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SAP hopes to embiggen its cloud with Ariba slurp

Software giant SAP is hoping to beef up its cloud with an offer to slurp business commerce company Ariba for $4.3bn. The acquisition should give SAP a boost as it tries to claw its way into the cloud, currently dominated by arch-rival Oracle and Salesforce.com. SAP has been chomping businesses left, right and centre as it …
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Dell gooses HANA appliances, loads up SAP Business Suite

Enterprise application software powerhouse SAP is beside itself with glee that its HANA in-memory database is driving more business than expected, and server makers like Dell, which are building appliances that meet the very strict – and unmalleable – configurations prescribed to run HANA, are hoping that this turns into a …

SAP to bung Oracle at least $306m in software piracy row

German software giant SAP has agreed to hand over $306m in damages to Oracle in the TomorrowNow copyright infringement case in order to avoid a new trial. Oracle sued SAP in 2007, claiming that the German biz's TomorrowNow subsidiary illegally downloaded Oracle software and support documents in an effort to pilfer Oracle …
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Canadians nab syrup rustlers after massive maple sap heist

Police in Canada have confirmed the first arrests over a heist which saw maple syrup worth $18m siphoned off and sold. After a massive manhunt by local police, the Canadian Mounties, and border security, three people have been arrested and charged with theft, conspiracy, handling stolen goods, and fraud. Five others are also …
Iain Thomson, 19 Dec 2012
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SAP smashes HANA forecasts, adds big iron benchmark

Next week will see the one year anniversary of SAP's launch of HANA in-memory database processing, and the company is preparing to push the boat out in the wake of better than expected sales. SAP forecast $100m in revenues from HANA, but doubled that to over $200m and has signed up over 64,000 end users with 354 customers, over …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jun 2012

Oracle claims $777m in new trial over SAP infringement

Oracle is going back to court with a claim of $776.7m against SAP over the software-stealing antics of subsidiary TomorrowNow. Larry Ellison's crew got an award of $1.3bn in 2010 after TomorrowNow admitted filching Oracle's intellectual property and taking it to SAP when the German software house bought the company out. Co-CEO …
Iain Thomson, 03 May 2012
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SAP claims speeds record with HANA Business Suite revolution

SAP has announced a new version of its Business Suite that offers blindingly fast database reporting via HANA with the goal of three-second response times to transactional queries. "It's much better analytics, between ten and ten thousand times faster. I'm not bragging here that we achieved up to 250,000 times faster because …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jan 2013
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SAP, Huawei, sign mutual assistance pact

SAP has deepened its ties with China and found a new outlet in which to invest its growing wodge of cash, by naming mobile comms giant Huawei its first Global Technology Partner for the region. The deal will see closer technology integration and support between the two and the joint development of new software for global …
Phil Muncaster, 30 Jul 2012
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SAP still not a force in cloud after sales cash drizzle

German software maker SAP AG is facing an uphill battle to become a force in the cloud market after revealing subscription-based sales amounted to just €29m (£23.7m) in Q1. This represents year-on-year growth of 625 per cent on the opening three months of 2011 but that's clearly from a minuscule base. Total revenues were up …
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2012
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HP doubles up SAP hard-hearted HANA appliances

Everybody – especially server makers without much of a software business – wants to peddle SAP HANA in-memory databases, and HP is no exception: they're taking its AppSystem for SAP up another notch with a disaster-tolerant configuration for supporting HANA. In a blog posting, Mary Kwan, global business manager for SAP Solutions …
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Cabinet Office: We've cut taxpayers' SAP and Microsoft bills

The Cabinet Office estimates it will squeeze out £65m in savings this fiscal year through a public-sector-wide deal it recently cut with Microsoft. As revealed by The Channel, the Public Sector Agreement 2012 replaces the last iteration (PSA09) from 1 July – with licences locked for three years at 1 per cent above previous …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2012

