SAP AG announced the launch of the “Powered by SAP NetWeaver” initiative, a new program designed to empower SAP partners and ISVs with the SAP NetWeaver technology platform to build new business applications. The new program builds upon the SAP NetWeaver Partner Initiative. Initial participants in the “Powered by SAP NetWeaver” program include Merant, Metreo, TimeVision, Trigo and Vertex. While traditionally SAP has certified companies for component interface compliance, this new program offers companies the entire platform for application development. Companies can achieve “Powered by SAP NetWeaver” status by offering third-party applications deployed by SAP Web Application Server of the SAP NetWeaver platform and accessible through SAP Enterprise Portal via pre-built iViews. Merant’s Collage content management system and Trigo’s Product Center are both “Powered by SAP NetWeaver.”