WALLDORF — SAP AG today announced that the SAP Supervisory Board has agreed to propose that Co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe be elected to the SAP Supervisory Board at the SAP Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in May 2014. Read the announcement.
WALLDORF — SAP today announced the availability of SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE) service pack 100 (SP100), a key component of the SAP Real-Time Data Platform. As the volume and velocity of data and transactions increases, enterprises need a database system that allows for easily scaling the amount of users, data and transactions. The new 15.7 release of SAP Sybase ASE responds to this need through increased performance and scalability, as well as enhanced monitoring and diagnostic capabilities for very large database environments.
SAP Sybase ASE 15.7 coincides with the newest release of SAP Sybase Replication Server, another core element of the SAP Real-Time Data Platform. SAP Sybase Replication Server is designed to replicate data in real time, without disrupting applications at their source, while transactional consistency is preserved. The deep integration and simultaneous availability of these two powerful products enables customers to achieve real-time data distribution across the enterprise and delivers a seamless disaster recovery environment for SAP Business Suite on SAP Sybase ASE.
“Traditional online transaction processing (OLTP) is transforming to ‘extreme’ transaction processing and with it demanding new capabilities from transactional databases,” said Irfan Khan, chief technology officer and senior vice president, Database & Technology, SAP AG. “The latest release of SAP Sybase ASE delivers faster processing of unstructured data, new methodology to minimize storage space and advanced tools to increase data availability — all critical characteristics for meeting the challenges of extreme OLTP.”
SAP Sybase ASE 15.7 also recorded leading two-, four- and eight-processor two-tier SD standard application benchmark results for x86 based Linux systems, delivering near-linear scalability from two to eight processor systems. The certified two-processor result, run with Cisco UCS B200 M3 server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3, achieved 6,530 SAP SD benchmark users and 35,680 SAPS. The result certified on the four-processor HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 server with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 achieved 12,735 SAP SD benchmark users and 69,550 SAPS. The result certified on the eight-processor Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX900 S2 server with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 achieved 23,250 SAP SD benchmark users and 127,030 SAPS. Details of the benchmark results can be found at www.sap.com/benchmark.
The results achieved on Intel-based Linux servers with leading hardware vendors provide further evidence that SAP Sybase ASE can deliver scalable, high-performance databases, not only for SAP Business Suite applications, but also for the most demanding extreme transactional environments. With SAP Business Suite running on SAP Sybase ASE, organizations benefit from a single vendor for support, synchronized releases and optimized performance for mission critical, data-intensive environments.
The enterprise edition of SAP Sybase ASE 15.7 SP100 is currently available on Windows x86, Windows x64, Linux x64, IBM/Linux POWER, AIX 64, Sun Solaris Sparc, Solaris x64 and HP’s Integrity i4 servers with HP-UX.
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On the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark (certification number 2013001, valid as of January 8, 2013), the Cisco UCS B200 M3 server with two processors achieved 6,530 SAP SD benchmark users and 35,680 SAPS. It was configured with two Intel Xeon Processors at E5-2690 at 2.9 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, with 16 cores and 32 threads. The servers were running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3, Sybase ASE 15.7 and SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0.
On the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark (certification number 2013017, valid as of July 3, 2013), HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 with four processors achieved 12,735 SAP SD benchmark users and 69,5 SAPS. It was configured with Intel Xeon Processor E5-4650 at 2.70 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, with 32 cores and 64 threads. The servers were running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4, Sybase ASE 15.7 and SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0.
On the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark (certification number 2013012, valid as of May 13, 2013), the Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX900 S2 with eight processors achieved 23,250 SAP SD benchmark users and 127,030 SAPS. It was configured with eight Intel Xeon Processors at E7-8870 at 2.4 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, with 80 cores and 160 threads. The servers were running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2, Sybase ASE 15.7 and SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0.
WALLDORF — Chief information officers (CIOs) are supporting change without disruption by joining the hybrid cloud revolution, and they’re not looking back. According to a recent national survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of SAP, CIOs believe hybrid cloud environments, which integrate on-premise and cloud-based applications, reduce complexity and increase flexibility. Although the majority of respondents believe a hybrid approach simplifies IT processes, CIOs still report institutional barriers that need to be overcome in order for the integration of cloud and on-premise solutions to gain wider acceptance. SAP, which has one of the most comprehensive cloud portfolios on the market, is collaborating with CIOs to build cloud strategies that protect and leverage existing investments in on-premise applications while offering business flexibility.
