SAP and Microsoft are about to start customer tests on the Mendocino business integration platform.
The Mendocino software is designed to link SAP’s back-office ERP systems with the Microsoft Office collaboration suite, to allow customers to use a familiar Microsoft user interface when working with back-office business data.
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The first commercial version of Mendocino has been promised for next summer, although about 40 customers are to test the product this month. More customers are expected to be added to the testing phase next spring.
Using Mendocino, corporate data in a SAP business format can be automatically sent to a user’s Outlook e-mail in-box, for instance.
Modifications to the reports can be made in Outlook and then sent back to the main SAP data repository.
This can all be done without the user having to leave a familiar data processing platform, and reducing the amount of time it takes to make modifications to important business data.