Friday, May 14, 2010

SAP to buy Sybase for $5.8B in all-cash deal

IDG News Service - SAP is buying mobile and database vendor Sybase for roughly $5.8 billion, the company announced Wednesday.

The all-cash offer of $65 per share amounts to a 44% premium over Sybase's three-month average stock price, according to SAP. Sybase's board has voted unanimously in favor of the deal, which requires clearance by antitrust officials, SAP said.

The pending deal would significantly expand the technological portfolio of SAP, which is known most of all for its ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications.

"They're investing in two areas they think will be important for them," namely mobile technology and in-memory databases, both areas where Sybase is strong, said Ray Wang, partner with Altimeter Group.

In-memory processing is a particular interest of SAP co-founder and chairman Hasso Plattner, who has predicted it will reshape the enterprise application arena thanks to the performance improvement it can provide over databases that must read from and write to disks.

In a statement, SAP said its own in-memory technology would boost the capabilities of Sybase's database platform.

Meanwhile, the deal raises questions about SAP's relationships with other mobile technology companies, such as Research in Motion, said 451 Group analyst China Martens via e-mail.

"They made a big deal of when they announced the relationship with Sybase about how it was nonexclusive and how they hold very dear the partnership with RIM," Martens said. SAP formed a strategic partnership with Sybase in March 2009 focused on mobile applications.

Sybase's database is a less common option for running SAP applications in part due to historical compatibility issues with older SAP platforms. In addition, SAP currently sends lucrative business toward rival Oracle, as it resells the latter's database. Those dynamics could change with Sybase's technology coming under SAP's roof.

But SAP will also gain a new doorway into financial services, where Sybase has a strong presence.

Both companies' product road maps will be preserved, as will their development groups, but "the opportunity to cross-collaborate" will be there, SAP said.
Company officials are scheduled to discuss the deal further in a conference call later on Wednesday.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

10 Mobile Technologies To Watch In 2010

Analysts company Gartner has identified 10 mobile technologies that will evolve significantly through 2011 in ways that will impact short-term mobile strategies and policies.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Unleash the Power of SAP's Ecosystem from your iPhone

SAP EcoHub in your hand – quite literally!

It’s official. It’s here. The wait is over! The new iPhone application for SAP EcoHub is now available for download at the Apple AppStore.
Now SAP EcoHub is directly accessible from your iPhone, enabling you to:
• Receive relevant industry specific thought leadership videos, blogs and news about innovative new solutions that will help accelerate innovation
• Find SAP and Ecosystem solutions by searching for solutions listed under industry, line of business and types of solutions.
• Share solutions you find interesting

View solution demos right in your hand literally
• Read the top blogs featured on SAP EcoHub and SAP communities
• View thought leadership and informative video clips from SAP and industry leaders on SAP EcoHub TV.

Ready. Get Set. Go mobile! Get SAP EcoHub on your iPhone now.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Understanding the SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator

Understanding the SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator: "This chapter download explains the basics of the SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator and how to repair connections to the NetWeaver BW system.

Performing RFC connection checks in NetWeaver BW with SAP TREX

Performing RFC connection checks in NetWeaver BW with SAP TREX: "SAP administrators can use SAP TREX to diagnose and repair broken RFC connections between SAP NetWeaver BW and the blades of the BW Accelerator.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Microsoft echoes Apple: 'future of the Web is HTML5'

Microsoft echoes Apple: 'future of the Web is HTML5': "Microsoft has announced its support against Flash for the same Web and video technologies that Apple is pushing. With this move, Microsoft is not only helping Apple's cause, but it maybe segregating some of its own competing technologies to any niches they occupy.