IBM is offering SAP business software integration for two of its main collaboration products.
Both IBM’s Workplace and Notes systems can now work with SAP applications without any major upgrades to the core systems.
The integration offered by IBM’s Notes system with SAP follows Microsoft’s recent move to offer greater integration with SAP through its own Office collaboration suite.
Microsoft and SAP will ship their Duet integration system from next month. The product was formerly codenamed “Mendocino”. IBM’s Notes integration system will be available from this month, along with the Workplace solution.
Both IBM and Microsoft are seeking to give users familiar applications to work with when using SAP data. Microsoft’s Outlook e-mail client is expected to be widely used with Duet.
IBM Workplace for SAP functions include scorecards, dashboards, alerts, document and content management, e-forms, instant messaging, and user presence awareness. Planned future enhancements include employee and manager self-service functions and contractor management.
IBM Lotus Notes access for SAP helps customers integrate SAP data and business processes with Lotus Notes tasks. The processes include holiday workflow, time reporting, contact management, and report generation. All these tasks are performed through the Notes client.
Workplace for SAP costs from £87 per user. IBM Lotus Notes access for SAP is free to Notes users.