SAP is moving forward with its NetWeaver technology and it’s Enterprise Services Architecture, saying that most of their customers are way behind in the upgrade cycle a sap upgrade can be expensive and time consuming.
SAP is pushing ESA to combine their Netweaver platform with business process modeling e.g. order to cash SAP wants to move away from inflexible middleware to more of a services based operation giving their customers greater flexibility with their SAP ERP Beast they installed.
SAP has 30,000 companies with a 100,000 different installations Netweaver has been implemented across 5000 sites .Senior management wants a slow upgrade cycle. "God forbid we would have had everybody migrating at the same time," the president of Sap’s products and technology group, Shai Agassi, said. "We would have had a disaster on our hands."
With the big ERP vendors the battle is being fought on the SOA services front and SAP has to be seen to be leading the race even if their customers are reluctant to buy into SAP as a flexible ERP software package.
SAP is planning to have 6000 Netweaver deployments in 2006.