Tuesday, September 22, 2009

SAP Steps Into the Growing B2B Services Market Via Crossgate

For those of you that like to ponder EDI and B2B marketplace and industry strategies this article from Gartner is an interesting read.  Here are some excerpts:

"SAP has formalized (by becoming a co-owner) and strengthened its alliance with Crossgate as it makes a decisive move into the business-to-business (EDI) infrastructure market...The declared objective of this transaction is to keep the strategies of the two companies aligned. However, the main effects will be for SAP to have an out-of-the-box B2B services connectivity solution, and for Crossgate to expand further into SAP's customer base."

View SAP CEO Léo Apotheker's comments on the Crossgate investment on YouTube.

"SAP customers will be able to connect immediately to all other companies subscribing to Crossgate’s B2B 360° Services, and add any trading partners that are not already there..."

"Access to Crossgate EDI and B2B services will ship as a built-in service within a SAP enhancement package, which minimizes the need for application integration."

"SAP will likely drive much of Crossgate’s strategy in the future."

If you would like to discuss this topic in more detail please contact me.

Author Kevin Benedict

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