EMC Corporation, and SAP America, Inc., a subsidiary of SAP AG today announced an expansion of their alliance to help companies deploy a successful information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy, as part of the Enterprise Services Architecture (ESA) blueprint. EMC and SAP will deliver a portfolio of service offerings, branded as “Enterprise Services Ready,” that will help SAP customers better manage corporate-wide information and fulfill their need to standardize the behaviour of business processes deployed as enterprise services across the IT landscape. The announcement was made at the EMC Technology Summit in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 16-19, and at SAPPHIRE® ‘05, SAP’s international customer conference in Boston, Massachusetts, May 17-19.

The first service offerings will be generally available later in 2005 and will focus on upgrades and archiving. Future offerings that combine EMC and SAP® solutions and services will focus on reducing the risk of non-compliance regulatory issues in the life sciences and consumer products industries.

“For the first time, information management offerings will be ‘business process aware,’ meaning customers can fully leverage the way their solutions from EMC and SAP optimize business processes by leveraging ESA,” said Peter Graf, Executive Vice President of Solution Marketing, SAP AG. “The development of a portfolio of ILM offerings, which are ‘Enterprise Services Ready,’ will allow our mutual customers to strengthen control over critical information assets, while at the same time, increasing operational efficiency, reducing costs and minimizing risks, as they deploy innovative business processes.”

EMC and SAP will jointly market a series of assessment and implementation service offerings that will educate customers on how to manage and leverage mission-critical information as they migrate to and expand their utilization of SAP and other ISV solutions. This portfolio will provide customers with best practices and services for every stage of the information lifecycle-from analysis and design to ongoing information management in protecting and optimizing SAP solutions. EMC’s ILM solutions and capabilities, compliant with the ESA blueprint, will enable business analysts, developers and administrators to support an entire business process lifecycle from design time to more effectively operating and managing underlying computing infrastructures.

“One of the main benefits of EMC and SAP’s new ILM services for SAP solutions is the flexibility and TCO improvements that these service offerings will deliver to customers,” said Howard Elias, Executive Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Office of Technology, EMC. “Together, we are delivering ‘Enterprise Services Ready’ service offerings to help customers manage and archive their information, speed migration and upgrades, improve data protection and backup, and lower costs through tiered storage. We expect to continue our collaboration to address additional business challenges that our customers face, such as effectively addressing compliance requirements.”

At SAPPHIRE in Boston, EMC is showcasing its ILM solutions composed of networked storage systems and information management software and services, including the new EMC Archiving for SAP with Documentum solution, EMC Performance Monitoring & Optimization for SAP solution, and EMC DatabaseXtender for SAP BW (see separate release). SAP executives speaking at the EMC Technology Summit (ETS) event are highlighting how enterprises can integrate and deploy an infrastructure that supports ILM with their SAP solutions.