SAP AG announced that it has acquired substantially all of A2i, Inc. to broaden the master data management capabilities of the SAP NetWeaver integration and application platform. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. A2i, Inc. develops and markets xCat, a platform for enterprise-wide product content management and cross-media catalog publishing. The A2i xCat solution will become a fully integrated part of the SAP NetWeaver stack. Available in the fall of 2004 as an update to the 2004 version of SAP NetWeaver, SAP Master Data Management (SAP MDM) will incorporate new capabilities gained from the acquisition of A2i’s xCat suite. Specifically, xCat will support for enterprise-wide product content management (PCM), more powerful data aggregation and harmonization and improved Web-based electronic catalogs for both sell-side and procurement deployments. The enhanced solution will also add entirely new functionality in the areas of search, intelligent image and document management and print catalog publishing. www.sap.com/solutions/netweaver

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