Service Oriented Architectures Become Reality for SAP Customers

TRW Airbag Systems GmbH and VEKA AG are working closely with SAP to build out their ESA environments, which harness the power of Web services and serve as the architectural standard for aligning business process requirements with IT realities. These customer successes are testimonial to the increasing recognition of SAP NetWeaver as the technology platform for enabling ESA.
TRW Airbag Systems GmbH is a subsidiary of TRW, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers and a strong adopter of the SAP NetWeaver platform. TRW Airbag Systems GmbH has been moving forward in a step-by-step approach to leverage ESA as its enterprise-wide architectural standard. With its open architecture and alignment with Web services, the SAP NetWeaver platform supports enhanced cooperation across the enterprise to drive new production process efficiencies. The company expects to see increased automation of ordering processes, reduced capital commitment due to optimized materials management and closer alignment with TRW’s Six Sigma process optimization goals.
“Thinking globally and acting locally are not only the guiding principles of development, but are the realities of our production cycle,” said Richard Stanzel, managing director, TRW Airbag Systems GmbH. “With the SAP NetWeaver platform and Enterprise Services Architecture, we are building an IT landscape to pull together our global operations in an unprecedented format while also allowing us to focus on more efficient ways to produce regionally. The enhanced company-wide integration also allows us to react more quickly to price pressure from our global competitors.”
VEKA AG, one of the leading providers of synthetic profiles for windows, doors, shutters and plastic panels worldwide, is leveraging ESA to unify business processes across 33 subsidiaries on three continents. VEKA has chosen to use SAP NetWeaver as an integration platform to connect its disparate worldwide business systems. The company is then building the next part of its ESA evolution to consolidate global data, enable company-wide reporting and provide mobile data access for the sales force.
“For us, SAP NetWeaver provided an ideal platform for developing a service oriented architecture,” said Thomas Sauerland, CIO, VEKA AG. “Based on the ESA approach from SAP, our IT landscape will help our employees better collaborate with each other – and with our partners and customers – across company and national borders. We will also be able to react more flexibly and quickly to incoming demands and competitive challenges.”
“The implementations at TRW Airbag Systems and VEKA illustrate the growing market momentum for ESA and continued support for SAP NetWeaver as the platform for business growth and innovation,” said Shai Agassi, president, Product and Technology Group, and member of the executive board, SAP. “By leveraging SAP NetWeaver, companies can use a services-based approach to more flexibly respond to changing business needs. This further solidifies SAP’s position as a dominant force in the platform market, dedicated to helping our customers leverage IT for agility and competitive advantage.”

Source: SAP AG