Mercury heats up business optimization for SAP

Business optimization vendor Mercury Interactive will unveil Optane for SAP at SAP's Saphire 2003 conference in Orlando this week.

The Optane solution is targeted at SAP customers migrating during the next 12 to 24 months to SAPs R/3 Release 4.7 ERP system. Mercury tools embedded in the release will monitor and maximize the upgraded SAP applications.

The Optane suite performs tasks such as load testing, infrastructure and configuration tuning, capacity assessment, and planning. In addition, it monitors business process performance issues to meet predefined service-level agreement targets.

"Mercury and SAP have a deep relationship as does Mercury with Oracle, Siebel, and others. Optane will reassure SAP customers that the upgrade will go smoothly," said Mike Dominy, a senior analyst at Yankee Group in Boston.

According to Rod Lehman, director of product marketing for ERP/CRM products at Mercury, Optane will reduce testing times for SAP applications by as much as 50 percent.

"We want to maximize the performance of SAP during the delivery and management to meet business expectations," said Lehman.

However, it is another Mercury Interactive partner, Solstice Software, based in Claymont, Del., that supplies a key testing component not available from Mercury. Solstice Integra Enterprise software tests components at the message level before all the components, often from a variety of vendors, are put together.

While Mercury's solution does production-level performance testing, very few companies have a testing product related to the integration space, according to Joe Oddo, CEO and president at Solstice.

"Our software makes sure that the components function properly for any new business processed that is being used," said Oddo.

Optane for SAP is available now. Pricing will be determined by the configuration selected, according to Mercury executives.

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