During its international e-business conference, SAPPHIRE, SAP displayed a bullish attitude, contradicting the current market malaise. SAP touts a multi-pronged answer to prevailing heterogeneous IT environments. The company is staking its future on five pillars - exchanges, portals and the three extended-ERP applications: customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), and product life-cycle management (PLM).
from SAP, PeopleSoft , Baan , Siebel Systems , and Oracle into portals solutions using IBM''s WebSphere Portal Server. SAP Portals'' OEM partnership with Baan offers customers the ability to strengthen the integration of disparate software applications throughout their enterprise. Technology from SAP Portals is deeply embedded within Baan''s Portal product. SAP Portals'' OEM partnership with Microsoft Corp . is designed to make it easy for corporations to integrate information from enterprise applications