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SAP and Microsoft Receive Computerworld Horizon Award for Duet Software


Panel of Independent CIOs Recognize Duet Software as Leading Innovative Solution

WALLDORF, Germany - August 23, 2006 - SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced that IDG’s Computerworld, a premier source of IT industry news and analysis, has selected Duet™ software as a winner of its second-annual Computerworld Horizon Awards. The Computerworld Horizon Awards recognize the most cutting-edge technologies from research labs and private companies. Duet software was selected for this award by an independent panel of senior IT executives. Duet software, the first product jointly developed and supported by industry leaders SAP and Microsoft, was created to drive enhanced business efficiencies by uniting the worlds of information worker productivity applications and enterprise applications.

“The Horizon Awards recognize companies developing innovative, promising technologies that hold the potential to significantly affect enterprises in the near future,” said Don Tennant, editor in chief, Computerworld. “Our panel of senior IT executives evaluated more than 200 submissions from leading corporations, universities and research labs. SAP and Microsoft were chosen for their ability to help customers increase business performance by giving information workers greater visibility and use of SAP business data from familiar, easy-to-use Microsoft Office software. All of the award winners are demonstrating leadership in IT management and innovation in their industry sectors.”

Duet simplifies the way information workers across global businesses and government institutions access and leverage enterprise applications. Duet aligns their structured business processes with critical data, offering greater real-time insight for improved decision making. Built as a composite application, Duet uses the enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA) and Microsoft .NET to extend select processes and information from mySAP™ Business Suite applications into Microsoft Office, simplifying the way information workers access and leverage SAP applications while enriching the Microsoft Office experience.

“We are honored to be a recipient of the Computerworld Horizon Awards for our work with Microsoft in the development and delivery of Duet,” said Udo Waibel, senior vice president of Emerging Solutions, SAP. “This award recognizes our position as a market leader dedicated to co-innovating on groundbreaking solutions that help our customers accomplish their enterprise goals.”

“We’re pleased that Computerworld has recognized Duet as an innovative and historic initiative from Microsoft and SAP,” said Lewis Levin, corporate vice president of the Office Business Applications Group, Microsoft Corp. “Developed for our mutual enterprise customers, Duet helps bridge the gulf between information workers who use Microsoft Office every day and the SAP business data and systems they need to access to be more efficient at work.”

The Horizon Award winners are profiled in a special report in the August 21 issue of Computerworld. See SAP and Microsoft’s profile online at:

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About the Horizon Awards
The Computerworld Horizon awards were established in 2005 to inform readers of the most cutting-edge technologies that are “on the horizon” from research labs and private companies. The program is accompanied by an eight-page special report in Computerworld magazine and online at The feature will look at this year’s winning technologies, which include Altiris’ Altiris Software Virtualization Solution; BioPassword Inc.’s BioPassword Internet Edition; SAP AG and Microsoft Corp.’s joint effort, Duet; HyperOffice’s HyperOffice; IBM Almaden Research Center’s Business Insights Workbench; Hewlett-Packard Co.’s Tycoon Electronic Auctioneer; Splunk’s Splunk; Stanford University’s Password Hash; University of Maryland’s Oasys Opinion Analysis System, and VMware’s VMware DRS.

About Computerworld
Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld’s award-winning weekly publication, Web site (, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world’s largest (58-edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business Publication Editors.. Computerworld leads the industry with a print audience of 1,337,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2006) and an online audience of over 1.5 million unique monthly visitors (Omniture).

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading technology media, research and events company. A privately held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers, including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites, with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide, including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO® and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at

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SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software*. Today, more than 34,600 customers in more than 120 countries run SAP® applications—from distinct solutions addressing the needs of small and midsize enterprises to suite offerings for global organizations. Powered by the SAP NetWeaver® platform to drive innovation and enable business change, SAP software helps enterprises of all sizes around the world improve customer relationships, enhance partner collaboration and create efficiencies across their supply chains and business operations. SAP solution portfolios support the unique business processes of more than 25 industries, including high tech, retail, financial services, healthcare and the public sector. With subsidiaries in more than 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol “SAP.” (Additional information at

(*) SAP defines business software as comprising enterprise resource planning and related applications such as supply chain management, customer relationship management, product life-cycle management and supplier relationship management.

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