SAP hits out at Oracle-Hyperion deal

Oracle and SAP have exchanged verbal blows over Oracle's proposed US$3.3 billion acquisition of Hyperion - a leader in the field of business performance management (BPM).

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By  Administrator Published  April 1, 2007

Oracle and SAP have exchanged verbal blows over Oracle's proposed US$3.3 billion acquisition of Hyperion - a leader in the field of business performance management (BPM).

Oracle said the move will deal the SAP market a blow because so many of its customers use Hyperion with the SAP enterprise resource planning suite (ERP).

SAP has retaliated by saying that Oracle, instead of being able to grow its market itself, has resorted to acquiring customers and the acquisition further muddies Oracle's already cluttered application landscape.

Both Oracle and SAP in the region have refused to join the fray and are unavailable for local comment.

However, SAP globally went on to say that despite Oracle's continuing multi-billion dollar spend, SAP had more than 2.5 times the market share in applications and queried whether Oracle's 20-odd acquisitions in recent years had benefited customers.

SAP argued that its own strategy of focusing on organic growth, while it acquired smart, well-placed companies was paying dividends. It accused Oracle of wanting to distract the market from the real story - which is that Oracle has made no real progress on applications software in 36 months.

Even so Oracle's latest move to acquire Hyperion could impact the SAP market negatively as it represented a continuation of its ‘surround SAP' strategy. The move would take Oracle inside the offices of chief financial officers as Hyperion's BPM specialisation has won the hearts of many CFOs.

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