Adding to the Momentum

SAP becomes next major company to back UDDI business registry

WALLDORF, Germany - October 4, 2001 - SAP AG, a major 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. The addition of this major e-business company will add significant momentum to the UDDI registry project.


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 http://www.uddi.org/.


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 uddi.org. 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.

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