SAP extends reach through webMethods

In another move to open up its stable of software, SAP AG on Wednesday inked a deal to use webMethods Inc.'s range of adapters to integrate with non-SAP applications.

The enterprise application giant has agreed to resell webMethods' adapters to enable customers to link SAP applications to software from companies including Oracle Corp., PeopleSoft Inc., i2 Technologies Inc., J.D. Edwards & Co., Lawson Software Inc., and BroadVision Inc., company officials said. SAP will also resell webMethods' EDI (electronic data interchange) and other e-standards integration modules.

The deal, which falls under the purview of the SAP Exchange Infrastructure initiative, extends an already-existing relationship between SAP and Fairfax, Va.-based webMethods. Their earlier agreement features SAP's bundling of webMethods' Business Connector integration software with its applications.

"SAP's decision to expand their relationship with webMethods complements SAP's integration offering by extending the value stored within SAP applications to the enterprise," said webMethods Chairman and CEO Phillip Merrick in a written statement.

As part of the partnership, webMethods will also work with SAP on designing a standard adapter interface for SAP Exchange Infrastructure connectivity, as well as help develop new adapters down the road.

The adapters and e-standard modules will be available in SAP products by the end of the year, company officials said.