Fujitsu hugs SAP, says it's all about solutions now

Fujitsu Forum 2012 Fujitsu Technology Solutions insisted its integration into its parent company and parallel global expansion was on track this week as it kicked off its European user forum minus CEO Rolf Schwirz, who left the firm on Halloween. At the same time, it tied its wagon to SAP, declared support for third-party …
Joe Fay, 07 Nov 2012

SAP trousers €1bn quarter in software sales, fumbles profit

Business is so good at software industry bellwether SAP that it felt compelled to pre-announce its financial results for its fiscal Q2. In the past three months, SAP broke €1bn in new software licence sales for the first time and posted its best second quarter ever. The preliminary figures show SAP on a roll, with its tenth …
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Oracle demands retrial in SAP slurp spat

Oracle has filed for a retrial in its SAP spat over illegal file downloading, moaning that the reduced damages awarded just aren't enough. Oracle originally won a whopping $1.3bn in damages in its suit against SAP over the German enterprise software biz's subsidiary TomorrowNow illegally slurping Oracle software and support info …
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Oracle v SAP has to take June retrial or wait till next year

A US court has told Oracle and SAP that they can have their retrial in the last two weeks of June or wait until next year. Oracle is seeking the retrial in the case, which found that SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow had illegally downloaded Oracle software and support data, because an appeal granted reduced damages. Oracle was …
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SAP tosses out stock-linked sweeteners to staff

SAP employees will continue to bag cash incentives in the form of phantom stocks as the enterprise computing behemoth works harder to hang onto valuable talent. “I do believe it makes a lot of sense to have incentive programmes for the employees as well, which make them interested in the share price of the company and give them …
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Achtung Penguin! SUSE tunes up Linux for SAP

It seems natural enough that SUSE Linux and SAP would be technical allies; both hail from Germany and both try to peddle business-grade software to enterprises. SAP, which has a huge installed base of Windows customers and a considerable number of Unix customers, cannot be seen to be playing favorites with its OS suppliers just …
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SAP fluffs up cloud biz with $3.4bn buy

SAP is shoring up cloud computing capabilities with the acquisition of SuccessFactors, a human resources software firm, for $3.4bn cash. SAP is paying a hefty premium for SuccessFactors - some 52 per cent above the closing price on Friday, December 2 (the day before the acquisition was announced) and some 10 times revenues. But …
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Report: SAP exec charged with $1,000 LEGO bar-code caper

An SAP executive is reported to have been charged with stealing LEGO from shops using the assistance of home-made bar codes before allegedly selling the kits online. Thomas Langenbach, 47, is said to have swapped the shop bar codes on expensive LEGO kits for his own homemade versions at a number of shops belonging to discount …
Gavin Clarke, 22 May 2012

'I still get on the phone for a $5k deal' - NetSuite CEO's anti-SAP mission

California-based Salesforce has been an unstoppable force in Software as a Service (SaaS) for 14 years. It pulled in $3.05bn in revenue last year, and just booted rival enterprise tech maker SAP from its slot as the world's number-one customer relationship management software (CRM) company. But there’s another SaaS company that …
Gavin Clarke, 01 May 2013
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Cloud power plant SAP closes 2011 on a high

Application software giant SAP turned in the best fourth quarter and the best financial year in its 40-year history, thanks in part to reviving software sales and the better-than-expected uptake of its HANA in-memory database appliances. And because the numbers were better than expected, SAP is giving a preview of the full …
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SAP flashes cash to pump up HANA biz

SAP hasn't had a product as popular as its HANA in-memory data processing engine since the R/3 enterprise resource planning suite launched two decades ago and took off like wildfire, transforming the German software company into the dominant application software provider in the world. SAP wants to hit replay with HANA, and it is …
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SAP snaps up Kiwi software firm

SAP is giving its business intelligence (BI) capabilities a boost with the acquisition of Right Hemisphere, a New Zealand 3D software vendor. Right Hemisphere makes software for manufacturers to visualise business processes and SAP aims to add these technologies to core products. The software giant said the Kiwi firm will help …

Oracle and SAP are Big Software, but for how long?

