Business Apps Take the Stage

Niccolai, James; Blau, John; Sayer, Peter; Cowley, Stacy
March 2004
InfoWorld;3/22/2004, Vol. 26 Issue 12, p28
Trade Publication
This article offers updates from the CeBit trade show held in Hanover, Germany, which featured business application releases and upgrades. Hoping to capitalize on an expected increase in worldwide information technology spending in 2004, several vendors have bolstered and streamlined their offerings to meet customer demands. SAP launched a revamped edition of NetWeaver 2004, a middleware suite that includes an application server, for linking to the company's enterprise resource planning software; a portal server; and BI tools. The German software maker said it will deliver the parts in a single package on an annual release cycle, similar with Sun Microsystems' strategy with its Java Enterprise System. Meanwhile, IBM demonstrated software for dynamically managing application server workloads for mySAP. The software, which aims to reduce the level of management required for SAP systems, runs on IBM's zSeries mainframes, but will be ported to other server platforms. Called IBM Dynamic Infrastructure for mySAP Business Suite, the software will be delivered in the third quarter of 2004. PeopleSoft announced that the next edition of EnterpriseOne--the product line it acquired through its J.D. Edwards merger--will be available in May 2004, with improvements for manufacturing and automotive customers. INSET: Ramping Business Apps.


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