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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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The Application Server War Escalates
At JavaOne in San Francisco, a battle ensued between BEA Systems CEO Bill Coleman, and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. In a truly ugly display of how contentious the

cgi sap alliance  using technologies such as CGI, Java, PERL, and others. Being able to buy an out of the box solution is tempting indeed. User Recommendations Customers involved in technology selections for application integration products for web applications need to keep a close eye on the Application Server market. TEC predicts that, after the inevitable fallout, the major players will still be BEA, IBM, Oracle, and iPlanet (a Sun / Netscape alliance). There will undoubtedly still be niche players, such as SAP,

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ERP for the Oil and Gas Industry (Upstream)

The model of ERP systems for the upstream oil and gas sector addresses the particularly specialized business model of this industry. It is common practice for companies, individuals, and government agencies to form partnerships to explore, develop, and share production of oil wells. More often than not, this is a short-term alliance rather than a long-term partnership, and business structuring must therefore be flexible at initial set-up and throughout the lifespan of the venture. This model of ERP systems includes criteria for financials, human resources, production data capture and reporting, maintenance management, and supply chain management (SCM) functionality. 

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SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), SAP's next-generation business suite, is being touted as the company's largest product development undertaking since the launch of the venerable client/server SAP R/3 offering in 1992. TEC's principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic takes an in-depth look at S/4HANA in his latest product note, including the advances made with the new product and how they result in the solution's promised simplicity, speed, and flexibility. SAP's release event left him with lots of questions though, and he explores how current customer migration will work and what challenges users and SAP may face in S/4HANA adoption and deployment.

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