SAPPHIRE® ’06 Announcements from Orlando, Florida

Sydney, AustraliaA summary of the SAPPHIRE ’06 announcements is included below. Press and analysts are invited to attend a press conference replay from SAPPHIRE® ’06, SAP’s international customer conference.

Geraldine McBride, CEO and Managing Director, SAP Australia and New Zealand, is available to provide a local perspective on the SAPPHIRE news announcements.

Partners, Customers and SAP Unite to Co-Innovate For the Public Sector and Consumer Products, High-Tech and Retail Industries
SAP announced the formation for four new “industry value networks” IVNs serving the consumer products, retail and technology industries and the public sector. RuleBurst—an Australian-owned—has joined the public sector IVN to develop a composite application that helps public sector customers automate rules processing to manage complex business rules and regulations. Other IVN partners include Accenture, Bearing Point, Hewlett-Packard and Invensys. Read the full story here.

SAP Launches Governance, Risk and Compliance Management Business Unit
SAP announced end-to-end solutions for governance, risk management and compliance (GRC), following completion of the Virsa acquisition. By embedding compliance into business processes, SAP makes compliance repeatable, sustainable and less costly for companies of all sizes in all industry segments. Read the full story here.

SAP Supercharges Business Intelligence

SAP announced general availability of the business intelligence (BI) accelerator, proven to increase the speed of analysing critical business information up to 200-times faster than alternative tools. SAP and Intel collaborated to co-develop the BI accelerator, an innovative analytical engine within SAP NetWeaver® Business Intelligence that crunches through terabytes of data in seconds. Read the full story.

SAP to Expand Sourcing Offering with Acquisition of Frictionless Commerce
Through the addition of Frictionless Commerce, SAP will be able to help customers act quickly and save strategically while also providing a seamless and easy migration to the proven and robust mySAP™ SRM. Frictionless Commerce’s On-Demand edition offers e-Sourcing capabilities available through a Web browser. Within days, organizations can run sourcing events and begin managing suppliers. Read the full story.

SAP Unveils SAP CRM 2006s and Road Map to CRM Hybrid Model by 2007
While announcing its road map to migrate its entire CRM offering to its previously-announced hybrid model by 2007, SAP also unveiled SAP CRM 2006s, the industry’s first hybrid on-demand/on-premise CRM suite, which offers new industry-specific capabilities, full Web service-enabling and an easy-to-use interface that is shared across on-demand and on-premise deployment options. Read the full story.

SAP Establishes $125 Million Global SAP NetWeaver® Fund
SAP announced the launch of a $125 million global fund to accelerate the ecosystem of independent software vendors (ISVs) building next-generation composite applications on the SAP NetWeaver® platform. The SAP NetWeaver Fund will focus on strategic investments in select companies committed to becoming part of the SAP ecosystem and building innovative solutions based on enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA). Read the full story.

SAP Announces the Global Availability of mySAP™ ERP 2005
The new version of mySAP ERP features more than 300 product enhancements to provide companies with better information access and decision support. In addition, SAP demoed an early version of a new, modernized user interface called “Project Muse.” Read the full story.

SAP Delivers Industry’s First Productized Enterprise Services

SAP announced it is the first to deliver standards-based, productized enterprise services as part of its platform. Organisations will have the ability to leverage the powerful combination of the integration and composition capabilities of the SAP NetWeaver® platform along with the industry’s first productized enterprise services—Web services that provide defined business logic. Read the full story.

SAPPHIRE 06 Press Conference Replay Available Now: www.sap.com/press
The press conference includes remarks from members of the SAP Executive Board, including SAP CEO, Henning Kagermann, on the latest news and product enhancements from SAP.

SAPPHIRE ’06 Press Room
Visit the SAPPHIRE, Orlando online press room for further information and supporting materials: http://www1.sapsapphire.com/usa2006/pressroom/index.epx