IXOS Software has become one of the first enterprise content management providers worldwide to be granted the status of "SAP global partner-software". This represents the highest level of SAP partnership for software. "IXOS and SAP have shared a lengthy relationship, successfully collaborating in the areas of development, sales, training, and support," says Rob Shaw, product marketing manager at Datacentrix, sole IXOS representative in the Southern African Development Communities (SADC) region.

"The extension of the partnership to this level highlights the long-term co-operation between the two companies and serves as recognition of IXOS’ involvement in the development and implementation of seamlessly integrated solutions for SAP customers. "IXOS’ selection is of particular significance in that it was the sole company in the area of ECM solutions that has qualified for the SAP global partnership for software," Shaw adds.

IXOS recently demonstrated its support for SAP NetWeaver with the latest release of IXOS eCONtext. Based on SAP NetWeaver, the document solution aims to allow companies that use the new SAP integration platform to take immediate advantage of the IXOS ECM functionality. According to Lorna Cook, alliances manager at SAP Africa, the global partner-software programme allows SAP to intensify its co-operative activities with a few qualified software partners worldwide, meaning that the global collaboration in development, sales and marketing between partners will become even closer.

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