• June 16, 2005 16 Jun'05

    SAP explains embedded analytics

    SAP is rolling out more than 200 composite applications that the software maker said will drive embedded analytics into its core applications and place analytical tools in the hands of end users. In part one of a two-part interview, Roman Bukary, ...

  • June 16, 2005 16 Jun'05

    Oracle updates J.D. Edwards software

    With new additions to J.D. Edwards World software Oracle said it's delivering on its promise to enhance the product before transitioning it to Project Fusion when the time comes.

  • June 15, 2005 15 Jun'05

    Oracle swipes at SAP with rebate program

    Oracle is launching its own rebate program aimed at SAP R/3 customers considering an upgrade to mySAP ERP.

  • June 13, 2005 13 Jun'05

    Fear factor puts big chill on IT projects

    Fear of change freezes even the best IT projects. Find out how successful IT leaders tackle change management the warm and fuzzy way.

  • June 10, 2005 10 Jun'05

    Hot skills drive IT salaries up

    See which IT skills are now commanding top dollar.

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  • June 09, 2005 09 Jun'05

    Despite direct competition, Microsoft, SAP to solve integration ills

    SAP and Microsoft are collaborating on data integration software despite selling competitive products. But customers say integration headaches continue.

  • June 08, 2005 08 Jun'05

    Analyst: Outsourcing threatens SAP, other large vendors

    More executives are using business process outsourcing services, making many ERP vendors find new ways to generate revenue or risk becoming extinct.

  • June 07, 2005 07 Jun'05

    SAP sees opportunity in market consolidation

    Industry consolidation has resulted in complicated IT systems in the banking and retail industries, but SAP sees it as an opportunity to improve its market presence.

  • June 06, 2005 06 Jun'05

    Microsoft-SAP Mendocino project has opportunities, drawbacks

    Mendocino integrates some SAP processes into Microsoft's Office suite. The initial product has many opportunities and some drawbacks, according to analysts.

  • June 02, 2005 02 Jun'05

    SAP to shift focus off its core ERP suite

    SAP projects a shift in the way it generates revenue, hoping its partnerships and new licensing strategy will generate cash from products produced on its Business Process Platform.

  • June 01, 2005 01 Jun'05

    HP launches virtual package for SAP users

    HP is rolling out an infrastructure and services package aimed at mySAP Business Suite customers on Windows-based systems.

  • June 01, 2005 01 Jun'05

    Book Excerpt: The ABAP Developer's Guide to Java

    As the weather heats up, ABAP developers can cool their beans with's feature chapter from The ABAP Developer's Guide to Java. This book is aimed at correcting the information deficit for ABAP developers facing twin-track developing in ...

  • May 31, 2005 31 May'05

    Move to SOA prompts management needs

    As organizations evolve their Web services efforts toward SOA, they are looking for management solutions that go beyond traditional systems management capabilities.

  • May 27, 2005 27 May'05

    Analysts: Retail wins impressive, but deployments are key

    Recent retail success puts SAP into a growing leadership position, but functionality challenges and development timelines could hinder the transition to a successful deployment.

  • May 27, 2005 27 May'05

    Bakery samples ERP flavors

    When updating its stale IT system, Tasty Baking Co. weighed Oracle against SAP.

  • May 26, 2005 26 May'05

    Grocer's ERP selection hinges on milk

    'Got milk?' It was a decision between SAP and PeopleSoft, but for one grocer, selecting SAP's ERP suite came down to the price of milk.

  • May 25, 2005 25 May'05

    SAP broadens 'safe passage' for retailers

    SAP is broadening its Safe Passage program, extending incentives to retail customers running Retek software. Oracle Corp. is melding newly acquired Retek into its business suite.

  • May 23, 2005 23 May'05

    Philips keeps reins on CRM

    When venturing into direct-to-consumer online sales, an SAP CRM project threatened to spin out of control, but a focus on goals led to success.

  • May 23, 2005 23 May'05

    SAP's McDermott on retail strategy, CRM, Oracle, part 2

    SAP America CEO Bill McDermott discusses the CRM market, SAP's failed bid for Retek and Oracle's plans to lure SAP NetWeaver customers onto the Oracle E-Business Suite

  • May 23, 2005 23 May'05

    Canadian retailer gets SAP turnaround

    Canadian grocery chain Sobeys is giving SAP for Retail a second try, but executives remain mum on the store's first SAP system, which caused major headaches.

