SAP Ecosystem Continues to Show Strong Global Momentum

Feature Article | October 17, 2006 by admin

In addition to SAP, independent software vendors (ISVs) such as Callidus Software, MCA Solutions, Triple Point Technology and Visiprise are helping companies adopt the SAP NetWeaver platform to optimize their existing IT landscapes, reduce total cost of ownership and prepare for future business growth. The announcement was made at the EMEA Enterprise Services Partner Summit, being held in Amsterdam on Oct. 17.

Global SAP ecosystem delivers innovation

The SAP ecosystem is comprised of customers, systems integrators, as well as a hugely diverse set of software solution and technology providers ranging from “technology titans” to innovative, up-and-coming start-ups.

Callidus Software

Callidus Software, a leader in enterprise incentive management (EIM), recently achieved “Powered by SAP NetWeaver” status for its TrueComp and TrueInformation products. Callidus Software’s TrueComp solution enables companies to align corporate strategy with sales execution, while its modeling capabilities help prevent financial surprises related to incentive compensation cost. With the seamless integration provided between TrueComp and the SAP NetWeaver platform, customers benefit from a reduction in total cost of ownership and can further leverage their existing investments in SAP solutions.
“Today’s IT organizations aim to optimize existing infrastructures and enable business process innovation,” said Robert Youngjohns, president and CEO, Callidus Software. “Our customers recognize the flexibility and competitive advantages of adopting enterprise service-oriented architecture. Callidus Software is pleased to play an active role in the SAP ecosystem in North America and Canada. Callidus and SAP enable modern enterprises to run best-in-class incentive compensation management solutions while taking advantage of their existing investment in the SAP NetWeaver platform.”

MCA Solutions

MCA Solutions recently delivered the first composite application for service inventory optimization. MCA’s Service Inventory Optimization for SAP Service and Asset Management is designed to integrate with – and seamlessly extend – SAP’s solution for service parts management. This integrated composite application is designed to satisfy the unique and specific needs of complex capital equipment manufacturers in asset-intensive industries. With this debut offering, MCA and SAP are helping organizations meet the urgent demand for advanced service parts inventory optimization that consistently delivers lower costs and provides for better and faster service while driving bottom-line business performance.
The composite application is largely driven by customer demand, as many service leaders in diverse industries worldwide, including aerospace and defense, high tech and industrial machinery, already use MCA and SAP products. Companies in these industries leverage MCA’s Service Inventory Optimization solution to meet their customer service requirements while significantly reducing inventory and overall supply chain costs. “Working with SAP has delivered tremendous value to MCA and our customers,” said Bob Salvucci, president and CEO, MCA Solutions. “Current customers and those evaluating our solution are quickly seeing the benefits of faster time-to-value through enterprise service-oriented architecture while getting even more out of their existing SAP investments.”

Triple Point Technology

Triple Point Technology, a global supplier of cross-industry software platforms for the supply, trading, marketing and movement of commodities, is delivering Commodity SL, an integrated front-to-back office solution for the supply, trading and marketing of commodities. The new solution, built on SAP NetWeaver, seamlessly integrates real-time, market-based portfolio and risk management from Triple Point Technology with SAP’s advanced logistical software solutions to enable organizations to make faster and smarter buy, sell, move and hedge decisions.
Holly Corporation, an independent petroleum refiner and marketer, is piloting the solution and sees promise in the innovation resulting from the relationship between Triple Point, SAP and customers. “This is exactly what we’ve been looking for – a solution that seamlessly integrates our trading and risk management functions with all of our back-office and other operations managed by SAP software,” said Mark Evans, director, SAP Projects, Holly Corporation. “By combining real-time financial valuations with physical movements, we’ll be able to make the most of profit opportunities across the whole supply chain. We are thrilled to be involved in this effort – it’s going to give us a big competitive advantage.”

Visiprise

Visiprise provides a comprehensive manufacturing execution system (MES) solution including shop floor control, quality management and corrective/preventative action. These capabilities allow for improvement in enterprise manufacturing visibility and the ability to improve manufacturing results (quality and yield). The solution supports the road map for adaptive manufacturing – a road map being furthered by growing customer adoption of SAP xApp Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP xMII) – and leverages customers’ enterprise resource planning (ERP) investment through greater connectivity.
“As manufacturers look to optimize their existing infrastructures and enable business process innovation, customers are recognizing the flexibility, agility and competitive advantage of adopting enterprise service-oriented architecture,” said Carter Johnson, vice president of Strategy and Business Development, Visiprise. “Visiprise and SAP are working together to leverage the power of both companies’ applications in a tightly integrated fashion.”

SAP ecosystem in action

As part of its platform strategy, SAP is building an open ecosystem to drive enterprise SOA adoption; foster co-innovation between SAP, customers and partners; and deliver value for all participants. Leveraging deep industry knowledge, a diverse community of partners and SAP NetWeaver as a platform for product and service innovation, SAP and its ecosystem are driving new dimensions of collaboration – turning breakthrough ideas into innovative solutions for customers. A fact sheet on the SAP ecosystem is available here.

Key figures for the SAP ecosystem

  • More than 1,000 ISVs building software on the SAP NetWeaver platform
  • More than 1,500 SAP NetWeaver partner solutions
  • 855 “Certified for SAP NetWeaver” solutions from 522 integrated service providers
  • Nearly 600,000 registered SAP Developer Network (SDN) members
  • More than 50,000 registered Business Process Expert Community members
  • Five industry value networks (IVNs)
  • More than 100 Enterprise Services Community (ES Community) members
  • Five active ES Community tracks
  • SAP NetWeaver Fund: SAP recently announced a strategic investment in Questra Corporation – the first investment out of the global SAP NetWeaver Fund, which was established in May 2006 to focus on strategic investments in companies building solutions on the SAP NetWeaver platform

“We are pleased with the continued momentum behind our ecosystem and the increasing number of software solution providers building applications on the SAP NetWeaver platform,” said Zia Yusuf, executive vice president, Platform Ecosystem, SAP. “The real story, however, is the innovation that the SAP ecosystem is delivering to customers. By bringing together SAP, ISVs, SIs and customers to collaborate, customers win and breakthrough ideas are turned into innovative business solutions that deliver on the promise of enterprise SOA.”

Source: SAP AG

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