Saturday, November 17, 2007

mySAP ERP first stop to NetWeaver

n NetWeaver 2004, SAP has bundled components previously available as separate products within NetWeaver, and includes most NetWeaver components with any upgrade to mySAP ERP, or the company's full-blown Business Suite. Still, many customers are still deciding whether to proceed to mySAP ERP or choose a straightforward technical upgrade to R/3 4.7, or Enterprise.

"Going to Enterprise is like picking a train that goes to the last stop," Agassi said. "If you believe you need NetWeaver, then it makes sense to do a mySAP ERP upgrade as quickly as possible," he said.

Many of the TechEd '04 San Diego attendees are running components of NetWeaver, and they came equipped with hardcore technical questions, leaving upgrade strategies at home for their bosses to consider. Trevor Connors, a manager of enterprise application integration at Ottawa's Innovapost, said he appreciated Agassi's NetWeaver presentation because "he made it very clear where SAP is headed." However, Connors came to the conference to get answers about XI.

"I take care of all the interfaces, a lot of integration," Connor said. "I'm here to determine whether the new XI solution can replace what we've got now." For now, Innovapost is running integration software from SeeBeyond.

Likewise, Johathan Cano, a middleware architect for Tyson Foods Inc., in Springdale, Ark., is running iWay Software to "fill the void." A ramp-up customer for XI, Tyson is hoping XI 3.0 is better than previous versions. "Our goal is to have XI as the sole integration product. But right now our message volumes exceed what XI can do for us."

"We could have our whole NetWeaver stack in place in a year or two," Cano said. "At our company the motto is 'Why not SAP?' It's always the first choice -- if it can do what we need it to."

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