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Quick Takes: New SAP partners, acquisitions and consultants

New certified SAP hosts

E-business solution provider SAP Public Sector and Education, Inc., a subsidiary of SAP America, Inc. and SAP AG, has certified Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and ea consulting inc. as SAPHosting Partners.

With these certifications, SAP hopes to increase opportunities for federal agencies, governments, utilities, and school districts to get implementation and support for hosted solutions and the technical infrastructure for solutions. CSC and ea consulting each offer public sector entities an alternative to managing solutions in-house.

The announcement came at the SAP Public Sector and Education e-government symposium. Also at that forum, the company unveiled a new solution for public sector tax and revenue agencies. The new tool aims to streamline an enterprise's core tax and revenue management businesses processes and enable customers and employees to conduct financial transactions and view information appropriate to their respective responsibilities.

SAP makes acquisition move

SAP Public Sector and Education is also in the process of acquiring Procurement Automation Institute (PAI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Digital Systems International. PAI offers a family of electronic procurement products that includes PAI*IPRO, an automated procurement package currently used by more than 20 federal, state, and local agencies.

PAI*IPRO provides the contract writing capabilities necessary to support a paperless e-procurement strategy for public sector customers. SAP feels PAI*IPRO complements the mySAP Purchasing solution because it was built with the premise that no two procurement operations are alike.

Oracle8i: Most scalable database for SAP apps

Oracle8i was proven to be the industry's most scalable Internet database for powering SAP applications, according to benchmark tests by Fujitsu Siemens. The company said it set a world-record with 23,000 concurrent users for the SAP R/3 Sales and Distribution User Benchmark. Fujitsu also said it expects the upcoming Oracle 9i Real Application Clusters to further enhance scalability and performance for SAP's customers.

Andersen to increase SAP-trained consultants

Andersen Consulting, which will be renamed Accenture in 2001, is extending its global alliance with SAP AG to bring Web-based solutions to the federal, state and local government and higher education markets. Andersen will significantly expand the number of consultants serving governments and institutions of higher education, who are trained and experienced on SAP enterprise business solutions.

The two organizations already have a long-standing working relationship in the commercial sector, as evidenced by the $389.9 million business systems modernization contract recently awarded to Andersen by the Defense Logistics Agency, where SAP will lie at the core of the solution.

Online grocer goes with SAP ASP

Application service provider (ASP) eOnline, Inc. in Cupertino, Calif., is hosting a high availability Web and SAP environment for online grocer EOnline migrated SimonDelivers from its original environment in just three months, according to the company. had already chosen SAP enterprise software for its business applications and platform, and selected eOnline as its hosting partner of choice based on eOnline's status as a certified SAP ASP.

SAP serves up solution for beverage industry

SAP AG is offering a new IT solution for the beverage industry that it said provides greater efficiency throughout the entire beverage process chain, from order taking and delivery to settlement and invoicing. MySAP Consumer Products Beverage Solution combines an enterprise-wide backbone with full e-commerce functionality.

The offering is targeted at the soft drink industry, breweries, distilleries and beverage wholesalers. It covers specific business processes of the beverage industry such as the management of empties, check-out and check-in settlement, mobile workplaces in warehouses and on trucks, outbound telesales, rebate management for indirect customers, and contract management.

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