“Our rapid growth and need for flexibility led us to implement SAP Cloud for Travel while keeping our on-premise applications in place, creating a challenge for data management,” said Tony Velleca, chief information officer of UST Global. “SAP enabled the seamless integration between our cloud and on-premise applications in order to maintain consistency of critical data while accelerating business processes.”
Notable survey results include:
- Strong Support for Cloud and Hybrid Solutions
- Nearly all respondents (87 percent) feel that cloud solutions are important to their business. A majority of CIOs (83 percent) assign similar importance to on-premise solutions, a finding that suggests a bright future for hybrid environments that integrate on-premise and cloud-based applications.
- Most CIOs (67 percent) using cloud applications have already adopted some hybrid tools.
- A vast majority (75 percent) of hybrid users feel their company’s IT processes are less complex after migration.
- Migrating to Hybrid Cloud Services Increases Efficiency
- CIOs have achieved efficient operations using cloud applications integrated with on-premise solutions, with 75 percent of hybrid users confirming that their company’s IT processes are less complex after migration.
- Integrations between on-premise and cloud applications are gaining steam, according to CIOs who noted that the hybrid approach allows employees who work off-site to access data.
- Internal Resistance and Security are Primary Barriers to Adoption
- Institutional barriers are prominent for most (75 percent) of non-hybrid cloud CIOs.
- Security is the top concern, with 52 percent of all CIOs saying on-premise solutions are more secure than cloud-based.
“The allure of the cloud means many organizations are adopting cloud-based applications that augment on-premises ERP and are increasingly moving core elements of ERP to the cloud,” said Nigel Rayner, Gartner analyst. “CIOs and ERP leaders need to be prepared with an integration strategy that anticipates this world of hybrid ERP.”*
About the Survey
The survey was conducted by Wakefield Research in April 2013, using in-depth telephone interviews to explore attitudes about the hybrid cloud. Among the U.S.-based 52 CIOs interviewed, 22 respondents were from Fortune 1000 companies and, 30 respondents were from companies in the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America.
Complete survey results are available here. To learn more, visit the Cloud Computing area of sap.com and the SuccessFactors website. For more information, visit the SAP Newsroom. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews.
*Best Practices for Managing Integration in a Hybrid Cloud and On-Premises ERP World, Published: 12 June.
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WASHINGTON, DC — Jennifer Morgan, president of SAP Public Services, Inc., a subsidiary of SAP AG, testified today before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security. Morgan was invited to address members of Congress in a hearing titled “Innovating with Less: Examining Efforts to Reform Information Technology Spending.” The hearing explored efforts by President Obama to cut wasteful and inefficient IT spending within the federal government.
Citing advances in in-memory computing, cloud computing and mobile solutions, Morgan said: “The advances in technology over the last few years now allow government to tackle some of the largest challenges with fewer resources and shortened deployment times. A host of new technologies, specifically ones that turn large amounts of data into useful and actionable information, are transforming the way the private sector does business. Using the same technology, the government has the ability, for example, to proactively identify possible improper payments which could literally save billions of taxpayer dollars.”
A very large and growing portion of SAP’s business occurs in collaboration with its partners and, most importantly, with its customers. New solutions have to work seamlessly with legacy solutions. Vendor lock-in is “out;” co-innovation and teamwork is “in.”
“We found that the fastest and most successful results occur when industry and government co-innovate to bring new possibilities to life through technology,” Morgan said.
Some of these solutions are already at work for the American people and delivering results. “In just 22 days, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board made history by moving the tremendous amount of stimulus grant data housed on Recovery.gov to a public cloud environment,” Morgan said. Today, citizens can track spending of stimulus funds through their Recovery Explorer platform.
“More recently, the Recovery Board created FAST ALERT enabling federal agency personnel from across the government to perform large and concurrent searches though big data sets to identify potentially fraudulent entities and individuals,” Morgan added.
