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SAP and HP Team On Business Portals

Hewlett-Packard , and a subsidiary of SAP AG Thursday agreed to work together to give their business customers enhanced portal services.

The alliance will combine Palo Alto, Calif.-based SAP Portals solutions with HP technology and consulting services. The agreement builds on a long-standing relationship between the two companies.

The companies say they will both dedicate engineering resources to port SAP Portals Enterprise Portal to run on HP-UX 11i. SAP's solution unifies applications, information and services. The combo Portal for HP-UX is expected to be available during the third quarter of 2002.

For its part, HP will develop expert resources worldwide to deliver SAP Portals' enterprise portal and business intelligence on HP-UX and HP Netserver infrastructure. In addition, HP Services will provide vital support services for SAP Portals solutions.

"Building on our alliance strategy, we look to industry leader HP to complement our ability to deliver flexible, scalable, easy-to-administer unified enterprise portal solutions that create measurable value for customers," says SAP Portals president and CEO Shai Agassi. "By combining SAP Portals solutions with HP's experience and robust infrastructure, customers will enjoy a highly scalable solution that can be quickly deployed."

The deal is especially good for SAP Portals, which boasts some 6 million users and more than 10,000 SAP software installations around the globe.

Also as part of the agreement, the two companies will establish new customer demo and solution centers. The initial demo center will be located at HP's SAP Portals Competency Center in Walldorf, Germany. The first customer solution center will be located in Grenoble, France. The sales teams and consultants will be cross-trained by both companies.