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NetworkWorld: The back end, Part 1: ERP

May 10, 2000, 15:17 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

"In choosing a server platform for a large-scale ERP rollout, a lot of enterprise network managers probably feel more comfortable sticking with operating systems from companies such as Microsoft, Sun and IBM for such a project. Another factor in the relatively low usage of Linux application servers has been the lack of application server software for the platform. This is starting to change, however, as more major ERP, database and application server software companies begin to jump on board the Linux platform."

"Most notably, ERP giant SAP recently announced that its popular R/3 suite and its mySAP.com business-to-business platform are now available for Linux. User demand was the main factor behind its announcement to do SAP on Linux, the company says. Offering SAP R/3 for Linux lets customers minimize costs for an ERP system by allowing them to use cost-effective Intel hardware and the inexpensive Linux operating system, according to SAP."

"The fact that SAP and SAP's customers have an extensive history with Unix helped to make the jump to Linux easier, SAP says. Because its users are, for the most part, Unix savvy, the learning curve for Linux is shortened."

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