SAP Launches New Community for Public Security

Feature Article | January 29, 2008 by SAP News

The new IVN will join 15 existing industry-focused IVNs hosted by SAP and brings together customers, partners and SAP to develop solutions that solve the unique challenges of the public security industry. The solutions are based on an enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA) and open standards to fuel a new dimension of industry interoperability and collaboration.

The new public security network fosters collaboration among independent software vendors (ISVs) such as Adobe (interactive forms), Cognitec (facial recognition technology), Daon (identity assurance software and services), ESRI (geographic modeling and mapping technology), Genesys (contact center solutions), Human Inference (solutions to enhance the quality of data), Idematrix (biometric identity management solutions), Ontos (semantic technologies and solutions), Open Text (enterprise content management solutions), technology vendors such as Cisco (IP networks) and systems integrators such as Capgemini and Itelligence.

The IVN members are collaborating to solve industry-wide pain points in the areas of investigative case management, intelligence-led policing, identity management, emergency management as well as operational resource management by co-innovating end-to-end business processes running on a common business process platform. Partner applications will leverage the SAP NetWeaver technology platform.

ESRI and Capgemini help power public security success

ESRI is among the inaugural participants of the IVN for public security. Much like the IVN itself, ESRI helps organizations meet their critical public security requirements with flexible, open, standards-based technology, while providing SOA-based geographic information system (GIS) integration capabilities for the geospatial enablement of a common platform and applications from SAP.

“Working with SAP and its partners on the development of enterprise services-based solutions is a natural choice for us since we strongly advocate increased collaboration among security providers to help secure borders and protect citizens,” said Steven Benner, director of Strategic Accounts, ESRI. “This new community allows us to more closely engage with best-in-class security organizations and technology providers to share their experience, identify value opportunities and develop solutions to meet emerging and often quickly changing needs.”

“Capgemini has been delivering solutions for public security customers for many years,” said Jaap Roos, vice president Public Security, Capgemini. “Our customers are telling us about the importance of end-to-end solutions for their most pressing business needs in public security based on a solid business process platform. We are pleased to be an active participant in the IVN for public security, working jointly with SAP, our customers and ISVs to co-innovate and deliver complete industry solutions for public security on an open platform to our customers.”

Industry value networks in action

SAP has been a pioneer in orchestrating communities to help customers solve industry-specific business challenges. SAP introduced the first IVN for banking in 2005 and launched its IVN for public sector in May 2006.

The company now has 16 industry value networks, including aerospace and defense, automotive, banking, chemicals, consumer products, forest and paper, high tech, insurance, industrial machinery and components, mining, oil and gas, public sector, public security, retail, travel and logistics services, and utilities.

“Today’s public security organizations are faced with increased threats in the form of criminality, terrorism, fires, floods, hurricanes, and biological agents, making the job of maintaining public security tougher than ever before,” said Rod Massey, vice president Public Sector, SAP AG. “Public security organizations need flexible, innovative IT solutions to help them address these challenges. With the IVN for public security, SAP and its partners bring unmatched industry expertise, best-practice business processes and platform leadership – plus the co-innovation of the ecosystem – to help address the critical and rapidly changing needs of public security professionals worldwide.”

About SAP for Public Sector

SAP for Public Sector solutions help governments maximize their public value. Running on a business process platform from SAP, these solutions optimize public administration processes and improve service responsiveness to help governments achieve shared outcomes across various lines of business.

With SAP’s experience and market leadership in public sector shared services deployments, coupled with the public ROI assessment methodology from SAP, governments can achieve and measure the financial, social and political dimensions of their public value. SAP is the leading provider of enterprise business solutions to the public sector, with more than 1,500 customers in 70 countries.

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