In the hearing, Morgan said one of the biggest challenges facing the government are IT procurement processes, which can often take longer than the modernizations themselves, “This becomes a challenge when technology innovation cycles are getting shorter and shorter, costs are going down and benefits can be achieved sometimes quicker than the acquisition process itself.”
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WALLDORF — SAP today launched the SAP Urban Matters program, an initiative with the goal of helping cities and urban settlements improve the lives of people and deliver better, more effective government.
With so many challenges facing cities and urban settlements, SAP Urban Matters focuses on helping customers and partners address the issues associated with rapid urbanization, the drive for smarter economies, the need for sustainable growth and the power of connected citizens. The initiative’s primary focus is helping urban governments deliver better-run cities. SAP’s strategy addresses five key aspects: supporting the fundamentals of good government; empowering public officials to be more productive; increasing community engagement and openness; driving innovation around government service delivery; and improving urban resilience to help ensure public safety and security.
SAP has a strong and growing global presence in urban governments — from Berlin to Sydney, from Cape Town to Philadelphia, from Singapore to Birmingham, from Vienna to Buenos Aires. SAP Urban Matters allows the company to deepen its understanding and broaden its focus around city, municipal and state government.
“Our industry vision, expertise and ‘best-run’ know-how act as a force multiplier,” said Jens Romaus, senior vice president and global head, Public Services Industry Solutions, SAP. “This year, on SAP’s 40th anniversary, we have supercharged our public services strategy for cities and municipalities. With SAP Urban Matters, we can accelerate innovation with our customers and connect directly to the lives of people.”
The profound changes and growth in urban settlements require fresh thinking and creativity around how municipalities can run better. SAP Urban Matters helps municipalities to engage with citizens, improve efficiency, deliver better services, improve tax and revenue collection, address social inclusion, open up government and increase public safety and sustainability.
“SAP is already working closely with urban governments around the world,” said Sean Patrick O’Brien, global lead, Urban Management and Public Safety, SAP. “In India and China, we are helping innovate around urban transportation; in Australia and the UK, we are helping innovate around public safety; in Germany and the U.S., we are helping to innovate around good governance; in the Nordics and South Africa, we are helping deliver service innovation; in Austria and the Nordics, we are innovating around community engagement. With SAP Urban Matters, we are taking our existing expertise, experience and technology innovations to a new level.”
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WALLDORF, Germany and SUNNYVALE, Calif. — SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARBA) today announced that SAP’s subsidiary, SAP America, Inc., has entered into an agreement to acquire Ariba, the leading cloud-based business commerce network, for $45.00 per share, representing an enterprise value of approximately $4.3 billion. The acquisition will combine Ariba’s successful buyer-seller collaboration network with SAP’s broad customer base and deep business process expertise to create new models for business-to-business collaboration in the cloud.
The Ariba board of directors has unanimously approved the transaction. The per share purchase price represents a 20% premium over the May 21 closing price and a 19% premium over the one month volume weighted average price per share. The transaction will be funded from SAP’s free cash and a €2.4 billion term loan facility. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of calendar year 2012, subject to Ariba stockholder approval, clearances by relevant regulatory authorities and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to be accretive to SAP’s non-IFRS earnings per share in 2013.
Business Network to Drive Growth
With the addition of Ariba, SAP will acquire the leader in cloud-based collaborative business commerce. The acquisition establishes SAP as the leading business network, adding business-to-business collaboration to its existing solutions. The move positions SAP in a fast-growing segment as buyers and sellers across the globe connect in new ways through the cloud.
SAP’s entry into the inter-enterprise business network space significantly expands its growth opportunities and accelerates its momentum in the cloud. Last week, SAP announced the roadmap for its cloud applications business (Software-as-a-Service), focusing on managing customers, suppliers, employees, and financials, in addition to its cloud suite offerings SAP Business ByDesign and SAP Business One. The acquisition will also significantly boost SAP’s cloud applications portfolio with the addition of Ariba’s leading cloud-based procurement solutions.
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Ariba has approximately 2,600 employees. The company is the leader in cloud-based collaborative commerce applications and the second-largest cloud vendor by revenue. Ariba combines industry-leading technology with a web-based trading community to help companies discover, connect and collaborate with a global network of partners – all in a cloud-based environment. With $444 million in total revenue, Ariba experienced 38.5 percent annual growth in 2011. Its business network recorded 62 percent organic growth in the same period.
