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Short Take: SAP readies mainframe link

Business applications software maker SAP is getting back to its mainframe roots, debuting a version of its R/3 application system for IBM's System/390 mainframe operating system. After a ten month joint development effort with IBM, SAP will this month launch a pilot rollout of the mainframe server software with five companies including the German airline Lufthansa Systems and hardware maker Motorola. SAP plans to begin a phased rollout in the spring, the company said.

Business applications software maker is getting back to its mainframe roots, debuting a version of its R/3 application system for IBM's System/390 mainframe operating system. After a ten month joint development effort with IBM, SAP will this month launch a pilot rollout of the mainframe server software with five companies including the German airline Lufthansa Systems and hardware maker Motorola. SAP plans to begin a phased rollout in the spring, the company said.