SAP has launched a programme to offer PeopleSoft and JD Edwards users a lower-cost alternative to Oracle's support and maintenance services.
The Safe Passage programme aims to provide the flexibility for user companies to plan maintenance and software migration strategies at their own pace and at an affordable price, SAP said.
Bill McDermott, president and chief executive, SAP America, said, "SAP Safe Passage gives companies an affordable way to protect their investments, ease integration with SAP Netweaver and begin the process of innovating their businesses."
SAP has also introduced an education and technology programme to help users move their enterprise IT to a service-oriented architecture (SOA).
The programme is based around the company's Enterprise Services Architecture, which was introduced in 2003 as SAP's blueprint for a business-driven approach to SOA.
The programme is built on SAP's application platform, Netweaver, which SAP said provides a foundation for moving to a services-based architecture.
"SOA initiatives can trigger a fundamental shift in the way organisations develop, deploy and manage their software landscape," said Sandra Rogers, an analyst at research firm IDC.
"Education, co-ordination and support across the enterprise is essential as companies seek to optimise their business processes and IT assets."
The programme focuses on enterprise services architecture workshops, roadmaps and change management to give users a portfolio of field-tested support services, SAP said.
It includes tools, templates, samples and workshops tailored for individual organisations.
SAP's four steps to an SOA
- Enterprise services architecture workshops and total cost of ownership "discovery sessions"
- Building a tailored roadmap based on individual organisations' needs
- Implementing the technology and going live
- Harnessing the value of an enterprise services architecture while effectively managing change.