“The cloud has profoundly changed the way people interact. The impact will be even greater as enterprises connect and collaborate in new ways with their global networks of customers and partners,” said SAP Co-CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe. “Cloud-based collaboration is redefining business network innovation, and we are catching this wave in the early stage of its evolution. The addition of Ariba will create the business network of the future, deliver immediate value to our customers and provide another solid engine for driving SAP’s growth in the cloud.”
Businesses to Benefit from Combination
Industry experts estimate the cloud-based enterprise network and procurement segment at a current size of $5 billion in revenue. The Ariba network is the largest and most global trading network, connecting and automating more than $319 billion in commerce transactions, collaborations, and intelligence among more than 730,000 companies. SAP’s global customer base of more than 190,000 companies includes the largest buyers and sellers in the world, offering great potential to increase the number of participants, as well as the volume and types of transactions conducted through this network. Already today 63% of the world’s transaction revenue touches an SAP system. SAP and Ariba will facilitate collaborative commerce within and between companies of all sizes.
The combination of SAP’s innovations and core applications with the Ariba cloud-based network will create new business value for customers:
- Together, SAP and Ariba can deliver a truly end-to-end solution that enables companies to achieve a closed-loop from source-to-pay, regardless of whether they deploy in the cloud, on-premise or through a combination of both.
- Ariba’s open network and SAP’s integration expertise will facilitate participation and extend the benefits of business collaboration to all companies, on any system, from any provider.
- The Ariba network will benefit from the performance delivered by using SAP’s flagship in-memory platform SAP HANA.
- Relationship and transaction information from commerce activity in the Ariba network together with SAP’s leading analytics will provide real-time insights to enable trading partners to discover, connect and collaborate more effectively.
- All SAP customers will be able to easily connect to the business network through pre-built integration points.
- Through the combination of the business network procurement solutions from Ariba and SAP, organizations can gain 360-degree business intelligence and effectively demonstrate that spending activities, contracts, and supplier interactions adhere to corporate compliance guidelines.
“In our personal lives, networks are playing an increasingly important role in how we connect, share, and shop – bringing more insight and efficiency into everything we do,” said Bob Calderoni, CEO, Ariba. “Businesses are looking for the same connectedness, insight, and efficiencies in the processes and collaboration with customers, suppliers, and partners beyond the walls of their companies. By combining Ariba’s open global trading network and SAP’s solutions and analytics, we are ushering in a new era of business-to-business collaboration and driving new levels of productivity.”
Upon completion of the transaction, it is planned to consolidate all cloud-related supplier assets of SAP under Ariba. The existing management team will continue to lead Ariba, which will operate as an independent business under the name “Ariba, an SAP company.” The SAP Executive Board intends to nominate Ariba CEO Bob Calderoni to the SAP Global Managing Board after closing of the transaction and subject to the approval of the SAP Supervisory Board.
Financial Analyst and Media Conference Call
SAP and Ariba will host a conference call for financial analysts and media to discuss the transaction on Tuesday, May 22nd, at 10:00 pm CET / 4:00 pm Eastern/ 1:00 pm Pacific. The call will be webcast at www.sap.com/investor
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In connection with the proposed merger, Ariba will file a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The definitive proxy statement will be sent or given to the stockholders of Ariba and will contain important information about the proposed merger and related matters. Ariba’s stockholders are urged to read the definitive proxy statement carefully when it becomes available before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the proposed merger because they will contain important information about the merger and the parties to the merger. Additionally, Ariba and SAP will file other relevant materials in connection with the proposed acquisition of Ariba by SAP pursuant to the terms of an Agreement and Plan of Merger by and among, SAP America, Angel Expansion Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of SAP America, and Ariba. SAP, Ariba and their respective directors, executive officers and other members of their management and employees, under SEC rules, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies of Ariba stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Investors and security holders may obtain more detailed information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of certain of SAP’s executive officers and directors in the solicitation by reading SAP’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F, and the proxy statement and other relevant materials filed with the SEC when they become available. Information concerning the interests of Ariba’s participants in the solicitation, which may, in some cases, be different than those of Ariba’s stockholders generally, will be set forth in the proxy statement relating to the merger when it becomes available.
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