How SAP keeps the pressure on Oracle

The escalating rivalry between SAP and Oracle underlies much of the news coming out of the German software maker's customer conference in Copenhagen this week. The most significant item: the business software giant is teaming with Microsoft to develop and market software that will link SAP's business management systems more closely with Microsoft's Office suite.

The escalating rivalry between SAP and Oracle underlies much of the news coming out of the German software maker's customer conference in Copenhagen this week. The most significant item: the business software giant is teaming with Microsoft to develop and market software that will link SAP's business management systems more closely with Microsoft's Office suite. SAP detailed other extended partnerships--including alliances with IBM and Siemens--and offered a glimpse of several of the 100 business analysis programs it plans to introduce later this year. The company also took a fresh jab at Oracle with an expanded plan to lure away former customers of PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards...

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