SAP AG announced it has achieved Java EE 6 Web Profile Compatibility for SAP NetWeaver Cloud, a Java-based platform-as-a-service, as part of the SAP HANA Cloud in-memory technology platform.

SAP NetWeaver Cloud enables organizations to seamlessly extend existing SAP systems with new cloud-based applications, developed or provided by SAP, SAP partners or enterprises themselves. Compatibility with Java EE 6 Web Profile will allow SAP customers and partners developing applications on SAP NetWeaver Cloud to measurably speed up their development and delivery time, the company says.

Java EE 6 is the first version of the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition, to define a focused Web Profile subset on which vendors can certify, according to SAP. This subset includes the major technologies of the full specification, is widely used for developing enterprise Web applications and simplifies the Enterprise Java programming model.

Achieving compatibility means that certified SAP partners can develop scalable packaged applications on SAP NetWeaver Cloud and make them available to SAP customers via SAP Store.

"We developed this technology together with the open source community in the Eclipse Virgo project," Bjoern Goerke, executive vice president, Technology & Innovation Platform Core at SAP, said in a statement. "This achievement is a result of SAP's ongoing engagement in open source communities and our commitment to open standards. Our strategy is to support and enable new technologies—first in the cloud—and then make them available to our on-premise customers."

A free developer edition of SAP NetWeaver Cloud for developing cloud applications is available.