March 18, 1997 11:00 AM ET
SAP to bolster R3 connection to World Wide Web
By Jim Kerstetter

  FOSTER CITY, Calif.,-SAP AG will announce today it is extending the internal workflow capabilities of its enterprise applications to the Web.

Company executives at SAP's main California office here said the additional features are now available with the Version 3.1 release of the R/3 applications suite.

The German software giant used its recently released Internet Transaction Server, linked to Internet and intranet applications through the company's Business APIs, to tie the Web to R/3 back-end applications.

Separately, SAP also is expected to announce that it has become only the second packaged applications vendor, after the Baan Co., to become certified by Microsoft Corp. on all of the Redmond, Wash., company's BackOffice servers.

Baan was certified last fall, but SAP had to iron out several issues with Microsoft, including standardized log-in procedures, said Gene McGrath, partner manager of SAP America.

About 2,500 of SAP's 9,000 installations are now running on Windows NT servers. More than 40 percent of new R/3 implementations are being done with NT servers, McGrath said.

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