  • May 23, 2005 23 May'05

    Grocer's struggles prove valuable to retailers

    Canadian grocery chain Sobeys struggled with its first implementation of SAP for Retail in 2000. Sobeys' struggle helped other retailers learn valuable lessons to avoid failure.

  • May 23, 2005 23 May'05

    Midmarket CIOs tell SAP adventures

    Midmarket technology executives tell true stories of becoming SAP customers -- and managing to find a good fit.

  • May 23, 2005 23 May'05

    SAP's McDermott on retail strategy, CRM, Oracle, part 2

    BOSTON -- SAP America CEO Bill McDermott discusses the CRM market, SAP's failed bid for Retek and Oracle's plans to lure SAP NetWeaver customers onto the Oracle E-Business Suite.

  • May 19, 2005 19 May'05

    SAP begins to educate the masses

    SAP customers are generally enthusiastic about SAP's Enterprise Services Architecture strategy, but some say it could be years before ESA is widely adopted.

  • May 18, 2005 18 May'05

    SAP's McDermott on ESA strategy, Oracle, part 1

    In the first half of a two-part interview, SAP America CEO Bill McDermott discusses SAP's Enterprise Services Architecture strategy and its plan for competing with Oracle.

  • May 18, 2005 18 May'05

    Kagermann kicks off Sapphire

    SAP CEO Henning Kagermann laid out his company's plans to transform the NetWeaver platform to a services-based architecture, and named 10 software vendors that plan to adopt SAP's strategy.

  • May 18, 2005 18 May'05

    SAP nails Home Depot deal for SCM software

    At a time when SAP and Oracle are fighting each other for retail customers, SAP announces a humdinger of a deal with Home Depot.

  • May 18, 2005 18 May'05

    SAP's CRM development plods on

    The 2005 release of mySAP CRM adds enhanced marketing features and an e-mail response management system that increases the accuracy and efficiency of outbound e-mail.

  • May 17, 2005 17 May'05

    Sapphire to highlight SAP architecture shift

    SAP will kick off its Sapphire U.S. users conference this week, shining the spotlight on its enterprise services architecture strategy.

  • May 17, 2005 17 May'05

    Vendors to line up to adopt SAP's software strategy

    SAP America CEO Bill McDermott said the company's partners will adopt SAP's enterprise services architecture strategy. EMC Corp. joined nine other software vendors that plan to roll out ESA-ready products.

  • May 16, 2005 16 May'05

    SAP CRM could have big year ahead

    With its competitors struggling or occupied with acquisitions, SAP has a chance to extend its CRM presence. SAP's Sapphire user conference could be the place to start.

  • May 12, 2005 12 May'05

    Sapphire preview: Oracle-SAP battle rages on in 2005

    Oracle, fresh off a bidding war victory over ERP rival SAP, looks to keep the heat on in 2005, while SAP wants to capitalize on PeopleSoft customers' insecurities.

  • May 12, 2005 12 May'05

    Oracle, SAP make interesting opponents in 2005

    Oracle, fresh off a bidding war victory over ERP rival SAP, looks to keep the heat on in 2005, while SAP looks to capitalize on PeopleSoft customers' insecurities.

  • May 12, 2005 12 May'05

    True IT blooper # 2: Instruction deduction

    When systems administrator Jacky Brock is around, her data center runs like clockwork. When she's on vacation, however, it has been known to run on Blooper Standard Time.

  • May 11, 2005 11 May'05

    Airline jets with SAP

    JetBlue Airways is rolling out mySAP ERP as part of an expansion of the airline's operations. Some in the cash-strapped industry are making IT investments to remain competitive.

  • May 10, 2005 10 May'05

    Guide to SOA: Design and runtime testing meld

    As Web services increasingly provide the foundation for SOA, developers and testing tool vendors are merging design-time and runtime testing.

  • May 09, 2005 09 May'05

    Research firm predicts SAP to dominate U.S. market

    Boston-based AMR Research Inc. said SAP is emerging as the leader in the business software market, as consolidation continues among major software vendors.

  • May 05, 2005 05 May'05

    SAP to revamp Sapphire, add independent user group

    SAP America is joining with Americas' SAP Users' Group (ASUG) to hold user events at the same location in 2006.

  • May 05, 2005 05 May'05

    True IT blooper #1: Terrible tot

    The story begins with the visit of a colleague's one-year-old son to his workplace, a corporate data center.

  • May 04, 2005 04 May'05

    Modified mySAP CRM system helps medical device maker

    Executives at Varian Medical Systems weren't convinced mySAP CRM would work at first, but additional SAP software helped bridge some functionality gaps.

