SAP and Banking Community Definition Group Unite the Worldwide Banking Industry Around Enterprise SOA Standards

Walldorf, Germany - 18 April 2007

ING and Standard Bank Reap Rewards of Community Participation

SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced that members of the industry value network (IVN) for banks—which brings together SAP, banks and non-banks to collaboratively develop solutions for the banking industry—have formed an expanded definition group to co-innovate and create global standards for enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA). The expansion of the community enables the members to leverage the results from the IVN for their custom projects as well as to directly influence the development of software solutions for the banking industry. As part of expanding the scope of its charter, the community has opened its membership to include additional banks and non-banks, including software providers, service providers and auditors. With this announcement, the members of the community and SAP continue to deliver on their mission to provide a common innovation backbone for the banking industry, be it global retail banks, private banks or corporate banks.

The community definition group for banking currently has 37 members with more than 130 individual participants engaged in 23 work groups defining services, discussing architecture topics and creating building blocks to help companies make a successful transition to enterprise SOA. In addition, the community has created an SOA taxonomy, developed a service landscape and identified the strategic and organization building blocks that banks require for a successful transition to enterprise SOA. Participants engaged in the expanded community include, among others: Accenture, Callataÿ & Wouters, Commerzbank, CSC, Deloitte Consulting, FinanzIT, Hewlett Packard, HSH Nordbank, La Caixa, PricewaterhouseCoopers AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, SPSS, StreamServe, Syskoplan AG, SWIFT and TXS Financial Products.

ING and Standard Bank Reap Rewards of Community Participation

SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced that members of the industry value network (IVN) for banks—which brings together SAP, banks and non-banks to collaboratively develop solutions for the banking industry—have formed an expanded definition group to co-innovate and create global standards for enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA). The expansion of the community enables the members to leverage the results from the IVN for their custom projects as well as to directly influence the development of software solutions for the banking industry. As part of expanding the scope of its charter, the community has opened its membership to include additional banks and non-banks, including software providers, service providers and auditors. With this announcement, the members of the community and SAP continue to deliver on their mission to provide a common innovation backbone for the banking industry, be it global retail banks, private banks or corporate banks.

The community definition group for banking currently has 37 members with more than 130 individual participants engaged in 23 work groups defining services, discussing architecture topics and creating building blocks to help companies make a successful transition to enterprise SOA. In addition, the community has created an SOA taxonomy, developed a service landscape and identified the strategic and organization building blocks that banks require for a successful transition to enterprise SOA. Participants engaged in the expanded community include, among others: Accenture, Callataÿ & Wouters, Commerzbank, CSC, Deloitte Consulting, FinanzIT, Hewlett Packard, HSH Nordbank, La Caixa, PricewaterhouseCoopers AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, SPSS, StreamServe, Syskoplan AG, SWIFT and TXS Financial Products.

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