IBM has added SAP business software integration to two of its main productivity applications.
The move enables IBM’s Workplace and Notes systems to link with SAP enterprise resource planning applications without major upgrades to core systems.
The integration of SAP software with IBM productivity tools follows Microsoft’s move to offer greater integration with SAP systems through its Windows Office productivity suite.
Both IBM and Microsoft are aiming to give users familiar clients to work with when using SAP data.
However, unlike the Microsoft approach, which uses a separate add-on product, integration is being included in Lotus Notes 7.0.
IBM Workplace for SAP offers corporate functions such as 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 features.
Lotus Notes Access for SAP helps users integrate SAP data and business processes with Lotus Notes tasks, said IBM. These 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.