SuSE Linux, SAP form service partnership

Enterprises using business application software from SAP AG and operating system software from SuSE Linux AG will be able to contact either company for technical support under a new service agreement between the two German vendors.

SAP and SuSE will provide a one-stop support service to joint customers running SAP's mission-critical application software over SuSE's Linux Enterprise Server software, the companies said Thursday.

The support ranges from assistance within defined turnaround times during regular office hours to 24-hour, seven-days-a-week availability of engineers trained on customers' systems, according to the companies.

"In the past, when customers contacted SAP support engineers about a technical problem and it involved the operating system, they typically suggested calling SuSE," said SuSE company spokesman Christian Egle. "Under the new agreement, joint customers can call either SAP or SuSE for support. We believe this one-face-to-the customer interface will speed up and simplify the technical support process substantially."

Although engineers at both companies have cooperated in various ways to resolve glitches in recent years, the new agreement defines "how they will work together in detail to ensure that customers received a qualified answer," said SuSE Chief Technology Officer (CTO) J

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