SAP said Tuesday that it will acquire Crossgate, which provides hosted B2B integration services.
With the move, SAP is looking to provide a market to connect customers to business partners. In a nutshell, Crossgate builds services that allow multiple trading partners to exchange data even if partners have different technology platforms.
In a statement, SAP said that it is looking to automate processes and streamline enterprise e-commerce.
Sound familiar? It should. SAP's acquisition of Crossgate appears to be a direct threat to Ariba. Jason Busch at the Spend Matters blog noted that SAP was becoming increasingly competitive with Ariba. Busch argued that SAP and Oracle are likely to build in transactional connections into their suites.
Crossgate, based in Munich, Germany, is already a SAP partner. SAP invested in Crossgate in 2008 and resells its content engine. Overall, Crossgate has about 40,000 business partners that are linked together via e-invoicing services.
Terms of the Crossgate deal weren't disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close Nov. 1.