  • May 03, 2005 03 May'05

    SAP jumpstarts embedded analytics movement

    SAP's rollout of more than 100 analytic applications enables some enterprises to move forward with embedded analytics projects.

  • May 02, 2005 02 May'05

    Small studios thinking big with SAP

    Lions Gate Entertainment CIO Leo Collins had a choice to make -- settle for lackluster midmarket offerings or test a new blockbuster SAP product.

  • May 01, 2005 01 May'05

    Book: CRM with SAP Industry Solutions

    Rainy days of May don't have to mean that your business gets wet. This month we present two chapters from CRM with SAP Industry Solutions, designed to open your eyes to the options on the CRM horizon and reveal the full potential of mySAP CRM in ...

  • April 27, 2005 27 Apr'05

    IBM unveils SAP optimized database to challenge Oracle

    IBM is rolling out a DB2 database packaged with SAP integration tools. IBM said the product is a direct challenge to Oracle, which holds a large share of SAP's install base.

  • April 27, 2005 27 Apr'05

    Customers to see NetWeaver transformation, says SAP chief

    SAP plans to use NetWeaver to make all its products service-enabled by 2007, according to SAP CEO Henning Kagermann.

  • April 26, 2005 26 Apr'05

    SAP launches industry analytics apps

    SAP is rolling out more than 100 industry-specific analytic applications. The new composite applications are aimed at 25 industries and pull data from multiple sources, according to SAP.

  • April 26, 2005 26 Apr'05

    Oracle targets SAP with Fusion middleware

    Oracle is confident that its upcoming middleware release will not only lure SAP users but integrate its recent acquisitions.

  • April 25, 2005 25 Apr'05

    SAP: ABAP will live on, but new skill focus required

    Mario Herger, an analytics development manager at SAP's Palo Alto, Calif., development lab gives tips for developers to survive outsourcing and reveals SAP's development strategy.

  • April 21, 2005 21 Apr'05

    SAP profits strong, gains on Oracle

    SAP reported strong first-quarter license sales on Thursday. Executives indicated that SAP is not feeling pressure from rival Oracle Corp.

  • April 20, 2005 20 Apr'05

    SAP advises to take RFID one step at a time

    Radio frequency identification technology should be deployed in a step by step process, according to a supply chain executive at SAP.

  • April 20, 2005 20 Apr'05

    Intellectual property and SAP: Seeding the year of the partner

    The impact of IBM's efforts on enterprise software in general, and SAP in particular, will be profound.

  • April 19, 2005 19 Apr'05

    Enthusiasm, caution guide SOA adoption

    A Forrester survey found that companies of all sizes are rapidly embracing SOA in 2005, but as standards and products mature, analysts advise a cautious approach.

  • April 15, 2005 15 Apr'05

    RFID secrets: SAP customers tweak systems for RFID, part 2

    Taylor Erickson, an SAP supply chain and ERP expert, explains how SAP customers are readying their applications and data architecture for RFID.

  • April 15, 2005 15 Apr'05

    RFID secrets: SAP customers tweak systems for RFID, part 1

    In part one of a two-part interview, Taylor Erickson, an SAP supply chain and ERP expert, explains how SAP customers are readying their applications and data architecture for RFID.

  • April 15, 2005 15 Apr'05

    After trial and error, drug maker deploys RFID

    Purdue Pharma, among the earliest SAP adopters of RFID, is tracking its most sensitive drugs with the technology. SAP plans to launch industry specific software to deal with RFID deployment and data integration challenges.

  • April 14, 2005 14 Apr'05

    RFID compliance, technology and ROI

    In part two of a two-part interview, Taylor Erickson, an SAP supply chain and ERP expert, explains how SAP customers are readying their applications and data architecture for RFID.

  • April 13, 2005 13 Apr'05

    SAP RFID projects: RFID planning and implementation

    In part one of a two-part interview, Taylor Erickson, an SAP supply chain and ERP expert, explains how SAP customers are readying their applications and data architecture for RFID.

  • April 12, 2005 12 Apr'05

    Oracle showcases RFID partners, to launch data hub

    Oracle Corp. is rolling out service and software packages designed to walk companies through an initial RFID deployment.

  • April 12, 2005 12 Apr'05

    Companies still seeking ROI in RFID

    Attendees at the RFID Journal Live conference in Chicago are trying to make a business case for deploying the technology beyond meeting compliance mandates.

  • April 12, 2005 12 Apr'05

    Sybase completes RFID package with addition

    Sybase is launching an addition to its RFID Anywhere products, adding software and infrastructure support to help integrate data into a company IT system for analysis.

