Customers Explore Enterprise SOA Innovation with SAP

First launched in 2006, the system provides companies with the opportunity to experiment with enterprise SOA by prototyping service-enabled composite applications specific to their business without disrupting existing productive systems. More than 400 companies have taken advantage of the low-cost testing environment in just 12 months, accelerating their transition to enterprise SOA with a hands-on learning experience. The release of the latest version of SAP Discovery system includes refinements based on feedback from customers and contains the latest SAP software and tools as well as business and industry scenarios for banking, telecommunications and public sector. The announcement was made at SAP TechEd ’07, being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 1 – 5, 2007.

Customers demonstrate benefits of SAP Discovery System

Companies around the world are using SAP Discovery system to systematically walk through different business scenarios to demonstrate the power of how enterprise SOA can be harnessed for designing fluid and effective business solutions. For many, SAP Discovery system has helped serve as a knowledge platform for their SAP project teams, helping them to understand the technical aspects required to design and develop business solutions for enterprise SOA.
Pre-configured with the latest version of SAP ERP, the SAP NetWeaver technology platform and a Max DB database, SAP Discovery system features a composite development toolbox providing customers with the opportunity to explore the latest SAP software in an environment mimicking their specific businesses. New SAP enhancement packages for SAP ERP are also included with all new functional enhancements to SAP ERP available as extensions, a new approach to enable customers to easily adopt ongoing innovations while maintaining the stability they require with their core business systems.
Tesoro Companies Inc., a leading independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products, has been using SAP Discovery system to explore benefits it could achieve by upgrading to SAP ERP. Using the system as a testing environment, Tesoro was able to explore a number of new SAP technologies including SAP NetWeaver to mimic the company’s production landscape quickly and cost-effectively.
“Using SAP Discovery system for enterprise SOA, we were able to accelerate our upgrade impact analysis project with its comprehensive pre-built SAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver environment,” said Michiel Espach, chief information officer, Tesoro Companies Inc. “We completed the upgrade research within 45 days – a fraction of the time and associated costs we would otherwise have spent.”

Additional features in SAP Discovery System

SAP has been helping an increasing number of customers worldwide and across industries to successfully implement enterprise SOA. In a first step, many of them chose to leverage SAP Discovery system, which can be quickly set up and ready to use with minimal configuration.
Additional features include the newest SAP solutions for governance, risk and compliance (SAP solutions for GRC) such as SAP GRC Access Control, SAP solutions for RFID, SAP Solution Manager, SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management, SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence and SAP NetWeaver Process Integration. SAP Discovery system is also ready for integration with Duet software and SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment.
“Companies are increasingly leveraging enterprise SOA to transform their business networks,” said Bernd-Michael Rumpf, global head of Field Services, SAP. “SAP Discovery system gives customers the benefit of trying our latest technology in their own environment without a large investment, allowing them to see themselves how SAP solutions deliver real and immediate value to their businesses.”

Availability of SAP Discovery System

SAP Discovery system ships pre-configured with sample business scenarios delivered as composite applications leveraging enterprise services, the latest version of the SAP NetWeaver platform, a composite development toolbox including the SAP Composite Application Framework, guided procedures and SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer, SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio, SAP Best Practices offerings and the Enterprise Services Workplace. SAP Discovery system can be ordered directly from Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens Computers and Hewlett-Packard.

SAP TechEd ’07 in Las Vegas, Munich, Shanghai and Bangalore

More than 15,000 SAP customers, partners and technical experts are convening at SAP TechEd ’07 to learn how to transform existing business processes and IT landscapes and take advantage of the power and flexibility of enterprise service-oriented architecture. Celebrating its 11th anniversary, SAP’s largest ecosystem education event of the year offers more than 1,000 hours of lecture-driven and hands-on sessions. SAP TechEd is being held in Las Vegas on October 1-5, Munich on October 17-19, Shanghai on November 6-7 and Bangalore on November 28-30. For more information, please visit

Source: SAP AG