SAP and IBM Meet Demand for Integrated eBusiness Solutions

At last week’s SAPPHIRE international e-business conference in Orlando, SAP AG and IBM announced an expansion of their long-standing global strategic alliance to meet customer demand for integrated e-business. In response to market demand, the two companies are expanding their relationship to cover the entire mySAP.com e-Business platform, with significant investments on both sides. As part of the agreement, IBM will license and integrate technology from SAP Portals Inc., a subsidiary of SAP AG, for IBM's WebSphere Portal Server providing customers shared access from their desktops to a wide array of applications and information across all industries. SAP Markets, another subsidiary of SAP AG, is licensing WebSphere for projects and development in helping businesses improve relationships with customers and partners, streamline operations and improve supply chain efficiencies via the Internet.

In recognizing the further growth in demand for mySAP.com, IBM Global Services is retraining a significant portion of its consulting practice to more completely cover the entire mySAP.com e-Business platform. In addition, SAP has certified IBM as an SAP Global Hosting Partner, and consequently IBM Global Services will extend Application Management Services offerings to its portfolio of SAP services to help customers take advantage of mySAP.com e-business applications.

With these latest developments, IBM and SAP have forged relationships across all of their major brand offerings. The commitment of IBM product brands, including DB2 Universal Database, WebSphere, Lotus, Tivoli, eServer pSeries, iSeries, xSeries and zSeries, IBM Storage Products, IBM business consulting and information technology services, and IBM Global Financing underscores the 20-year relationship leading up to the expanded partnership. For more information, visit www.sap.com or www.ibm.com.