SAP Portals, HP team up for portal delivery

In its second partnership in two days, SAP Portals and Hewlett-Packard formed an alliance Thursday to combine SAP portal and business intelligence offerings with HP servers and consulting services. On Wednesday, SAP Portals aligned with Novell to boost security within the SAP portal platform.

Under this most recent alliance, Palo Alto, Calif.-based SAP Portals and HP will jointly dedicate engineering resources to port SAP Portals Enterprise Portal to run on HP-UX 11i. The alliance will combine SAP Portals enterprise portal and business intelligence products with HP technology and consulting services to speed integration and deployment and boost the value of the portal, according to officials at SAP Portals, a subsidiary of German software company SAP AG. The resulting product, SAP Portals Enterprise Portal for HP-UX, is slated for availability in the third quarter.

Primarily targeting manufacturing, finance, telecom, and government industries, the agreement is designed to ease enterprise portal implementations and provide a scalable foundation for portal infrastructure, according to the companies.

The deal also calls for HP Services to become a global consulting and implementation partner for the delivery of SAP enterprise portal offerings. HP said it will dedicate implementation and support services for delivering SAP enterprise portals on HP-UX and HP NetServer infrastructure.

Combining SAP Portals' and HP's hardware, technology expertise, and consulting services will help move enterprise portal initiatives from conception to reality, said Rick Bartlett, general manager for the relationship solutions organization at HP, in Palo Alto, Calif.

"This is really about bringing the user to the portal. Our customers will benefit from the combined resources, making it fast and easy to deploy enterprise portals," he said. "We are applying our infrastructure, including cross-platform support and storage, to meet customer needs around security and scalability."

Tuning the underlying platform to work optimally for a specific portal environment is critical to ensure portal security and high availability, two of the most pressing requirements for enterprise portal deployments, Bartlett said.

The agreement with HP marks the second portal-related partnership SAP Portals inked this week, and comes on the heels of an agreement with Novell, in Provo, Utah, in which the two companies intend to reduce administration costs while increasing security by bundling SAP's Enterprise Portal platform with Novell's LDAP-based identity management software. The combination will give SAP portal users an easier way to manage user identities within the portal.

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