LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In an effort to help customers extend their investments in Microsoft products, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and Business Objects, an SAP company, today emphasized their ongoing commitment to support the latest versions of Windows Server, SQL Server and Visual Studio. The support for the updated Microsoft products will provide customers with the opportunity to achieve enhanced manageability and performance, higher reliability, as well as lower total cost of ownership and tightened security of their IT investments. Business Objects also announced the availability of a new version of Crystal Reports(R) as an integrated reporting solution within the new version of Visual Studio. The announcement was made at the Microsoft LaunchWave 2008 event, being held in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — In an effort to help customers extend their investments in Microsoft products, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and Business Objects, an SAP company, today emphasized their ongoing commitment to support the latest versions of Windows Server, SQL Server and Visual Studio. The support for the updated Microsoft products will provide customers with the opportunity to achieve enhanced manageability and performance, higher reliability, as well as lower total cost of ownership and tightened security of their IT investments. Business Objects also announced the availability of a new version of Crystal Reports(R) as an integrated reporting solution within the new version of Visual Studio. The announcement was made at the Microsoft LaunchWave 2008 event, being held in Los Angeles, California.
"One of the many attributes SAP and Business Objects have in common is a successful and long-standing relationship with Microsoft," said Zia Yusuf, executive vice president, Global Ecosystem and Partner Group, SAP AG. "We are pleased to further underscore our support for Microsoft during this launch, and look forward to continued collaboration in the future."
Protecting the Customer Investment
Following the recent acquisition of Business Objects by SAP, customers running SAP applications and Business Objects solutions on these Microsoft products can now enjoy even broader support. The two companies share a long history of providing support for Microsoft products. Some key SAP initiatives include: SAP applications running on Windows Server and SQL Server, support for customers moving to the latest version of the SAP(R) ERP application on SQL Server, interoperability between the SAP NetWeaver(R) technology platform and Microsoft .NET and Duet(TM) software, a jointly developed product that integrates Office with SAP applications leveraging enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA). Further, Microsoft currently runs its SAP ERP productive systems on pre-release versions of SQL Server 2008 for real-life testing for the product.
"Customers are excited about the vibrant ecosystem that has developed around Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008," said Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft Corp. "These business-critical SAP products and Business Objects solutions will help ensure that customers will drive real value from our new platform from day one."
"Last year, SAP and Microsoft announced joint investments and support for customers moving to SAP ERP 6.0 and migrating their database platform," said Klaus Kreplin, corporate officer and member of the Executive Council, head of SAP NetWeaver Technology, SAP AG. "In addition to the business benefits of an upgrade to SAP ERP 6.0, SAP's support of SQL Server 2008 will provide an even more compelling value proposition to customers with expected gains in performance, higher availability, increased security and reliability with a low cost of ownership. The commitment of Microsoft to support enterprise-critical applications with SQL Server 2008 will provide SAP customers with an even better platform to efficiently operate SAP applications."
Crystal Reports Basic for Visual Studio 2008
The combination of SAP and Business Objects solutions provides a unique, content-rich and comprehensive business performance optimization suite, integrating business strategy with operational execution to enable process changes and business and IT events to be monitored and managed consistently in a closed-loop process. These solutions will also be available on the latest versions of Microsoft's products.
For 15 years, Crystal Reports has been integrated with Visual Studio, enabling developers to design and embed reports directly within the applications they create in the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE). Crystal Reports Basic for Visual Studio 2008 gives developers a quick, productive way to create and integrate presentation-quality reports into applications without leaving the Visual Studio environment. With Crystal Reports Basic for Visual Studio 2008, developers can now connect to existing Business Objects deployments, leveraging data from across their business intelligence infrastructure for these embedded reports. Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2008 delivers improved scalability and speed, and also allows developers to leverage their existing IT infrastructure.
About Business Objects
As an independent business unit within SAP, Business Objects transforms the way the world works by connecting people, information and businesses. Together with one of the industry's strongest and most diverse partner networks, the company delivers business performance optimization to customers worldwide across all major industries, including financial services, retail, consumer-packaged goods, healthcare and public sector. With open, heterogeneous applications in the areas of governance, risk and compliance; enterprise performance management; and business intelligence; and through global consulting and education services, Business Objects enables organizations of all sizes around the globe to close the loop between business strategy and execution.
SAP is the world's leading provider of business software*. Today, more than 46,100 customers in more than 120 countries run SAP(R) applications-from distinct solutions addressing the needs of small businesses and midsize companies to suite offerings for global organizations. Powered by the SAP NetWeaver(R) technology platform to drive innovation and enable business change, SAP software helps enterprises of all sizes around the world improve customer relationships, enhance partner collaboration and create efficiencies across their supply chains and business operations. SAP solution portfolios support the unique business processes of more than 25 industries, including high tech, retail, financial services, healthcare and the public sector. With subsidiaries in more than 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP." (Additional information at http://www.sap.com)
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