SAP Continues Collaboration with Microsoft

The support for the updated Microsoft products will provide customers with the opportunity to achieve enhanced manageability and performance, higher reliability, as well as lower total cost of ownership and tightened security of their IT investments. Business Objects also announced the availability of a new version of Crystal Reports as an integrated reporting solution within the new version of Visual Studio. The announcement was made at the Microsoft LaunchWave 2008 event, being held in Los Angeles, California.

“One of the many attributes SAP and Business Objects have in common is a successful and long-standing relationship with Microsoft,” said Zia Yusuf, executive vice president, Global Ecosystem and Partner Group, SAP AG. “We are pleased to further underscore our support for Microsoft during this launch, and look forward to continued collaboration in the future.”

Protecting the customer investment

Following the recent acquisition of Business Objects by SAP, customers running SAP applications and Business Objects solutions on these Microsoft products can now enjoy even broader support. The two companies share a long history of providing support for Microsoft products.

Some key SAP initiatives include: SAP applications running on Windows Server and SQL Server, support for customers moving to the latest version of the SAP ERP application on SQL Server, interoperability between the SAP NetWeaver technology platform and Microsoft .NET and Duet™ software, a jointly developed product that integrates Office with SAP applications leveraging enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA). Further, Microsoft currently runs its SAP ERP productive systems on pre-release versions of SQL Server 2008 for real-life testing for the product.

“Customers are excited about the vibrant ecosystem that has developed around Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008,” said Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft Corp. “These business-critical SAP products and Business Objects solutions will help ensure that customers will drive real value from our new platform from day one.”

“Last year, SAP and Microsoft announced joint investments and support for customers moving to SAP ERP 6.0 and migrating their database platform,” said Klaus Kreplin, corporate officer and member of the Executive Council, head of SAP NetWeaver Technology, SAP AG. “In addition to the business benefits of an upgrade to SAP ERP 6.0, SAP’s support of SQL Server 2008 will provide an even more compelling value proposition to customers with expected gains in performance, higher availability, increased security and reliability with a low cost of ownership.

The commitment of Microsoft to support enterprise-critical applications with SQL Server 2008 will provide SAP customers with an even better platform to efficiently operate SAP applications.”

Crystal Reports Basic for Visual Studio 2008

The combination of SAP and Business Objects solutions provides a unique, content-rich and comprehensive business performance optimization suite, integrating business strategy with operational execution to enable process changes and business and IT events to be monitored and managed consistently in a closed-loop process. These solutions will also be available on the latest versions of Microsoft’s products.

For 15 years, Crystal Reports has been integrated with Visual Studio, enabling developers to design and embed reports directly within the applications they create in the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE). Crystal Reports Basic for Visual Studio 2008 gives developers a quick, productive way to create and integrate presentation-quality reports into applications without leaving the Visual Studio environment.

With Crystal Reports Basic for Visual Studio 2008, developers can now connect to existing Business Objects deployments, leveraging data from across their business intelligence infrastructure for these embedded reports. Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2008 delivers improved scalability and speed, and also allows developers to leverage their existing IT infrastructure.