SAP takes on Oracle with $5.8bn Sybase bid

German ERP developer SAP has finally taken Oracle head-on by acquiring Sybase, one of the last remaining challengers to Oracle (aside from Microsoft and IBM) in its core database market.

By acquiring Sybase for $5.8m, SAP can add a relational database management system (RDBMS) to go alongside its enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business intelligence (BI) software portfolio. While Sybase ultimately was left behind in the great 1990s database race, it diversified into wireless and mobile applications and scored a big success with its iAnywhere Mobile Office. According to SAP executives, this mobile expertise was one of the key drivers behind the Sybase deal.

“With the acquisition of Sybase, we will secure our leadership in on-device, further cementing our ability to bring information to users anytime, anywhere, and on any device,” said SAP co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe.

“As mobile applications for consumers have changed the world, the way people live and communicate mobile applications for the enterprise will have an equal profound impact in the way they work. We want to make sure that SAP solutions can be accessed from all leading mobile devices.”

This article is based on a more detailed analysis by Stuart Lauchlan on our sister site MyCustomer.com

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