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SAP a Global UDDI Operator

SAP Fully Embraces UDDI. SAP Becomes UDDI Business Registry Operator

Walldorf, Germany. October 4, 2001.

SAP AG, the world's leading provider of e-business software solutions, today announced it has become a global UDDI Operator and will build on UDDI for service integration and publish global services within the UDDI Business Registry. With this threefold strategy, SAP will fully leverage UDDI for e-business solutions -- from providing SAP functionality for Web services to using services published through UDDI.

This strategy will provide SAP customers with an easy path to participate in and drive collaborative business.

The Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) Business Registry is a global, public, online directory that gives businesses a uniform way to describe their services, discover other companies' services, and understand the methods necessary to conduct e-business with a particular company. As a key element of the framework that makes Web services a reality, the UDDI Business Registry is an implementation based on the UDDI Specifications, which are available at

"SAP is focused on developing solutions that break down technical barriers and help companies transact business on a global level," said Karl-Heinz Hess, member of the extended executive board of SAP AG. "With SAP fully embracing UDDI, SAP customers will receive all the technology infrastructure and services to develop, deploy and manage Web services, which supports SAP's position as the leading e-business solution provider."

As part of becoming a UDDI Business Registry Operator, SAP will build, run and maintain a global UDDI node, enabling businesses to register and discover Web services via the Internet. SAP has been a driving member of the UDDI initiative, which enables businesses to quickly, easily and dynamically collaborate, since its inception.

"We are pleased with SAP's continued support of the UDDI initiative by its joining the UDDI Business Registry Operators, Microsoft, IBM and Hewlett-Packard, in hosting a public UDDI Business Registry for Web services, as well as through product integration," said Tom Glover, general program manager for "With UDDI, companies of all sizes can register themselves to gain exposure to other e-businesses looking for specific B2B relationships. SAP is truly preparing its customers to take advantage of Web services by using UDDI for services publishing and integration."

SAP will make it possible to provide the application functions of the e-business platform as a service, which makes it easy for customers to provide this information externally through UDDI. In addition, SAP customers can use UDDI to quickly and easily find and integrate complementary services regardless of their location. For example, a service such as "check product availability" can be performed without putting the integration challenge on the IT manager. Removing the technical implementation details of a service and allowing the customer to focus on the business meaning eases interoperability.

SAP customers can register their business through the SAP Service Marketplace. At the customer's request, the stored business information can be published in the UDDI Business Registry, made available globally and enhanced by individual services. SAP has already registered itself and started to publish its global services offerings, such as the "test drive" of the e-business platform, in UDDI.

About SAP

SAP is the world's leading provider of e-business software solutions. Through the e-business platform, people in businesses around the globe are improving relationships with customers and partners, streamlining operations, and achieving significant efficiencies throughout their supply chains. Today, more than 15,000 companies in over 120 countries run more than 36,000 installations of SAP software. With subsidiaries in over 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP."

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: "Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI)."

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