SAP is charging ahead with its approach to a service-oriented architecture and suggested that users should start thinking now about ways to join the drive.
Yesterday chairman and chief executive officer Henning Kagermann told a packed auditorium of users at SAP's Sapphire customer conference New Orleans that the company is fully committed to implementing its Enterprise Services Architecture (ESA), using the NetWeaver integration platform as a crucial tool, and urged them to start making their own plans today.
A good chunk of SAP's research and development efforts - and money - will go to the development of ESA and new enterprise services applications.
ESA is not a technology but rather a blueprint showing developers how to build new kinds of enterprise applications using web services, said Hilmar Schepp, director of product management for SAP's global ERP initiative.
"You need a plan, which is ESA, and you need a tool to enable this - that's NetWeaver," he said. "It's the hammer you need to pound the nail."
As SAP evolves toward a service-oriented architecture, its applications will progress into a mix of core products running on different platforms. On top of those products, customers will be able to build their own applications, or composite applications, otherwise known as xApps at SAP.
John Blau writes for IDG News Service