SAP: The Most Direct Assault Oracle So Far

    By: Mr. Adrian Bridgwater on Apr 12, 2012

    SAP has clearly been working diligently in the background since purchasing Sybase to realign much of its technology stack. Part of that realignment is, unsurprisingly perhaps, work that effectively puts the company in a position to directly take on Oracle in the database war.

    Building its current strategy to develop database technology and real time analytics products, SAP is now building on Sybase’s data management products in deeper ways not previously seen. The company has said that the “evolutionary and non-disruptive” integration of SAP and Sybase products would enable its customers to transact, move, store, process and analyse data in real time, while reducing costs with common design and landscape management capabilities.

    The plan is to complete the full integration of Sybase technology with a company vision for the SAP real-time data platform, comprising the SAP HANA platform, Sybase data management offerings and SAP solutions for enterprise information management (EIM).

    SAP is promoting Sybase as a lower cost alternative to Oracle’s relational database for powering its ERP software. Quoted on Computer Weekly, Mike Davis is a senior analyst at Ovum who believes that SAP's decision to cut its reliance on the Oracle database makes commercial sense.

    "Oracle is the preferred database partner for running SAP ERP. SAP has invested a chunk of money in databases, buying Sybase, which was once Oracle’s biggest competition in the database market. It is good to see serious competition against Oracle and IBM. It is all very positive and sensible for SAP to look to displace its main software partner,” said Davis.

    “SAP is redefining the database market by combining the innovation and expertise of SAP and Sybase,” said Dr. Hasso Plattner, chairman of the SAP Supervisory Board. “At its core is the innovative and now proven in-memory database SAP HANA, which helps customers access and deliver information at unprecedented speeds up to 100,000 times faster than before and enables them to envision fundamentally new ways of running their businesses. Customers can run existing systems more efficiently while easily embracing new technologies.”

    To extend its vision to provide customers one logical, real-time platform for all transaction and analytics workloads, SAP will leverage Sybase's data management and movement products. SAP says its real-time data platform will simplify layers of complexity and deliver unmatched capabilities in next-generation “big data” applications and analytics and enhanced support for cloud and mobile applications -- all with minimal customer disruption.

    With SAP Business Suite on SAP Sybase ASE, SAP plans to offer optimal integration with a commitment to provide new and existing customers with end-to-end application and database solutions, along with integrated maintenance and synchronized releases. As an integral part of the SAP real-time data platform, SAP Sybase ASE brings to SAP applications a proven database management system that has been in use for more than 25 years in highly demanding, mission-critical transactional environments across industries.

    Released: April 12, 2012, 4:24 am | Updated: March 22, 2014, 6:49 pm
    Keywords: SAP News | SAP




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