SAP's All-in-One ERP suite for the midmarket took on more features today, as SAP teamed up with Intel to offer a Xeon-based appliance.
Under the agreement, announced at the CeBIT conference being held this week in Hanover, Germany, the two companies will unite to offer SAP's ERP for the midmarket suite on Xeon-based systems using SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell and the SAP MaxDB database. The appliance is currently being offered in five countries, executives said, with plans to expand to 20 this year, including the United States in the second quarter. It will be sold through resellers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)."This accelerates our fast-start program for All-in-One and adds value and lower TCO [total cost of ownership] for prospects and customers," said Hans Peter-Klaey, president of Global SME for SAP. SAP has set an ambitious goal of reaching 100,000 customers by 2010, a feat that will rely heavily on penetration of the midmarket. In the past year, Peter-Klaey said, the small and medium enterprise (SME) unit has added 7,400 new customers to reach 34,000, more than 74% of SAP's total customer base of 46,000.