SAP AG is implementing its R/3 Unix business applications for Sun Microsystems Inc hardware. Sun has already established a Bay Area Competency Centre at SAP’s development centre in Foster City, California, a European Competency Centre at SAP’s headquarters in Walldorf, Germany, and will open another one in Japan in the first quarter of 1994. These will undertake such tasks as optimising R/3 for Sun machines, benchmarking, and pre-sales support. The two companies will also co-operate on future product developments. SAP’s newly released R/3 version 2.1 will be out under Solaris 2 in the first quarter of 1994.