SAP seems to be getting this acquisition thing down. The ERP giant said Wednesday that it is buying YASU Technologies, which makes rules management systems.
SAP said it will embed YASU's technology into SAP NetWeaver to add business rules to its software architecture. The general idea behind YASU is to ensure compliance as you implement new software modules in a service oriented architecture. In a nutshell, YASU makes sure Web services stay follow business process rules. YASU falls into the business process management category.
The company in a statement (Techmeme) described the YASU pickup as "continuing evidence of SAP's strategy to use targeted, fill-in acquisitions to complement its broad solution offering and successful organic growth strategy."
That's a long winded way of saying SAP isn't completely following Oracle's path despite its recent purchase of Business Objects.
The YASU purchase was announced at TechEd '07 being held in Munich. Among other SAP announcements from TechEd:
SAP said it will contribute software development tools to Eclipse, an open source project. The contribution is SAP's first. Here's how SAP described the tool:
With the new capabilities, Java developers will be able to more easily analyze memory usage for applications created in the Eclipse IDE. Typically, when developers create an application, they set aside a certain amount of memory on the server designated to that application. However, enterprise applications often run continuously and can use up that memory over time, frequently requiring a server shut-down. With possibly millions of objects contained in a very large memory footprint after server failure, these situations are extremely difficult to analyze. With the new memory analyzer capabilities from SAP, Eclipse developers can more easily use a graphical tool based on the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) to analyze object retention patterns and determine how best to optimize memory usage without having to shut down their servers and interrupt critical business processes.