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What Do You Think of SAP Buying Sybase?

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Do you think it was a good move, and, as Prakash Kannoth points out in, SAP Now Stronger Than Ever, does this make SAP a formidable competitor to Oracle?  What do you think is next for SAP? Another acquisition?

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  • When you present, you usually define a question as a good question, when one of the following slides includes the answer. You define it as an excellent question, when the next slide includes the answer.

    According to the announcements by the two companies the deal, which follows a partnership for a significant time, is beneficial for both companies. I partially agree: It is very good for Sybase. However, I think that acquiring Sybase looks like a SAP's mistake.

    Why acquiring Sybase is not great idea?

    1. Buying an Applications vendor is usually better than buying an Infrastructure vendor.

    2. The price is too high

    3. Will Sybase acquisition change SAP's infrastructure neutrality?

    4. Will SAP kill or keep Sybase's non-Mobile product portfolio?

    Read my blog post I wrote yesterday. Its title is: Acquisition is not simple; SAP-Sybase acquisition agreement

  • Sybase is one of those "sleeper" companies with an outstanding database product. It is widely used in many performance intensive applications like the Financial Vertical at a price point very much below that of Oracle but above Microsoft SQL server.SAP did a very clever strategic acquisition!!

  • The $6B question – Should SAP customers shoulder the cost for SAP’s next BI strategy?

    Ok, $5.8M to be exact, but it’s hefty on top of the $6.8M SAP already paid to acquire Business Objects and then wait for years for SAP to sort out BusinessObjects integration to SAP BW, NetWeaver, and the Business Warehouse Accelerator hardware-based acceleration engine. Now CIO’s can look forward to adding support for Sybase ASE and Sybase IQ to the mix. Is this what the SAP BI customers are really asking for? Will all the money and R&D integration produce a BI architecture that makes analytical applications quick to deploy, easy to use and headache-free for IT? Is this really the old enterprise hegemony theory at play with the increased cost being passed on to the SAP customer?

    Will SAP’s customers at Sapphire this week tell SAP that all the data needed to day to run an efficient organization does not have to be SAP data stored within an SAP application? It’s a brave new world out there and SAP might find for many of its customers that have looked to new BI alternatives, it will be hard to put the toothpaste back in the tube.

    As we wait for the acquisition dust to settle, here’s how to read the tea leaves at SAPPHIRE NOW conference:

    The SAP BI strategy has been a long convoluted road for SAP BI customers. Let’s play pack the last decade, SAP that started with SAP BW. Then SAP layered on NetWeaver but before that was completed, SAP layered on the BOBj stack. When BW performance became an issue SAP offered a new in-memory accelerator technology running a racks of dedicated specialized database blades. Now add yet another set of technologies to the mix. It’s understandable why customers that tried these mixed and matched environments might be dubious about SAP’s acquisition of Sybase.

    Mobile platforms offer great promise in terms of particularly when it comes to making BI more pervasive on smartphones, tablets and other devices, but a mobility strategy saddled with an expensive, lengthy backend development deployment process doesn’t solve the real issues.

    I think it will be interesting to hear form SAP customers this week when they start to figure out who is really going to pick up the tab for this one. SAP will position the acquisition of Sybase as a successful and accretive strategic move for SAP, but will it be “accretive? for their customers?

  • Since Oracle moved to applications, SAP has been looking for an alternative database. They tried SQL and DB2, none of those really worked. Finally they bite the bullet and buy their own. If they now also buy a hardware company (maybe Dell), they will be able to compete head to head with Oracle in all areas. And this is really going to be interesting. You bet, they will push people of Oracle. That gives competition to the customer, can only be good.

  • SAP intent is fairly clear - Get its own database so that it is not at the mercy of Oracle (database) for SAP implementation. But marketing Sybase to its customer base as an alternative to Oracle is a big challenge by itself. Just to flip the coin for a second, SAP implementations have been a big source of license revenue for Oracle too and hence this acquisition makes the win-lose debate a tad complicated.

    Options around Infrastructure, Platform, Products, combined with On-premise or On-demand (cloud platforms) delivery and companies like SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, IBM, HP etc. vying for customer 'services' supremacy, makes for a wonderful spectacle (a la the FIFA world cup)!

  • Personally I tried to discuss the Sybase issue at many SAP events, but fiding solution with opinions is not easy task. Most agree Sybase is invisible.Some of the SAP Implementation Partner which provide Sybase related issue and resolve the clients problem.

  • Sybase was an enterprise software and services company that produced software to manage and analyze information in relational databases. SAP acquired Sybase in 2010. I think this was a good move. Hostsailor It has made SAP stronger than before. Thanks for the question.

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