SAP Business Suite 7 from SAP AG is now in general release, following a six-month ramp-up period. The test involved more than 300 customers in major industries across 37 countries. Built on a service-oriented architecture (SOA), Business Suite 7 allows for the modular deployment of industry-specific processes that span application boundaries. It delivers more than 150 functional innovations, including new process collaboration and shared-service capabilities. Enhancement packages help customers to reduce complexity by adopting innovations in a minimally disruptive fashion. Expanded industry-specific applications target critical business requirements, including supply-chain and warehousing processes for trading, logistics and manufacturing industries; improved customer lifecycle management for service and trading industries; investigative case management, tax and revenue management and other service processes for public-sector organizations; and advanced metering infrastructure integration and deregulation compliance tools for the utility industry. Other features of Business Suite 7 include embedded analytics tools, improved software lifecycle management, a solution manager allowing SAP administrators to implement content changes to SAP Business Suite applications, and 2,800 services which enable the modular development of each user's I.T. infrastructure.
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