SAP plan could spawn software battle | CNET News.com "NetWeaver is the new technical foundation for SAP's popular collection of application programs, which are used by thousands of the largest companies around the globe to streamline manufacturing, accounting, sales, human resources and other corporate tasks.
The new architecture puts SAP on a collision course with IBM and Microsoft, analysts said. That's because it incorporates many of the same interoperability tools and computing infrastructure programs that those two sell. Specifically, NetWeaver is intended to compete with IBM's WebSphere and Microsoft's BizTalk Server products, as well as with software from smaller makers. It's also a challenge to consulting companies specializing in systems integration, including Accenture and the Global Services arm of IBM, they said."