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Jayaprakash Kannoth

SAP now stronger than ever in BPM, middleware, mobile and event proccessing technologies

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German software giant SAP made a strategic move by buying well known database company Sybase for $5.8 billion.

For the last four years, SAP has quietly moved itself away from ERP software and more towards strategic software infrastructure for the enterprise. It has been missing two important pieces: mobile infrastructure and event processing technologies.

But with this acquisition of Sybase, SAP is now a direct competitor to Oracle's full stack of enterprise technologies. As we all know, Sybase is known for its databases, but the company invested heavily in mobile infrastructure and complex event processing technologies with the recent acquisition of Aleri. SAP has also been quietly increasing its presence in business intelligence and operational intelligence while promoting its BPM capabilities.

So what's next for SAP? Before the company makes its next acquisition (my wild guess will be either Novell or Redhat), SAP needs to do two things right away.

First, it needs to publish a road map for existing Sybase customers on how this acquisition will help and enhance their SAP portfolios and vice versa. Second, it has to open up its relationship with other middleware technology companies.

I have one question for SAP: What will happen to good old PowerBuilder? The company has been struggling a lot lately after losing its market to Microsoft Visual Basic/VB.Net. Will PowerBuilder get a new life or will this be its end? As we wait for the next acquisition news, let me know your thoughts on this one here.

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Jayaprakash Kannoth

Jayaprakash Kannoth is Software Engineer at TechTarget. His areas of interest include business process management, enterprise architecture, business intelligence , cloud/infrastructure computing and technology in business.
The opinions expressed herein are my own and do not represent my employer’s views in any way.


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