Netweaver and ESA: the new integration glue

"Our NetWeaver and Enterprise Services Architecture technologies are the glue that will pull everything together," said Shai...

"Our NetWeaver and Enterprise Services Architecture (ESA) technologies are the glue that will pull everything together," said Shai Agassi, a member of the executive board of SAP.

Customers and software development partners have shown keen interest in NetWeaver, said Agassi at the Sapphire customer conference in Orlando.

NetWeaver is an integration and application server middleware serving as a platform on which all SAP business software will run.

Based on web services standards, it can link disparate applications and data sources, and is designed with heterogeneous IT systems in mind.

But integration is a means, not an end, Agassi said. "With NetWeaver, we aim to help companies integrate people, information and processes and thus lower operating costs."

ESA is SAP's blueprint for creating web services-based business software. It provides companies with a template for creating web services that extend across internal and external business systems.

John Blau writes for IDG News Service

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