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SAP named market leader for collaborative product definition management

SAP AG was named market leader among comprehensive collaborative product definition management (cPDm) technology suppliers, based on a international study by CIMdata Inc., a collaborative product definition management consulting and research firm.

The report cited mySAP Product Lifecycle Management (mySAP PLM) as market leader in Central Europe based on revenue in 2000. MySAP PLM's growth in other regions, including North America, was also noted.

Historically characterized by goods produced in-house, the cPDm market is becoming driven by collaboration among partners and suppliers through outsourced design and production, the need for highly customized products and the demand for a complete product lifecycle solution.

SAP accelerates involvement in Formula One racing

SAP AG has become a corporate partner of the West McLaren Mercedes auto racing team.

As a result, the company's logo will be displayed prominently on the nose cone of each of the team's new MP$-16 cars. The SAP logo will also be on both sides of the faceplate of the helmets worn by the team's drivers.

The sponsorship increases the exposure of the SAP name and logo. In September, the company will begin its second year of a multiyear program as sponsor of the SAP U.S. Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the only Formula One race in the United States.

Information Builders introduces WebFOCUS i-vision for SAP sales and distribution analysis

Information Builders has introduced WebFOCUS i-vision for Sales and Distribution Analysis, a content-based analytical application for SAP sales and distribution systems.

The out-of-the-box application combines sales operations-specific business content, key performance indicators, a suite of predeveloped reports and reporting capabilities so users can monitor and analyse their sales processes.

iAnywhere Solutions and PricewaterhouseCoopers team to deliver mobile SAP applications

Professional services organization PricewaterhouseCoopers and iAnywhere Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of Sybase Inc., have partnered to deliver mobile and wireless SAP solutions.

The two companies hope to help businesses improve employee productivity, reduce administrative time and costs, and enhance customer service through "always available" access to SAP information.

PricewaterhouseCoopers will develop custom applications based on the iAnywhere Solutions m-Business technology.

Milberg Weiss files class action suit against Oracle Corp.

The law firm of Milberg Weiss has filed a class action suit against Oracle Corp. in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of Oracle stockholders who bought shares between Dec. 15, 2000 and March 1, 2001.

The suit charges Oracle and its Chief Executive Officer Lawrence J. Ellison with intentionally giving a false picture of the company's third quarter results. The suit also says Ellison used his internal knowledge of the company's financial situation to make a profit on his own stock just before the stock price plunged.

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