SAP to support J2EE

German business-software maker SAP AG is making SAP Web Application Server, part of its collaborative e-business platform, compatible with the J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) standard.

The SAP Web Application Server using J2EE 1.3 should be available in June after it passes Sun Microsystems Inc.'s compatibility tests, SAP said in a statement.

SAP plans to demonstrate its Web application at the JavaOne show in San Francisco, the company said. SAP announced last year that it will back the software development platform based on the Java programming language from Sun but stressed that it was not doing so to the exclusion of the .Net software platform from competitor Microsoft Corp. Earlier this month at the CeBIT trade show in Hanover, Germany, SAP announced that it will support the .Net platform in its product line, as a further step in its move toward open standards. In offering support of standards such as J2EE, SAP is attempting to bring users of its business applications increased interoperability and flexibility, and to bring additional Web services to the product, SAP said.

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