term that means lots of things to lots of people gives rise to misconceptions.
Portal is one such term, particularly when combined with the
letters SAP. One misconception that I found particularly amusing suggests
that our portal offerings are only useful for SAP applications, requiring
customers to get a second portal to handle everything else. Nothing could
be further from the truth.
That is not to deny the profound synergy
that exists between mySAP Enterprise Portals and your existing SAP solutions.
But the Enterprise Portal is a solution that ties into all information
services and applications and that was just the first-generation
rendering of this product. Our second-generation portal offers an even
greater value proposition, arguably the industrys most effective
cross-product integration, bar none. Nowhere else can you find a product
that offers seamless access to and aggregation of so many different information
sources and applications, an open knowledge management platform, automatic
content synchronization, and ready-made business packages that operate
within the context of a users specific business role.
Our aim is to unify business processes
across the enterprise. Sound simple? Its not. A lot of innovative
technology, of which were quite proud, is working behind the scenes
to ensure users gain access to (and unification of) diverse applications,
data warehouses, unstructured documents, the Internet, and web services.
Do that, and all the glib marketing promises tossed around by so many
vendors like better decision-making and faster resolution of business
challenges actually materialize. In the pages of this issue youll
hear about this from our customers, whose numbers now make us one of the
preeminent portals vendors worldwide. Gartner said it best last July,
in their 2H01 Portal Products Magic Quadrant market analysis, when they
referred to SAP portals as poised to become one of the 800-pound
gorillas in the portal product market.
It is significantly easier to implement
a portal than other applications, and after its implementation, the portal
becomes the foundation for numerous pre-packaged HR self-service offerings,
Manager applications, and business analytics solutions. With
the seamless integration between Enterprise Portal 5.0 and BW 3.0 comes
the new possibility of disseminating information to senior executives,
analysts, and the masses both SAP and non-SAP users alike. We are
the first to address all three constituencies on the same platform to
get everyone in the company working from the same base.
This is how we are able to deliver a solution
with measurably higher and faster ROI, and lower TCO as well. Dont
take my word for it. Weve got a strategic consulting crew that will
come in and evaluate your specific environment, goals, and technical requirements
and work up an exhaustive set of ROI calculations for you. I encourage
every customer to take this first step. The results will astound you
and thats no misconception.
Executive Board Member, Collaborative Solutions