Third party vendors used SAP’s SAPPHIRE 98 user conference in Los Angeles this week to pay homage to SAP’s flagship R/3 ERP (enterprise resource planning) software. 3Com Corp’s Palm Computing Division was showing off products that provide mobile access to the R/3 system from its Palm Computing platform, used in devices such as its Palm III organizer, Symbol’s SPT 1500 device and the IBM WorkPad PC Companion. The announcement represents the first fruits of a partnership – aimed at creating mobile ERP products – that SAP unveiled earlier this summer with Symbol Technologies Inc and Abaco International. The companies said it was ideal for applications such as sales force automation, help desk automation and warehousing. Last week, Oracle Corp got together with 3Com to demonstrate its sales force automation software on the Palm III platform. Meantime, Hitachi Data Systems announced R/3 compatibility with its S/390- compatible servers including those running its HDS Skyline Series and HDS Pilot Series processors. The company said it began working on gaining certification for R/3 last October and spent the last four months undergoing benchmarking tests.