Duopoly watch: SAP and Microsoft chatter (again)

Summary:SAP and Microsoft are rumored to be an item again, according to Reuters. Let's hear it for European traders looking to get a little volume moving.

SAP and Microsoft are rumored to be an item again, according to Reuters. Let's hear it for European traders looking to get a little volume moving.

This report, citing market talk, is as flimsy as they come. But hey Microsoft and SAP were talking way back when but anything is possible. Eric Savitz has more. And we just love a duopoly.

 

While a deal wouldn't be totally out of the question: ERP + BI + Office could be dangerous. SAP doesn't come cheap. And the two parties talked in 2004, but scrapped the idea because it was too complicated.

Memo to Reuters: The deal is still too complicated. But after Microsoft becomes more acquisitive (it'll have to at some point) and SAP integrates Business Objects anything is possible. Then we'd have an Oracle-Microsoft duopoly. And if Microsoft buys Yahoo we'd have MicroSAPoo. Can't wait.

Topics: Microsoft, CXO, Data Centers, Data Management, Enterprise Software, IT Employment, SAP, Software

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