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InfoWorld: SAP takes ERP to the Web

Aug 19, 1999, 19:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stannie Holt)

"Although SAP will showcase some of its new Web technologies at its developers' and users' shows during the next month, the company's late start has left some wondering whether it can catch up with competitors in its Web integration efforts."

"SAP dominates the market for business applications in today's client/server market, but the Internet is starting to transform how business is done, who has access to information and can act on it, and how applications are delivered."

"In 1996, SAP began developing an "Internet-ready" architecture, dividing up its enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite, R/3, into mix-and-match components and adding Web interfaces, according to Gunther Tolkmit, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at SAP. But customers were not interested in these new Internet capacities then..."

"SAP first announced System mySAP.com in July. Its multi-faceted Internet strategy includes e-commerce, online trading sites, an information portal (mySAP.com), application hosting, and more user-friendly graphical interfaces. It will rely on Extensible Markup Language as a lingua franca to connect trading partners."

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