Member of the Executive Board,
an eye toward 2005, those who still equate
SAP NetWeaver with SAP BW, Enterprise Portal, and
our integration and application development tools
would be well served to revisit that definition.
It will leave you short-changed. Granted, SAP NetWeaver
is a platform that encompasses all these technologies.
But an association that conjures up images of discrete
components is misleading. It suggests boundaries
exist, which is not the case. With SAP NetWeaver,
these things are prefabricated to seamlessly and
automatically work together. In fact, the defining
characteristic of this platform is this integration,
and by extension, the ease with which IT organizations
can execute activities that span multiple systems.
You don’t need to worry about integrating
your portal, data warehouse, and mobile infrastructure,
or how changes to one affect the others. All mySAP
Business Suite solutions are now built on the SAP
NetWeaver platform, so integration on that front
is a foregone conclusion. And recognizing that all
of you maintain heterogeneous landscapes, SAP NetWeaver
is expressly designed to streamline and simplify
any integration and application development activity
that cuts across SAP and non-SAP systems.
It’s with great pride that I look from one industry to the next
and see the market leaders turning to SAP NetWeaver to facilitate their
most strategic IT initiatives. Many started out with a component-based
view, recognized the larger value proposition of SAP NetWeaver as a single
platform, and capitalized on the opportunity. Without question, theirs
are now among the most coveted IT landscapes. The reason is twofold.
First, SAP NetWeaver drives down your IT cost structure. Consider the
changes you constantly make across your landscape. Change is costly because
it requires you to address multiple touch points between systems and there
is no standard or consistent means to do that. But there is, once SAP
NetWeaver is in place. With a common platform into which all systems can
cleanly connect and across which change is automatically driven, you don’t
have to contend with an entanglement of point-to-point connections.
How much savings ensue? Well, it’s estimated that roughly 80%
of all IT budgets are mired in those point-to-point connections. So when
SAP NetWeaver replaces that morass with a streamlined, standardized services
platform, we’re seeing savings that are quite large. I encourage
you to look at the published ROI statistics.
The second reason is that SAP NetWeaver enables change. Abate IT complexity,
and improvements and innovation easily follow. Dispense with IT obstacles
that impede strategic business initiatives, replace it with a services-based
infrastructure that facilitates these things, and you close the
gap between when management identifies a plan of attack and when an IT
organization executes it. Lag time between the two is directly proportional
to the complexity of your IT landscape. SAP NetWeaver provides the means
to close that gap. This is key, because in the end, it’s the ability
to adapt, respond, and innovate — not cost savings — that
is the hallmark of a successful company.
Member of the Executive Board, SAP