  • April 11, 2005 11 Apr'05

    Suppliers must look beyond RFID compliance, analyst says

    Companies dabbling with RFID technology to meet compliance mandates must look at the broader picture to find ROI, according to an analyst at Boston-based Yankee Group.

  • April 07, 2005 07 Apr'05

    RFID adopters to share struggles with deployments

    Early adopters of radio frequency identification will share the challenges and pitfalls of deploying the technology at the RFID Journal Live conference next week in Chicago.

  • April 06, 2005 06 Apr'05

    SAP launches water utility best practices add-on

    SAP is extending its utility industry ERP software, launching specific packages that address customer service and billing for water utility companies.

  • April 06, 2005 06 Apr'05

    Brief: Oracle controls Retek

    Oracle Corp. is finalizing its merger with Retek Inc., assuming control of the company before it integrates Retek's retail industry software with the Oracle E-Business Suite.

  • April 05, 2005 05 Apr'05

    Road to SOA: SAP to address customer pain

    SAP is hoping a combined services and software package will put its customers on a smoother road to an SOA and a better understanding of its NetWeaver platform.

  • April 04, 2005 04 Apr'05

    SAP targets Oracle customers with program

    SAP is extending an incentive program aimed at drawing PeopleSoft and JD Edwards customers away from Oracle.

  • March 31, 2005 31 Mar'05

    Sharpening up your soft skills

    Soft skills training is the latest addition to the list of things that can save an organization money and make its employees more desireable.

  • March 31, 2005 31 Mar'05

    Experts debate correct move to an SOA

    There has been much discussion on whether a service oriented architecture should be driven by business requirements or IT. Is there a happy median?

  • March 30, 2005 30 Mar'05

    Firm's SAP project clears end-user roadblock

    Industrial vehicle maker, Iveco, streamlined its legacy systems with SAP for Automotive, but executives said convincing end users to use the new system was their biggest obstacle.

  • March 29, 2005 29 Mar'05

    Oracle vs. SAP: The next frontier

    To one up Oracle, SAP must indicate a strong performance for its quarter ending next week, according to Bruce Richardson, vice president of research at Boston-based AMR Research.

  • March 29, 2005 29 Mar'05

    Chapter of the month -- April 2005

    Mobilizing SAP: Business processes, ROI and Best Practices by Ravi Kalakota and Paul Kurchina, examines how mobile technology can extend different SAP enterprise applications. The first chapter provides an extensive overview of the mobile ...

  • March 28, 2005 28 Mar'05

    Ex-Sun exec to beef up NetWeaver expansion

    SAP has hired a former Sun Microsystems executive to beef up its development community and drive expansion of NetWeaver and the entire SAP technology stack.

  • March 23, 2005 23 Mar'05

    Companies deliberate mySAP ERP upgrades

    As SAP rolls out the latest version of mySAP ERP, some customers are mulling over a myriad of reasons to upgrade in the face of competitive pressures.

  • March 22, 2005 22 Mar'05

    Oracle declares victory over SAP in Retek bid

    Executives at Retek Inc. signed a merger agreement Monday putting an end to the bidding war for the retail software vendor. SAP dropped out of the bidding.

  • March 18, 2005 18 Mar'05

    Oracle trumps SAP for Retek

    With an offer of $631.4 million, Oracle Corp. made the next move to acquire retail software vendor Retek Inc., outbidding rival SAP.

  • March 17, 2005 17 Mar'05

    SAP ups ante for Retek

    SAP is setting off a bidding war with rival Oracle Corp., raising its offer for retail software company Retek Inc. to more than $600 million.

  • March 16, 2005 16 Mar'05

    Retek Redux: SAP vs. Oracle is just heating up

    There are a couple of lessons to be learned from the recent battle over Retek between SAP and Oracle, all of which mean that that these two rivals will continue to let their increasingly public competition be played out in the M&A market.

  • March 16, 2005 16 Mar'05

    Brief: SAP-Retek waiting period over

    The Federal Trade Commission is waiving an antitrust review of SAP's proposed acquisition of Retek, according to a corporate filing SAP made Tuesday.

  • March 15, 2005 15 Mar'05

    IBM-Ascential deal could result in new SAP ETL partner

    IBM's plans to acquire Ascential Software Corp. is good news for SAP customers on the IBM platform, as many ETL components, currently in Ascential, will be embedded within the IBM DB2 engine and shared with its WebSphere platform.

