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What SAP's Business Process Platform Means for Your Business — DSAG Annual Congress 2006

by Mario Günter | SAPinsider

July 1, 2006

by Mario Günter, DSAG Headquarters SAPinsider - 2006 (Volume 7), July (Issue 3)

With the SAP NetWeaver platform and its support for Web services, SAP has introduced a technology that will serve as the foundation for efficient, flexible business processes. The story does not end there, though. SAP is now bringing to life the concept of a business process platform (BPP) that couples the SAP NetWeaver platform with a repository of predefined, service-enabled applications.

BPP provides the technology and development backbone for SAP's enterprise service-oriented architecture (also known as ESA) initiative, enabling SAP customers to react to changing market conditions. Before customers can make BPP a reality in their enterprise, though, a few common questions remain: What will BPP do for my enterprise? How will it affect my employees, business processes, and technology?

Answers to Your BPP Questions

DSAG is delighted to announce that its seventh annual Congress, which takes place September 19-21 in Leipzig, Germany, will confront these questions, exploring the fundamental changes companies can prepare for as BPP proliferates across the enterprise technology industry. Themed "On the way to the business process platform: What does it mean for you?," the Congress will feature keynote speeches by SAP and DSAG board members, partner exhibitions, more than 100 sessions conducted by 30 DSAG working groups, and over 100 workshops centered on knowledge transfer, networking, and influence.

The Philosophy Behind BPP

For years, the automotive industry has recognized the benefits of componentization in their design and manufacturing processes. As a result, they have been able to optimize and streamline their design, development, and production processes while minimizing costs.

The IT industry saw that new technology, such as Web services, could have the same effect on business processes and their underlying platform. With BPP, SAP is fulfilling this vision, helping enterprises align business processes with their strategic and economic requirements. By structuring their business processes as individual Web services or as multiple connected services, enterprises can respond to the demand for innovative, flexible solutions to business process challenges. At the same time, customers hope to be able to consolidate processes and eliminate redundant planning.

So what does this SAP platform strategy mean to your employees and their roles? How will this change your business processes? And what technology will be behind these changes?

The First Step to Bringing BPP to Your Enterprise

Gaining an understanding of BPP and what it means for your business is the key to fully realizing its potential. We cordially invite you to the 2006 DSAG Annual Congress to investigate the definition and requirements of the business process platform. We'll focus on common questions, such as how it will affect employees' activities and roles for the future and what changes to expect in how processes are handled.

Congress activities won't stop at BPP either; as always, we will offer usability tests where participants can try out new SAP software and offer their feedback to influence future SAP solutions, as well as plenty of networking opportunities.

For more information, including the complete 2006 Congress agenda, please visit

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