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Microsoft and SAP Partner on Mendocino

Two Giants To Integrate Office Professional and mySAP

The SAP Sapphire '05 event in the enormous, gleaming new Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) was
the setting for initial North American marketing efforts by SAP and Microsoft for their joint "Mendocino" effort.

Mendicino 1.0, previewed in at an event in Copenhagen two weeks ago, is scheduled for "limited customer preview release" in late 2005, and general availiability in second-half 2006. It aims to integrate mySAP ERP processes with the Microsoft Professional 2003 user interface.

The idea is apparently to bring enterprise IT into a familiar desktop realm, thereby simplifying access to
ERP (and perhaps easing fears of its complexity to many users) and extending the basic day-to-day general
office applications of Professional.

Mendocino will comprise "a set of employee and manager self-service applications," according to a Microsoft
spokesperson. Key areas that it will address include:

* Time management. Users will be able to use Outlook calendar for SAP time reporting.

* Budget monitoring. The Microsoft Outlook inbox functions as a receptacle for SAP reports, allowing
work to be completed offline.

* Leave management. Leave requests are treated as calendar items integrated with SAP approval guidelines
and specific defined processes.

* Organization management. SAP HR information can be intregated into Outlook's contacts and be made easily
accessible to other Professional 2003 documents.

* Personnel change requests. Changes in SAP HR can be triggered through Office InfoPath forms.

Microsoft and SAP say that a high-level view of Mendocino shows reduced complexity of everyday tasks,
new abilities to react to information in real-time, and improved collaboration and decision-making.

Information from the two companies can be found at
www.sap.com/mendocino and www.microsoft.com/office/sap

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