SAP says its Enterprise Services Architecture (ESA) is now available commercially to ease user migrations to new applications and processes.
ESA has been under development since 2003. It uses web service protocols and SAP's own NetWeaver middleware platform to integrate niche business processes into standard applications.
The availability of ESA was announced at the company’s technology conference in Vienna this week, and SAP now wants independent developers to adopt ESA and create ESA-ready products and services.
SAP estimates that almost a third of its customers will be using NetWeaver by the end of this year, and said NetWeaver users would be the firms in the best position to consider ESA.
The company said it was making 2,500 ESA consultants available to help customers adopt the platform.