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IBM and SAP Team Up to Extend SAP R/3 Applications To Java Developers

IBM VisualAge for Java Is an Initial Java Tool to Be Validated by SAP; Comprehensive Access Through IBM Component Broker

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LOS ANGELES - 31 Aug 1998: -- At SAP TechEd '98, the SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) U.S. technical education conference, IBM Corp. and SAP today announced that IBM VisualAge for Java is an initial Java-integrated development environment to fully support the Business Application Programming Interface (BAPI) standard for Java and to be BAPI validated by SAP. As a result, Java developers have a new way to leverage the power of the SAP Business Framework and BAPIs within Java applications. In addition, BAPIs will be accessible through the IBM Component Broker middleware later this year.

The joint work of the two companies ensures that the business content of industry-leading SAP applications is now accessible within IBM's award-winning Java application development technology. This allows Java developers to easily build Web-based applications that interoperate with the SAP R/3 System and other SAP solutions as well as any application that leverages the SAP Business Framework. IBM and SAP also announced that later this year, developers will be able to deploy BAPI-enabled Java applications within Component Broker, which will provide broad connectivity to IBM and non-IBM legacy systems for SAP customers.

"Businesses looking to extend SAP R/3 to Java and e-business should look to IBM to help smooth the process and bring consistency, efficiency and quality to these efforts," said Emilie McCabe, vice president, application development and object technology marketing at IBM. "The SAP partnership with IBM ensures that SAP customers benefit from IBM's broad range of tools, resources and experience."

"The combination of VisualAge for Java and the SAP Business Framework is compelling to both SAP customers and third-party software developers," said Hartmut Schaper, vice president, GBU Business Framework architecture at SAP AG. "As a result of our partnership with IBM, we have delivered a comprehensive, object-oriented, Web-enabled development solution that allows custom applications to fully interoperate with an SAP R/3 business backbone."

The SAP Business Framework is an integrated, open, component-based product architecture that encompasses SAP enterprise applications and third-party products and technologies. BAPIs are open, object-oriented interfaces that embody business expertise and allow simple and stable communication between components. IBM and SAP co-sponsored BAPIs for Java as a standard way to extend R/3 systems to Java through JavaBean technology.

"We looked for a tool to help us access our R/3 business backbone in an easy and generic way," said Klaus-Peter Schaefer, software developer at Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany's leading telecommunications company. "By generating Java classes for SAP Business Objects, VisualAge for Java's access features enable us to leverage both our programmers' Java skills and the rich business content of R/3."

Component Broker is IBM's enterprise middleware solution for distributed object computing, providing a scalable, manageable run time for developing and deploying multitier component-based applications. It ties together disparate systems found in today's Fortune 500 companies via a technical framework, thereby letting them focus on business content rather than on writing code. Component Broker comprises Component Broker Connector (CBConnector) and the supporting Component Broker Toolkit (CBToolkit).

VisualAge for Java is IBM's premier Java development environment, which helps customers leverage existing business information and assets to build Web applications. It is designed to fully meet the needs of enterprise developers and development teams building Java applications, applets, servlets and JavaBean components.

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