T-REX Reflects Evolutionary Steps at SAP

The market for enterprise
search
solutions is exploding, and for good reason.

Companies are looking to get a greater bang for their business intelligence
bucks, and search engines that can help their employees tap into those
myriad resources is one way to do it.

Enterprise software vendor SAP , based in Walldorf, German,
and Newton Square, Pa., is launching SAP Enterprise Search to help its
customers and partners harness all that latent knowledge.

The solution, built on top of the TREX search indexing engine currently
embedded in SAP’s NetWeaver platform, will return search query results from
different applications running in an enterprise, including non-SAP
applications and corporate portals.

Developers can also use the solution to federate other enterprise search
engines that a given enterprise may already be using.

“The reality today is that many enterprises have multiple search engines in
place,” noted Kevin Fliess, vice president of product marketing in SAP’s
emerging solutions group.

Indeed, this is one reason that the enterprise search market grew by 35
percent last year.

According to IDC analyst Sue Feldman, Google , Endeca, IBM
and FAST are among the fastest growing vendors in the
space.

“This is a meta-search engine that federates across all these search engines
and hopefully brings some sense to what is becoming a chaotic situation,”
Fliess told internetnews.com.

The solution is part of SAP’s larger strategy of extending its reach to new
users within its installed base of enterprise customers.

It is also a recognition that more and more enterprises are adopting SOA
 projects as a way of organizing heterogeneous
applications.

The company has thus built SAP Enterprise Search along enterprise SOA
standards, so that users can access it through a Web browser, a desktop
widget, as well as through the standard mySAP ERP 2005 user interface.

“Enterprise search needs to reflect the needs of the business and the
realities of the IT organization of the business,” noted Fliess.

To that end, SAP also announced a new developer platform to help companies
launch their initial SOA projects.

Dubbed SAP Discovery System, the solution lets developers and enterprise
architects experiment with enterprise SOA.

SAP Discovery System features the latest version of mySAP ERP running
several common business scenarios that are implemented as composite
applications.


For example, the procurement scenario illustrates how business processes can
be significantly streamlined. The system lets users gain insight and take
action within the relevant business context, across multiple systems and
applications.

This scenario, which uses standard enterprise services, follows the
procurement process through all standard steps, from creating the sales
order, analyzing stock, listing suppliers and requesting quotations through
to placing the purchase order, confirming the order and receiving the goods.

The scenario supports four major user roles necessary to procurement:
salesperson, purchasing agent, procurement manager and warehouse manager.

Earlier today, SAP also unveiled a new site,
akin to its SAP Developer Network, to help business users and non-expert
developers customize and configure applications.

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