When Oracle announced disappointing third-quarter results in March 2013, executives at the company were quick to blame poor sales execution for a two per cent decline in new software licences and cloud software subscriptions. It wasn't a symptom, they insisted, of underlying problems with the company’s product portfolio - or …
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Oracle's Ellison talks up 'ungodly speeds' of in-memory database. SAP: *Cough* Hana

Oracle headman Larry Ellison kicked off this year's OpenWorld conference on Sunday by touting the lightning-fast performance of the Oracle 12c database's new in-memory database caching option, and he brought along some brand-new hardware to prove his point. In-memory databases are nothing new, of course. SAP has long flaunted …
Neil McAllister, 23 Sep 2013
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HP and SAP: What we need is a MASHED UP cloud

The next step in cloud computing is to mash up all the different clouds hanging about with traditional IT systems to give one big mixed-up cloud, SAP and HP both insist. Sven Denecken, SAP AG's VP of strategy and co-innovation cloud solutions and Christian Verstraete, chief technologist of cloud strategy at HP, were sharing …
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IBM rolls up SAP HANA appliance on SUSE Linux, x iron

With the HANA in-memory database selling like hotcakes among SAP customers and the German software giant offloading the job of configuring and selling the hardware, IBM wants to get a piece of the action, and do so before HP, Dell, and others (excepting Oracle, which has its own appliances) snap up the business. To that end, IBM …
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London councils to spunk £25m on SAP deal

Haringey and Waltham Forest councils have advertised for a framework contract to deliver an SAP solution valued at between £12m and £25m. In a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union the two London councils say the eight-year deal will cover a wide range of services. They include software development, project …
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SAP gobbles Facebook-for-biz firm

A Munich-based company that provides secure "social networking" for business has just been snapped up by German enterprise software giant SAP. Crossgate offers a social networking setup for its customers, along with secure communications channels that allow users to transfer documents and data. Users can join the network, set …
Anna Leach, 20 Sep 2011

Oracle, SAP under attack: How cloud upstarts steal their lunch

After more than 20 years coining it, the Goliaths of the lucrative enterprise software world are about to meet their Davids: nimble rivals touting technology at a sensible price. And as we shall see, with customers jumping on cheaper services, ultimately the giants could be destroyed by their reliance on expensive support …
Gavin Clarke, 07 May 2013
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SAP coughs $20m to feds in Oracle slurp spat

SAP will cough up $20m to resolve the criminal side of its spat with rival Oracle over illegal software downloading by SAP's subsidiary TomorrowNow. US Department of Justice prosecutors charged the subsidiary with 12 criminal counts in connection with the unlawful slurping of Oracle software. SAP agreed to settle the case, but …
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SAP, EMC and VMware in 3-way cloud orgy

SAP, EMC and VMware have signed a three-way deal about a converged EMC-SAP stack running an in-memory analytic database leading to the possibility of SAP HANA running inside VMAX arrays. SAP is the world's leading supplier of enterprise business automation software and its main competitor is Oracle. EMC is the world's main …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2011
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Security vet Rafferty rocks up at Clearswift with bold plan

Security industry vet Ciaran Rafferty has been tapped up by Brit content and email traffic filtering firm Clearswift to run global sales. Billed by the firm as an industry rainmaker - someone that can conjure clients and cash - Rafferty has bags of channel experience gained in numerous previous roles. According to the man he'll …
Paul Kunert, 11 Mar 2014
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SAP buys secure login tech

German software giant SAP has moved into the security market with the acquisition of identity and access management technology from Secude. SAP, which is best known for its Enterprise Resource Planning and enterprise application software, plans to roll secure login and enterprise single sign-on technologies acquired via the …
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2011
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HDS inks deal with Symantec: Plans to borg archive tech for DO-IT-ALL product set

Hitachi Data Services has extended a deal with Symantec to OEM its NetBackup and Enterprise Vault software so it can supply a single storage array, server, data protection and archiving software product set. Symantec's Brett Simon, VP for global system integrators and partners, said: “This agreement extends our partnership, …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2014

