SAP’s enterprise SOA strategy draws in more industry talent

July 31, 2007 by SAP News 0

Sydney, AustraliaSAP Australia and New Zealand today announced the appointment of Doug Gibson to the role of Director – Strategic Market Development – Business Process Platform (BPP), Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ).

Doug will be responsible for strategy and leadership in support of SAP enterprise Services Oriented Architecture objectives. He joins SAP from Oracle, where he was the Asia Pacific Director for Service Oriented Architecture.

The SAP BPP is a key driver for SAP. It provides partners and customers with access to SAP technology in the form of enterprise services and software components. The Platform provides an environment for the custom development and configuration of SAP applications.

“My main aim in this role is to drive adoption of enterprise SOA with a specific focus on business process management and composite applications,” says Gibson. “SAP combines a strong and proven focus on execution with a clearly articulated strategy and customer roadmap. The technology is proven and customers are delivering enterprise SOA with SAP today.”

“SAP has become one of the largest software companies in the world on the strength of its business process insights and expertise and its understanding of vertical industry requirements and idiosyncrasies. Enterprise SOA is ultimately about business process composition and integration, as opposed to technology interaction. SAP is uniquely positioned as a provider of enterprise SOA strategy and solutions.”

Prior to his tenure at Oracle, Doug spent eight years with IBM where he held a number of Asia Pacific and regional roles, including SOA Solutions Lead; Solutions Lead for IBM’s Integration, eCommerce & Product Information Management team and B2B Solutions Manager. He worked with large South African retailer, Woolworths, for seven years gaining extensive experience in store operations, merchandise planning, and supply chain and process improvement.

Doug enjoys playing golf, watching rugby and cricket and going to the theatre. He and his wife have just had their first daughter in July.