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SAP to acquire Sybase

by Davin Wilfrid

May 13, 2010

By Davin Wilfrid, ERP Expert

SAP has announced its intention to acquire database and mobility platform provider Sybase for $5.8 billion, a move that SAP says aligns perfectly with its strategy to push back-end applications out to mobile workers.

"The combination of SAP and Sybase will help companies better harness today’s explosion of data. Companies need to deliver information and insight in real time to business consumers wherever they work so they can make faster and better decisions. This will literally connect shop floor to corner office," said SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott in a conference call about the acquisition.

I talked to fellow Insider Learning Network blogger Bill Newman of the Newport Consulting Group about the acquisition this morning. He says the acquisition is aimed at doing two things: giving SAP a fully-baked platform for mobile applications and development, and a way to recruit the combined SAP/Oracle customer base off of Oracle databases and onto Sybase's well-regarded platform.

"They can talk all they want about mobility, but it will be really interesting to see if there emerges some sort of safe passage program for Oracle customers," he said.

Here is a link to the SAP press release on the acquisition:

Here is a link to Bill's personal blog on the subject:


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