SAP has announced an education and technology programme to make it easier for firms to move towards a service-oriented architecture (SOA).
The purpose of an SOA is to let the IT infrastructure respond to an organisation’s changing business needs and market requirements.
SAP’s enterprise services architecture adoption programme aims to offer a step-by-step approach to help companies manage the strategic transition to an SOA based on their individual needs.
SAP said the programme maintained the productivity of existing systems while helping companies create and implement a tailored enterprise services architecture by using SAP Netweaver-based web services.
"SOA initiatives can trigger a fundamental shift in the way organisations develop, deploy and manage their software landscape," said Sandra Rogers, an analyst at IDC. "Education, co-ordination and support across the enterprise is essential as companies seek to optimise their business processes and IT assets."
The SAP programme has four key steps:
- Enterprise services architecture workshops and total cost of ownership "discovery sessions"
- Building a tailored roadmap based upon individual customer needs
- Implementing the offering and going live
- Harnessing the value of an enterprise services architecture while effectively managing change.
At each step, SAP is providing customers with a portfolio of field-tested support services, which include tools, templates, samples and workshops tailored to address the separate needs of each organisation.