News flash: SAP(s sap) is a database company. At least that’s its story and it’s sticking to it.
SAP has long been the enterprise software company, the leader in enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other mission-critical applications that typically ran on some other company’s database. At one point not that long ago, 60 percent of SAP applications ran on Oracle(s orcl) databases, for example.
SAP’s new positioning as a database provider may not surprise folks new to SAP who are impressed with its Hana analytics database appliance. But it is jarring to long timers who were puzzled when SAP bought Sybase two years ago for $5.8 billion. Sybase was something of a database has-been at that point.
What SAP got in that deal was a slick SQL Anywhere mobile database and a dwindling customer roster of the big Sybase ASE database which competes with Oracle. To be sure, Sybase…
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