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Special Report: SAP vs. Oracle

This special feature compiles new and archived content covering the ongoing battle between Oracle and SAP in the enterprise applications space.

The battle for business applications supremacy is raging on -- who will come out on top, Oracle Corp. or SAP AG? and is examining this controversy from all sides. We'll be bringing you additional analysis, as well as providing one easy resource of related content from our archives.

  Oracle vs. SAP  

  • Face-off: SAP vs. Oracle: The SAP/Oracle battle for supremacy in the business applications market is as fierce as ever. Who will emerge victorious? Who should? In this face-off article, two prominent experts from both sides of the fence make their respective cases.
  • SAP vs. Oracle: Round two: We recently asked two prominent experts to argue their respective cases for SAP vs. Oracle. These follow-up columns are their official rebuttals of each other's positions.
  • SAP vs. Oracle: Users speak out: As the battle for business applications supremacy heats up, Oracle users are standing by Larry Ellison and Fusion while SAP customers say NetWeaver will lead the way to victory.

  News and analysis  

  • Oracle further unwraps Fusion, nips at SAP: Oracle Corp. executives said the company is at the halfway point in building a services-enabled Fusion Application suite as the battle of words between Oracle and SAP continues.
  • Can Oracle be unseated as a top SAP database?: SAP would love to change the fact that the Oracle database is highly used among its customers, explains Joshua Greenbaum, principal analyst at Enterprise Applications Consulting.
  • Words of welcome from SAP's hosted competition: As SAP jumps into the on-demand CRM market, established vendors have some interesting things to say.
  • Is Ingres a viable alternative to Oracle for SAP users?: Database pros responding to a column express serious reservations about one venture capitalist's plan to market open source Ingres to SAP users.
  • SAP, Oracle make public services push: Many municipalities are seeking to standardize their IT systems to run more efficiently. In response, Oracle and SAP are entering bidding wars to get license wins.
  • SAP's entry muddles the hosted market: With the arrival of SAP's long-awaited on-demand CRM offering, which competitor is hurt the most and who will emerge?
  • SAP launches on-demand CRM: SAP announced its CRM on-demand offering, targeting many of its own customers in the upper midmarket with a subscription-based model that integrates into SAP back end systems.
  • SAP set to launch hosted CRM: SAP plans to enter the hosted CRM market in 2006 and will make an announcement to that effect as early as February, according to remarks from CEO Henning Kagermann.
  • Microsoft's strong midmarket channel thwarts Oracle, SAP: As Oracle and SAP aim for more small and midsized businesses, they are encountering a strong and complicated Microsoft channel partner network.
  • SAP's new ad blitz takes aim at Oracle: Hoping to improve brand recognition in the U.S., SAP launched a major advertising campaign, with a TV ad that aims at Oracle's newly acquired J.D. Edwards and PeopleSoft customers.
  • SAP protest of Oracle contract called standard procedure: SAP is protesting an $88.5 million contract awarded to Oracle Corp., to install a combat support system for the U.S. Air Force. The protest delays Oracle's revenue gains.
  • SAP launches midmarket push against Microsoft, Oracle: SAP is aiming at the midmarket with new versions of its preconfigured best practices software. Challenges exist as Microsoft is gaining the most momentum, according to analysts.
  • SAP trumps Oracle in march to SOA: SAP is several steps ahead of rival Oracle Corp., as it makes its business software services based by 2007, according to a report by Forrester Research Inc.
  • Oracle's Phillips swings at SAP: Oracle president Charles E. Phillips Jr. sharply criticized SAP, and touted his company's ability to deliver a complete infrastructure and application package.
  • Oracle's OFF SAP program shows early results: It's only been a month, but already Oracle is touting its OFF SAP program as a growing pipeline of success.


  • SAP retail suite still faces challenges despite acquisition: Khimetrics fills a gap in SAP's retail suite, but complex integration issues and broadening competitive threats still loom large, according to an analyst at AMR Research Inc.
  • SAP acquires retail software vendor SAP plans to acquire Khimetrics Inc., a retail software vendor with expertise in profitability forecasts and pricing strategies.
  • Oracle takes integrated approach with G-Log buy: Oracle bought G-Log to address a growing demand for logistics software integration, but the firm still trails rival SAP and other transportation software makers, analysts said.
  • Siebel's reign ends as shareholders approve acquisition: Siebel's shareholders approved Oracle's acquisition of their company, further shrinking the number of enterprise CRM vendors and setting up a battle between SAP and Oracle.
  • Oracle adds pieces to retail suite: Oracle acquired two software vendors in recent weeks to bolster its retail-specific software suite against rival SAP. Meanwhile, SAP hangs its hat on two retail customer wins.
  • Column: Oracle vs. SAP: The Siebel Factor: The sudden uptick in big deals reported by Siebel made Oracle look good, but it's unlikely a Siebel acquisition will alter the competition between SAP and Oracle.
  • Oracle acquisition highlights data management wars: The Oracle-Siebel combo not only gives Oracle access to Siebel's customers, but also its infrastructure, improving Oracle's standing in the battle against SAP and IBM.

  Case studies  

  • Nuclear management firm to drop J.D. Edwards, deploy SAP: Framatome ANP Inc., a maintenance and component provider to Nuclear power plants is implementing SAP and integrating project data using SAP and Impress Software.
  • Nortel to dump Oracle, solve fiscal woes using SAP: Nortel Networks is implementing SAP's master data management. But SAP MDM lacks functionality, and customers need third-party tools to meet typical MDM requirements, an analyst says.
  • Firm dumps, chooses Oracle over SAP: USA Technologies, which produces hardware and software for cashless vending machines and laundry facilities, said growth is forcing the company to integrate its systems.
  • Pennsylvania firm chooses Oracle over SAP: An evaluation team at York, Pa.-based York Water Company chose Oracle over SAP, citing cost as a major factor in the decision.

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