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SAP Executive John Wookey

He Details Large Enterprise On-Demand Strategy at SIIA On-Demand Conference

Furthering its commitment to become a leader in the on-demand software space, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) recently announced the first details of its on-demand strategy for large enterprises. Dedicated to its installed customer base, on-demand software for large enterprises from SAP is planned to consist of function-specific software applications, available by subscription, which plug directly into a customer's on-site SAP(R) Business Suite software. The strategy was unveiled by John Wookey , executive vice president of Large Enterprise On-Demand at SAP, during his keynote presentation titled "Next Generation OnDemand" at SIIA On-Demand Europe 2009.

Wookey said SAP's large enterprise on-demand offering will help its customers innovate faster and extend the value of their current investments in SAP Business Suite. For example, the integration of data and processes helps ensure consistency with system and business configurations between the SAP Business Suite software and on-demand solutions from SAP. As a result, customers avoid many data sharing and integration issues that occur when dealing with disparate best-of-breed software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications or on-site software applications. Wookey also made it clear that SAP sees on-demand as the next big evolution in the IT industry, as well as confirmed the company's full commitment to this technology, which will also allow faster turn-around of customer requirements and closer collaboration between customers and vendors. In addition: 

  • All large enterprise on-demand applications will be powered by the Java-based Frictionless platform SAP gained through the Frictionless acquisition three years ago.
  • For large enterprises, SAP currently offers the SAP(R) Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) on-demand solution, the SAP(R) E-sourcing on-demand solution, and cap and trade software through the Clear Standards acquisition (see "SAP to Acquire Carbon Management Solution Leader Clear Standards, Inc."). Additionally, expense management software is expected to be launched in mid-2010.
  • The on-demand offering for large enterprises is part of a portfolio of solutions dedicated to different target groups, also including SAP(R) Business ByDesign(TM), an integrated on-demand solution dedicated to the midmarket, and the SAP(R) BusinessObjects(TM) OnDemand offerings-Crystal Reports(R) software, the SAP(R) BusinessObjects(TM) Information OnDemand portal and the SAP(R) BusinessObjects(TM) BI OnDemand solution-dedicated to business users small to large. 

For more information on on-demand software for large enterprises from SAP, please see John Wookey's keynote address given on June 10, 2009, at SIIA On-Demand Europe 2009.

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