CeBIT - SAP unveils Professional Services software

German software company SAP announced the global availability of a product for companies delivering professional project-based...

German software company SAP announced the global availability of a product for companies delivering professional project-based services at CeBIT yesterday.

MySAP Professional Services software targets professional service companies that provide project-based offerings. This latest product brings the number of industry-specific systems developed by SAP to 23.

The Professional Services software helps companies plan, organise, track and analyse their business activities, employees and costs.

SAP also used CeBIT to announce its intention to collaborate with Vodafone and HP in delivering mobile business systems and services to enterprises in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Under the agreement, SAP will provide its Mobile Business software while HP will offer a range of hardware, such as notebooks, Tablet PCs and mobile printers, and services, including consulting and systems integration. Vodafone will provide network connectivity.

Fielding questions at a news conference, SAP chief executive officer (CEO) Henning Kagermann said the company's US launch of its Business One software for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been delayed. it required some additional features and the need to build a new distribution channel, resulting in the delay, he said.

Kagermann declined to say when the software would be available. In Europe, Business One has about 1,300 customers and 100 distribution partners.

SAPreleased details of a beefed-up version of its enterprise resource planning (ERP) application that may appeal to existing or potential customers daunted by the prospect of rolling out the full set of mySAP software.

The product will bundle previously separate applications, including the SAP portal and exchange products, as part of the core offering. While customers can buy the product without having to also license customer relationship management or other modules, there will be core functions embedded in it, such as analytics for human resources and financials, said Deborah Schmidt, global vice president of enterprise solutions. 

Schmidt said SAP was exploiting its NetWeaver integration platform that will deliver portal, marketplace and business intelligence functions. This way, customers who primarily want ERP functions but also need some other functions, such as business analytics, will have a way of getting it more easily without procuring the full mySAP licence. 

MySAP ERP is available now.

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