Project Argo will result in an SAP xApp, a composite application, which leverages the existing back-end search technology SAP call’s TREX, (Text Retrieval and Classification). TREX is an indexing capability within NetWeaver. The Argo application will sit on top of NetWeaver and TREX and it can be integrated with other SAP applications allowing an SAP end-user to get quick answers out of SAP via a desktop widget, a Web browser or even a mobile device.
SAP is calling Project Argo part of its software solutions for information workers. So, SAP plans to target field service technicians or a sales person out in the field with this search product. For example, these employees can conduct a search on their mobile devices in the same fashion a Google search is conducted and call up e-mails, reports and even SAP transactions.
“Argo is completely open ended and extensible. It will allow you to connect to other search services or other kinds of APIs,” said Dennis Moore, general manager of emerging systems at SAP. “Anything that can be querried through an API or Web service can be queried through Argo.”
SAP said that Argo will also be tied into Duet, SAP’s joint product developed with Microsoft that ties many SAP end-user tasks with Microsoft Outlook. Project Argo will also be used in SAP’s new Muse, updated GUI, which users were given a sneak peek of at the Sapphire ’06 conference in Orlando, Fla.
SAP has been using Argo internally for some time and has even hooked it up to external search services such as Google News.
We still don’t know if Argo will be released as a xApp that can be purchased separately, or if it will be packaged as an update to Duet in the third quarter or even an extension to Muse when it is officially released.
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