SAP extends Enterprise Portal to enable unified architecture

ERP giant SAP has released version 5.0 of its Enterprise Portal, bringing the company's mySAP vision of merging people,...

ERP giant SAP has released version 5.0 of its Enterprise Portal, bringing the company's mySAP vision of merging people, information and processes closer to reality, writes Antony Adshead.

SAP said its new offering will provide a unified portal architecture across the enterprise, giving swift access to information to the right people. To support this, SAP has extended the portal to include automatic content synchronisation, a knowledge management platform and a set of portal packages with pre-defined user profiles.

Business intelligence integration is also catered for by allowing data from these sources to be combined with reporting, analysis, planning and simulation models to provide actionable business analysis to corporate users.

The company says these elements can turn unstructured data into structured information and apply categorisation, support collaboration, and allow search and notification functions to be accessed by users seeking specific information.

SAP's Dragℜlate technology allows users to merge information from a variety of sources, including datawarehouses, unstructured documentation, the Internet and Web services. An Internet management capability gives users access to Web content and services through the portal according to their role.

The new products follow SAP's commitment to support Microsoft's .net platform and natively support IBM's Websphere tools. This means SAP will be able to offer its application server and a portal development kit on both .net and J2EE.

The moves indicate that SAP is preparing to satisfy demand for access to a variety of Web services platforms from the mySAP platform. This will maximise the resources that mySAP users can draw information from.

New features
The following functions have been added to version 5.0 of SAP's Enterprise Portal:
  • Automatic content synchronisation

  • A knowledge management platform

  • A set of portal packages with pre-defined user profiles

  • Business intelligence integration.

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