SAP and IBM Deliver Global Language Support for® on IBM eServer iSeries

Companies also Announce Availability of Support for Windows® 2000 Application Server

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Walldorf, Germany, & Armonk, N.Y. - 09 Nov 2001: SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and IBM today announced delivery of Global Language Support (GLS) for® solutions on IBM eServer iSeries products. The two companies also announced controlled availability of new support for Windows® 2000 application servers connected to IBM DB2 Universal Database for iSeries.

The language support provided by GLS for solutions on IBM eServer iSeries supports traditional single-byte languages, as well as Asian double-byte languages like Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese. The choice of Windows 2000 application servers will allow SAP® solutions running on IBM eServer iSeries to be configured with a heterogeneous combination of Windows 2000 and iSeries application servers, increasing the flexibility of application server support on the iSeries platform.

"Developing the use of solutions on IBM eServer iSeries demonstrates SAP's commitment to iSeries as an important platform for e-business solutions," said Kim Stevenson, vice president of IBM eServer iSeries Marketing Operations. "The strong relationship between IBM and SAP will allow us to quickly bring this support to iSeries customers."

"Global Language Support for solutions on IBM eServer iSeries allows us to support our Asian Language requirements and to mix languages that are on different code pages. This helps us to consolidate our business worldwide," said Christian Otte, project manager and system administrator, iSeries, VEKA AG, Germany. "We will be able to run all the operations for us and our subsidiaries in Poland, Russia and also China, in one single solution environment on iSeries."

Windows 2000 application server support is in controlled availability and requires the use of the GLS for SAP solutions on IBM eServer iSeries. The hallmarks of integration, reliability and ease of use of the iSeries database server -- with leading-edge partitioning and workload management capabilities -- combine with the powerful IBM eServer xSeries server to provide a consolidated approach to multiple SAP solutions on a single database server.

"We have listened to our customers and answered their requirements for providing full solution support in an iSeries environment," said Stephan Rossius, vice president of Global Partner Management, SAP AG. "IBM eServer iSeries represented, from the beginning, a real ease-of-use environment with proven reliability and availability. The goal of our strategy is to provide our customers with an environment that unlocks the full potential of integration and collaboration."

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