Fujitsu says companies are moving to SOAs in order to be more responsive to customers and react more quickly to changing business needs. An Aberdeen Group survey of 284 Global 2000 companies revealed that by 2007, some 98% of these companies will be engaged in SOA projects and large companies expect to save as much as $53bn between 2006 and 2010 simply by applying SOA principles to application development and deployment.
With this in mind, Fujitsu believes that achieving the full benefits of shared services requires SAP Enterprise Services Architecture (ESA), SAP’s blueprint for putting SOA to work, and a flexible hardware platform capable of responding rapidly to dynamic business changes.
The company claims that, with the latest version of FlexFrame for mySAP Business Suite, companies can achieve a complete, top-to-bottom SOA deployment of mySAP applications based on SAP’s Adaptive Computing Initiative, resulting in greater agility and significantly lower total cost of ownership (TCO). The solution has been developed by Fujitsu in close cooperation with SAP, and essentially virtualises and automates IT infrastructures.
FlexFrame separates SAP applications from infrastructure resources, including computing power, the network, storage and control and system management. This separation, asserts Fujitsu, enables greater utilisation of the existing resources, resulting in a higher level of service to customers, greater adaptability to changing business demands, and lower overall TCO.