SAP to complete NetWeaver SOA product line at Sapphire conference

SAP is expected to roll out what it calls the final piece of a set of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) technologies built to support its business applications.

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SAP is expected to roll out what it calls the final piece of a set of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) technologies built to support its business applications.

SAP said that the new SOA-based NetWeaver products would be unveiled at the Sapphire 2007 user conference, this week.

The NetWeaver line includes a portal, a business data warehouse and data cleansing tools. The technology lets users create workflows for linking SAP and non SAP applications, the vendor claims.

The spokesman said that SAP also plans to announce that it has extended agreements with third party vendors, including Adobe Systems, to expand NetWeaver support in their applications.

The company's governance, risk, and compliance unit will also announce new products during the conference, he said.

The conference will be the first chance SAP has to reassure its user base of the company's future direction after the abrupt departure of last month of Shai Agassi, former president of the SAP Product and Technology Group, and the architect of the company's SOA strategy.

David Dobrin, an analyst at B2B Analysts, a US consulting firm, said that SAP needs to show users that it can focus less on its competition with rival and more on building better products for its users.

"The enemy is not the Oracle sales division, but the glacial changes in the market," Dobrin said. The company should instead focus on building lighter, more flexible applications with Web 2.0 interfaces that are attractive to both business and consumer users, he said.

SAP says that the Sapphire conference will attract some 14,000 attendees.

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