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Special Report: SearchSAP at Sapphire '06 Orlando's Editorial Team will be out in full force at SAP Sapphire 2006 in Orlando. Our coverage includes breaking news, interviews and analysis.'s Editorial Team was out in full force at SAP Sapphire 2006 in Orlando. Our coverage includes breaking news, case studies, and podcasts from the event, as well as news, analysis and tips from our archives. Plus, see what new products were announced on the exhibit hall floor.

  SAP Sapphire '06 coverage  

  • NEW SAP CRM sweetens Wrigley's trade promotion: An image overhaul, coupled with trade promotion management tools from SAP, has boosted the Wrigley Company to the top of the confectionery market.

  • TiVo turns to SAP, BearingPoint after outsourcing disaster: When its manufacturing and shipping operations outsourcer gave TiVo a 48-hour termination notice, the company found itself scrambling to revamp its processes.

  • Lincoln takes CRM on the road with SAP mobile: With a rollout of SAP for Mobile Sales and a tablet PC deployment, Lincoln Electric transformed its sales system and processes.

  • Sapphire attendees see potential in Duet, composite applications: Attendees at the SAP Sapphire user conference are generally pleased with the direction SAP executives are steering the company. Some customers see Duet and composite applications in their future.

  • SAP gives customers sneak peek at new interface: SAP customers running mySAP Business Suite applications will soon have a simplified GUI to work with.

  • SAP launches NetWeaver venture fund to spur development: SAP's new $125 million venture fund looks to foster composite application development on the NetWeaver platform.

  • SAP marries CRM on-premise to CRM on-demand: The new hybrid option will allow customers to start quickly with the hosted option and gradually move to on-premise with the same user interface.

  • SAP executives urge customers to upgrade: There's no better time to upgrade to the latest version of SAP to take full advantage of NetWeaver, according to SAP executives at the Sapphire user conference this week.

  • New SAP business unit to focus on compliance: SAP is creating a new business unit to wrap its compliance products with software from its recent acquisition of compliance software vendor, Virsa Systems Inc.

  • Retailer chooses SAP over Oracle for growing lingerie line: Chico's FAS Inc. chose SAP's retail suite over Oracle to run its popular Soma lingerie brand.

  • SAP extends CRM support to Siebel apps: With the help of its subsidiary TomorrowNow, SAP is looking to tempt more customers away from Oracle by extending its Safe Passage program to include third-party support to Siebel users.

  • Rising NetWeaver adoption, new incentives for Siebel customers at Sapphire: A rise in NetWeaver deployments as well as new incentives for customers to switch from Oracle to SAP will be highlighted at the Sapphire user conference this week in Orlando, Fla.

  • SAP database endorsement at Sapphire bolsters feud with Oracle: SAP is looking to trim the number of SAP deployments on Oracle databases by endorsing IBM's DB2 database management system.

  • SAP adds marketing features to CRM on-demand: The second release of SAP's CRM on-demand software will be launched at the SAP Sapphire user conference.

  • SAP to embed HP printing capabilities in NetWeaver: SAP will add printing management capabilities from Hewlett-Packard in its NetWeaver platform to bolster document and print management.

  • SAP user group readies for Sapphire: ASUG's executive vice president sums up some of the top issues that will be on the minds of SAP users at next month's ASUG and Sapphire conferences.

  • Sapphire '05 Boston: Check out what you may have missed at Sapphire '05 Boston.


  • NEW Podcast: Understanding SAP analytics: More SAP customers are beginning to build and deploy composite applications using NetWeaver, according to Roman Bukary, vice president of analytics and composite applications at SAP. Bukary explains Visual Composer, SAP's model-driven tool aimed at business analysts and developers for code-free creation of composite applications.

  • NEW Podcast: SAP boosts queries with Business Intelligence Accelerator: SAP's Roman Bukary discusses the SAP Business Intelligence Accelerator, an appliance that SAP says will boost query performance. The device, developed in conjunction with HP, IBM, and Intel, can be plugged into NetWeaver to speed high volumes of queries from end users of SAP NetWeaver BI.

  • Podcast: TomorrowNow CEO responds to critics of SAP union: In a broad ranging interview, Andrew Nelson, CEO of SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow, discusses his firm's strategy as it extends support to Siebel customers and recent criticism from members of the Quest International User's Group.

  • SAP Sapphire '06/ASUG user conference preview: America's SAP Users' Group president Mike Perroni talks about the latest SAP technologies, why SAP customers are slow to upgrade and what to expect at this year's ASUG and Sapphire user conferences.

      Vendor announcements  

  • Brief: Nakisa SuccessionPlanning earns xApps certification : Organizational Management provider Nakisa's SuccessionPlanning solution has earned SAP xApps certification. In addition, the company has joined the Composite Application Framework 7.0 ramp-up program.

  • Brief: Nakisa introduces next generation of OrgManagement Series: Organizational Management provider Nakisa has announced OrgManagement Series for Organization Charting, Succession Planning, and Modeling.

  • Brief: 170 Systems, Inc. earns SAP ArchiveLink certification: Financial optimization firm 170 Systems has earned SAP ArchiveLink certification for its 170 MarkView interface software Version 5.


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