SAP and HP on the Web Together

  • Written By: A. Turner
  • Published: January 7 2000

Event Summary

Hewlett-Packard has announced it is using as a key component for its world-wide internal operations. "" is an Internet portal which connects thousands of SAP customers to each other. HP's implementation, will allow the development of a common backbone linking employees, customers and partners. The announcement builds on a 10-year HP and SAP relationship that has led to 6,000 installations of SAP R/3 on HP systems and more than 100 businesses outsourcing the management of their R/3 environments to HP.

The agreement also enables HP's IT organization to work with SAP in an effort to enhance functionality in areas such as product life-cycle management, planning and optimization, and business intelligence.

In addition, as part of a joint development effort, SAP is exploring how to integrate e-speak into to introduce dynamic brokering capabilities into Workplace and Marketplace solutions.

Market Impact

By strategically aligning its internet solution strategy with an organization such as Hewlett-Packard, SAP has established a test bed and solution champion. A successful implementation will provide SAP with the necessary product feedback and case studies to advance to a leadership position within the ERP web solutions arena.

As implementation details, product feedback and digital marketplaces evolve, we expect the recent SAP announcements to open the door for additional customer partnerships and increased adoption of services in the next 7-9 months.

User Recommendations

While this announcement holds little bearing on users today, it may help those considering an SAP ERP/web based solution. The news is positive as it indicates SAP and Hewlett-Packard have a vested interest in the web and expect to deliver a host of business efficiency solutions.

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