IT-Analysis: SAP ships Linux to first 100 customers

“Almost one year ago, SAP became the first major applications
company to commit to Linux. SAP’s market leading R/3 ERP system is
now generally available on this platform and has already shipped to
100 customers. One of these is Goodyear Dunlop Tires Europe. A
spokesman for this company referred to the ‘technical quality,
reliability and stability of the Linux operating system for running
R/3’. Leverage of existing Unix skills was also mentioned. SAP
refers to ‘tremendous demand’ for this solution and is very bullish
about its potential. The rest of the mySAP.com product portfolio,
CRM, APO and so on, will be released on Linux
in due

“SAP is not known for doing things by halves. In true SAP style,
the have invested time making sure that all of the quality and
services related issues have been dealt with before announcing
general availability. … The Critical enterprise enhancements in
this [Red Hat 6.1 Enterprise Version 1.0] version of Linux include
full native language support that makes it suitable for
multinational, mission-critical applications. SAP is also
leveraging its significant influence with hardware partners and
systems integrators to ensure that end-to-end support for the Linux
release is available.”