SAP has announced that its NetWeaver platform has compatibility with Java Enterprise Edition 5, allowing users to develop robust Java applications based on the platform.
The business software giant has offered support for Java technology since 2003 but said its latest milestone would speed users’ application projects by supporting developments based on the latest mature technology standards.
Compatibility between SAP’s NetWeaver Application Server and Java EE 5 would allow faster development of enterprise service orientated architecture based applications and reduce total cost of ownership for businesses, SAP said.
The announcement comes against a background of increasingly bitter rivalry between SAP and Oracle, whose chief executive Larry Ellison used a quarterly results announcement last month to suggest the firm was struggling to adapt to the SOA approach.
“SAP appears to be rethinking its strategy as it loses application market share to Oracle and confronts the difficulties of moving its application software to a modern Service Oriented Architecture,” Ellison said.
A preview of SAP’s Java EE 5 implementation is available for download on SAP Developer Network at www.sdn.sap.com.