SAP to operate web business directory

Enterprise resource planning software maker SAP has announced plans to become an operator for the Universal Description,...

Enterprise resource planning software maker SAP has announced plans to become an operator for the Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) Business Registry.

SAP will build, run and maintain a global UDDI node, joining existing operators Microsoft, IBM and Hewlett-Packard, said Peter Barth, SAP's technology marketing director.

The UDDI registry, billed as the first true Yellow Pages for the Web, proposes to make it easier for businesses to provide information about their products and services on the Web, as well as to find partners and customers.

Companies submit information to the registry free of charge. The registries are replicated across all nodes on a regular basis, making the same data available to all users, but on a non-centralised basis.

In addition to its role as an operator, SAP will let its customers register for the UDDI business registry through the SAP Service Marketplace.

"SAP will make all its applications' functionality available as Web services so you can go beyond just stating what your company is, but even, say, offer real electronic services such as a product availability check," said Barth.

SAP has already registered on UDDI, and is encouraging other businesses to do the same.

"What is lacking at this point is real, usable content," said Barth.

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