SAP looks to build NetWeaver appeal

Business software giant SAP, looking to broaden the appeal of its software, is set to launch a community development program to attract coders to its NetWeaver integration tool.

This spring, the company intends to publish a software development kit to help outside application providers tap into its products. The idea is to encourage partners to build on top of SAP's business software, potentially broadening its appeal.

The move could generate revenue for SAP and increase its influence in the software industry. But the German giant has yet to prove it can be a beneficial partner, analysts say.

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