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SAP follows the rules with Yasu buy

SAP plans to buy Yasu Technologies, a business rules management vendor.

SAP said it will acquire Yasu Technologies, a privately held business rules management vendor, at its TechEd event in Munich, Germany.

Hyderabad, India-based Yasu, which also has offices in Santa Clara, Calif., and Princeton, N.J., was founded in 1999 and has about 120 employees. Its flagship product, QuickRules BRMS, provides business rules authoring, modification and deployment functionality.

Yasu's business rules management software will be embedded in SAP NetWeaver as part of its Composition Environment. According to SAP, the technology will enable customers to apply business rules consistently to business processes across computing environments.

SAP said the Yasu buy represents a "fill-in" acquisition, and the deal fits with SAP's familiar "tuck-in" strategy of smaller acquisitions, meant to add specific functionality to its products, rather than market share.

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"It is a tuck in," Paul Hamerman, vice president of enterprise applications at Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research Inc., said. "SAP will continue to make small acquisitions for technology or industry strategies."

Big acquisitions have been all the rage in recent weeks, with SAP's $6.8 billion Business Objects acquisition and Oracle following with its own bid for middleware provider BEA Systems Inc. SAP says it won't not get into a bidding war for BEA, which initially rejected Oracle's $17-per-share offer because the price wasn't high enough.

SAP expects the deal to close this month. Financial terms have not been disclosed.

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