  • March 15, 2005 15 Mar'05

    SAP to bolster compliance with reseller partnership

    SAP will sell third-party regulatory compliance control monitoring software as an add-on to its mySAP ERP suite.

  • March 14, 2005 14 Mar'05

    Pharmaceutical firm chooses SAP for long haul

    With a limited IT staff and a tight budget, Ontario, Canada-based Contract Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is moving forward with plans to upgrade to mySAP ERP.

  • March 10, 2005 10 Mar'05

    Eclipse adds new members, unveils Web services tools

    The Eclipse Foundation is launching a set of tools that will enable developers to author WSDL, XML, XML schema standards. SAP is a member and contributor to the group.

  • March 10, 2005 10 Mar'05

    Latest mySAP ERP upgrade launched early

    SAP is rolling out its mySAP ERP software a month ahead of schedule. Executives said the early launch is due to a high number of early adopters in its software release program.

  • March 09, 2005 09 Mar'05

    SAP responds to Oracle bid for Retek

    SAP CEO Henning Kagermann said SAP must wait for Retek to respond to Oracle's offer. SAP issued a statement Wednesday emphasizing its commitment to the retail market.

  • March 08, 2005 08 Mar'05

    Oracle strikes back at SAP for retail vendor

    Oracle Corp. is launching a bidding war for retail software vendor Retek Inc., ramping up its battle against SAP.

  • March 03, 2005 03 Mar'05

    Analyzing the future of analytics

    Experts predict the predictive analytics market is ready for big growth. Following it requires stricter definitions, according to one IDC analyst.

  • March 02, 2005 02 Mar'05

    New features added to NetWeaver

    SAP is adding job scheduling and monitoring features to the NetWeaver platform to integrate SAP and non-SAP applications through a single console.

  • March 01, 2005 01 Mar'05

    SAP reorganizes internally, bolsters development

    SAP is shifting responsibilities of its top executives to conduct better oversight of its 10 research and development labs and better define its executive roles.

  • February 28, 2005 28 Feb'05

    SAP to acquire retail software vendor

    SAP has agreed to a $496 million deal to acquire Retek, a best of breed retail industry software vendor. SAP could gain 200 retail customers if the deal is approved by share holders

  • February 24, 2005 24 Feb'05

    SAP to open supply chain lab

    SAP is opening a research and development center in Budapest, Hungary, to focus on building new supply chain management applications.

  • February 23, 2005 23 Feb'05

    SAP extends automotive suite

    SAP is expanding its automotive suite to include functionality for auto dealerships and vehicle sales networks.

  • February 23, 2005 23 Feb'05

    Utility road map touted

    SAP unveiled a plan to boost the functionality of its software suite aimed at utility companies.

  • February 21, 2005 21 Feb'05

    CIO pulls users on BI bandwagon

    United Pipe & Supply CIO Mike Green fixed his user adoption problem with a unique approach to BI training.

  • February 17, 2005 17 Feb'05

    SAP firms show interest in Linux adoption

    Adoption of SAP on Linux is rising, according to some consultants and experts in the field, but many enterprises are still taking a cautious approach to open source.

  • February 16, 2005 16 Feb'05

    The HP Way and the Rise of SAP

    In Joshua Greenbaum's sound off on the departure of HP CEO Carly Fiorina, he reminds us: "SAP was just beginning its steady climb to the top of the enterprise software heap as HP was beginning its slow march south is more than ironic -- it's ...

  • February 14, 2005 14 Feb'05

    Simple pricing not so easy

    There's a movement afoot in the computer industry to take the complexity out of pricing. But don't jump for joy just yet. While it may be easier to understand, there's more to all this pricing simplification than meets the eye.

  • February 10, 2005 10 Feb'05

    Public utility modernizes with SAP

    A Kansas public utility is implementing mySAP Business Suite. Experts and analysts say SAP implementations can be tedious for public agencies with outdated, highly customized legacy systems.

  • February 09, 2005 09 Feb'05

    SAP hears call for NetWeaver support

    Enterprises using NetWeaver for the first time are finding some customized components can result in performance issues. SAP is working with Mercury Interactive Corp. to catch problems before they're put into full production.

  • February 07, 2005 07 Feb'05

    NetWeaver: The next business process platform

    SAP is betting heavily on the success of its NetWeaver platform, according to Jim Shepherd, a vice president at AMR Research. But will that gamble pay off?

  • February 07, 2005 07 Feb'05

    CRM sales success still elusive

    More than half of sales professionals who participated in a recent study said their CRM system isn't making their sales team more effective. Some are finding success through other methods.