SAP has released the latest version of its ERP software, my SAP ERP Edition 2004, a month ahead of schedule, according to the company.

SAP executives will be meeting customers in 100 cities around the world to discuss its new product and NetWeaver application and integration platform, the company said during a news conference at Cebit today.

The software company will also show customers the planned roadmap for its new Business Process Platform, to be based on the NetWeaver platform, according to CEO Henning Kagermann. SAP plans to have all its applications running on the platform by 2007, he said.

SAP also announced a strategic partnership with Intel for making RFID technology easier for businesses to deploy. One of the goals is to help companies integrate RFID data directly into back-end systems and business processes.

"There is still a lot of debate about standards for RFID technology, and this is holding back demand somewhat," Kagermann said. "But once the standards issue is resolved, then the market is really going to take off."