SAP and Microsoft are to release their joint Mendocino data integration package this Friday.
The launch follows the release of Mendocino version 1.0 to 50 users and partners at the end of last year.
Graham Conlon, SAP’s programme manager for Mendocino in the EMEA region, confirmed, “On 28 April the product will be available to the public.”
Mendocino integrates SAP back-office business applications with Microsoft’s Office products, allowing users to access business data from SAP applications through a more familiar interface.
The aim is to help users access and manipulate budgeting, human resources and billing information stored in corporate SAP databases more easily. Mendocino will also include analytics presenting data in easy-to-use formats via Office.
The Mendocino release is one of a number of moves aimed at promoting Microsoft Office as the way in to business software. In January, Microsoft issued free software giving access to Siebel customer information platforms via the Outlook e-mail program.