During a session at the Sapphire user conference in Orlando, Fla., last week an SAP executive mentioned Argo albeit briefly as a colleague of mine sat quietly in a room full of attendees. SAP executives wouldn’t elaborate about Argo during the conference and during a panel discussion with press, said that Shai Agassi, president of SAP's product and technology group, would have more to say about Argo at a keynote session. That never happened.
So what happened to Argo? Some analysts have pondered that Microsoft’s announcement last Wednesday may have temporarily put the Argo announcement on ice. Microsoft unveiled new search tools that manage end user searches on company data in multiple locations. Code-named "OneView," Microsoft’s search capabilities meld Windows Desktop Search, Intranet search through SharePoint, and Internet search.
What little information we know can be found at SearchSAP.com. The beta download page at SDN is still available for viewing here.
Update: SAP put its SDN page behind a login wall.
According to information about Argo at the SAP Developer NetWork Web site, Argo was to be released on DVD at the Sapphire user conference in Orlando and Paris. It was also to be made available for download at SDN shortly after the two conferences. SAP Sapphire ’06 Paris is scheduled for May 30-June 1 at the Paris Expo in Porte de Versailles, Paris. Perhaps we’ll learn more about Argo there?