAP announces a development relationship with Microsoft, as well as adaptive computing capabilities for NetWeaver and new packaged applications for the midmarket.NEW ORLEANSAt its Sapphire user conference here this week, SAP AG made a slew of announcements, primary among them a development relationship with Microsoft Corp., adaptive computing capabilities for NetWeaver and new packaged applications for the midmarket. Building on an established 11-year relationship, the newest agreement between Microsoft and SAP will provide for a deeper integration between Microsoft .Net and SAP NetWeaver integration platforms. Currently, more than 40,000 SAP installations run on Microsoft Windows, and almost two-third of SAPs new installations likewise are deployed on Windows, so the relationship makes sense. What it will provide to developers is the ability to extend SAP applications in a Microsoft environment.
The roadmap the two companies outlinedby SAP CEO Henning Kagermann in his keynote address supplemented with a video clip of Bill Gatescovers both technology and business fronts. On the tech front, SAP is running a beta program this summer that will enable developers using ASP.Net to customize and extend SAP applications. The customizations and extensions will be enabled by upgraded SAP Enterprise Portal development capabilities running on Windows and using Microsofts Visual Studio .Net development environment.