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Sapphire: Siemens becomes largest mySAP portal user

SAP has won a landmark portal deal with Siemens, the German software company, announced at its Sapphire customer conference and trade show in Lisbon.

Siemens will provide mySAP Enterprise Portal (mySAP EP), a software product based on open standards that allows numerous third-party applications to be integrated to all employees worldwide, as well as global partners, customers and suppliers. For SAP, this is the largest number of users licensed in a single deal.

Siemens selected mySAP EP to help integrate its worldwide business processes and also to "reduce total cost of ownership of our huge IT infrastructure", said Friedrich Fröschl, chairman of Siemens Corporate Information and Operations.

The company's IT infrastructure includes different SAP R/3 systems with more than 130,000 users and other business applications from suppliers, including Baan, Commerce One, i2 Technologies, IBM and PeopleSoft, as well as different legacy systems.

Under the deal, mySAP EP will provide a common user interface for Siemens employees, reducing training time and making it easier for them to switch to and from different systems, SAP said in a statement.

The portal is also expected to reduce their information-retrieval time down to an average of 20% of each working day, while improving decision-making processes at the management level thanks to better access to data and information, the company said.

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