SAP acquired Sybase to get the cloud database and mobile apps
May 16, 2010 | Author: Michael Stromann
The world's largest enterprise software vendor, SAP has become even more large. For $5.8 billion SAP has acquired Sybase, the company primarily known as one of the leading database and enterprise mobile applications vendor. Until now, SAP didn't have its own database and provided customers a freedom of choice in this matter. At the same time SAP was reselling about a billion dollars worth of Oracle databases - a bad idea considering SAP and Oracle are in direct competition. However, it is unlikely that Sybase database will replace all other database middleware in the traditional SAP ERP deployments. On the other hand, it can be very useful for cloud deployments and creation of the own SaaS platform for SAP Business ByDesign. Because Sybase has recently released the cloud version of its database, which is primarily designed for Amazon EC2.
In addition to cloud computing tools, SAP also gets a wild card on the hot market of enterprise mobile applications. Sybase Mobile platform allows to create applications for all popular mobile platforms (iPhone, Windows Mobile, Symbian, Palm WebOS, Android and BlackBerry) and provides the high level of security. By the way, SAP and Sybase have long history of cooperation in this sphere and have already created mobile clients for SAP Business Suite and SAP CRM. Perhaps now that cooperation will become even more productive.
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