Through the deal SAP will bundle Novell's eDirectory server with its ERP system in a bid to offer SAP users a secure environment that can be extended across corporate networks and the Internet.
Andy Baldin, Novell's European marketing director, said eDirectory could be deployed with SAP HR to make applications and IT services available to new staff when the human resources department sets up their details. "IT managers no longer have to take responsibility for loading new staff on to IT systems," said Baldin.
Using Novell's DirXML connector technology, he said, businesses could provide a repository for all user information across SAP applications and the company's IT infrastructure. The agreement also means Novell's technology will also operate with SAP Portals, allowing remote users to access to applications from wherever they log in.
Along with Novell's own NetWare operating system, the eDirectory software supports Windows NT, AIX, Solaris and Caldera Linux. The company is now developing a version that supports HP-UX.