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...