Adobe has announced a strategic initiative to advance the use of its Acrobat solution to corporate customers.

The company will be working with with enterprise software provider SAP. Together, they plan to develop software to increase the speed and ease with which corporate customers can use forms and documents over the Internet.

The two companies have entered into an engineering and marketing agreement. As part of this, Adobe will integrate its PDF (portable document format) solution, Acrobat, with, the business-automation software platform from SAP.

Based on what they describe as a shared vision of network publishing, the two companies plan to collaborate on providing increased security for customers' communications, as well as improved data-exchange by integrating Adobe forms and PDF technology with SAP software, they said.

Alternatives SAP recently joined the Liberty Alliance Project, a group working on an alternative network-identity system to Microsoft's Passport.

Passport is an integral part of Microsoft's .Net strategy for individual and corporate Internet-based services.

The Alliance plans to start rolling-out its alternative system this summer when it creates a network identity and authentication mechanism that interoperates with current ID systems and network-access devices.