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SAP StreamWork Lands In Google Apps Marketplace

Google Apps users can now try a collaborative decision-making application from SAP that includes technology from Google Wave.

Enterprise software maker SAP on Monday made its SAP StreamWork software available in the Google Apps Marketplace, Google's online store for Web apps that integrate with Google Apps.

The Google Apps Marketplace is separate from the Chrome Web Store, an online store for Web apps that integrate with the Google Chrome browser and with Chrome OS. Google is expected to introduce a Google-branded Chrome OS netbook on Tuesday and may well open the Chrome Web Store too.

SAP is offering StreamWork, a collaborative decision-making app that utilizes the Google Wave Federation Protocol, in the Google Apps Marketplace because it sees potential customers among the more than 3 million businesses that use Google Apps.

"SAP StreamWork brings together people and information -- from the Web, your desktop, or business systems -- and applies structure to discussions with business tools including pro/con tables, SWOT analyses, and polls to drive fast, meaningful results," said David Meyer, SVP for on-demand, productivity and sustainability solutions at SAP, in a blog post.

Like other Google Apps Marketplace software, StreamWork supports OpenID so it can be accessed from the Google universal navigation bar. The integration goes both ways, allowing StreamWorks users access to Google's calendaring, e-mail, and document-oriented tools while they work. Or rather, it will soon. SAP says that direct integration is coming in early 2011.

The basic edition of StreamWork is free; the professional version starts at $9 per user per month. SAP will have to sell quite a few user licenses to recoup the cost of its recent legal bills.

SAP last month lost a major copyright infringement lawsuit brought by Oracle over the actions of SAP's now defunct software support provider TomorrowNow, which the company acquired in 2005. The jury in the case ruled that SAP owes Oracle $1.3 billion in damages. The judgement, which may be appealed, is believed to be the largest copyright infringement award to date.

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