BlackBerry nabs 'The Sims' to head up crucial Services unit

The company-formerly-known-as-RIM has nabbed former SAP exec John Sims to head up its global enterprise services unit, the business it hopes will be at the centre of its turnaround. BlackBerry said that Sims would be joining the company in January, after leaving his position as president of SAP's mobile services business. After …
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Judge kneecaps Oracle's $1.3bn triumph over SAP

A federal judge has tossed out a November jury award would have seen SAP pay $1.3 billion to arch-rival Oracle for theft of its intellectual property. As reported by the AP, Judge Phyllis Hamilton of the US District Court in Oakland, California, called the original award "grossly excessive," and said that the damages should be …
Cade Metz, 01 Sep 2011

Violin Memory flashes $50m wad from SAP

Flash array start-up Violin Memory has gained business software powerhouse SAP as an investor. SAP Ventures and Highland Capital have joined existing investors Toshiba, Juniper Networks and others in injecting $50 million in a D-round of funding, bringing total funding to $150 million since it was founded in 2005. CEO Don Basile …
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2012
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SAP locks down co-CEOs

Germany application software giant SAP has locked in its current co-CEOs to run the company for the next six years, making a commitment to the long-term strategy and tag-team management of the company. Back in February 2010, Leo Apotheker, now president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, was shown the door by SAP by not having his …
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Ellison grilled on $4bn SAP 'theft' claim

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was cross examined on Monday during the ongoing cat fight between Oracle and rival SAP. An SAP attorney grilled Ellison over claims that in pilfering Oracle intellectual property, SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow cost his company up to 30 per cent of PeopleSoft and 15 per cent of Sieble customers. The model …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Nov 2010

HDS: channel STILL 60-65% of UK biz, says local COO

HDS' UK COO reckons the proportion of channel sales relative to the direct biz hasn't shifted in recent years because it failed to carve up "solutions" and "services" for partners. The previous management including UK boss Stephen Ball - a Computacenter staffer - said in 2011 that within three years he wanted partners to …
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2014
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SAP to hand over multi-million dollar interest to IP victor Oracle

Oracle must be paid interest on the $1.3bn payout it received from German software maker SAP in a jury verdict in November over stolen intellectual property. US District Judge Phyllis J Hamilton in Oakland, California ordered SAP to cough up the interest earlier this week, according to Bloomberg. The judge didn't offer up an …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Dec 2010
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SAP hit by competition complaint

German software company SAP has been hit by a competition complaint from a company which previously won a $139m patent infringement case against it. Versata Software has complained to the European Competition Commission, alleging that SAP illegally excluded it from selling to three quarters of SAP's customer base by withholding …
John Oates, 29 Jun 2010
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SAP to sit enterprise offering on Amazon clouds

SAP has not had a very easy time getting its Business ByDesign on-demand applications to market, and it may not matter all that much now that the German software giant is preparing to allow for its various enterprise applications to run on Amazon's EC2 compute cloud. Amazon and SAP have announced that the suite of server, …
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SAP ordered to pay Oracle $1.3bn

In a final act of ritual humiliation, SAP has been ordered to pay Oracle $1.3bn over stolen intellectual property. A US court has told the world's largest business software company to pay up after Oracle had sought damages for theft of its IP by defunct SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow. Oracle had been gunning for $1.7bn in damages …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Nov 2010
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SAP profit rises on SME sales boost

Business management software maker SAP saw first quarter net profit nearly double to €387m on total revenues up 5 per cent to €2.5bn for the period ended 31 March 2010. "We saw strong results from the rapidly expanding demand for SAP BusinessObjects solutions, as well as in our small and midsized enterprise business," said SAP …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Apr 2010
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SAP legal u-turn delivers new HP boss for Monday start

It looks like Leo Apotheker will be able to get through his first day as HP boss without getting hauled into court to testify in former employer SAP's trade secrets theft case with Oracle. Apotheker is expected to get his feet under the table at HP on Monday. However, the same day was scheduled to be the opener in Oracle's court …
Joe Fay, 29 Oct 2010
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Oracle demands another $211.6m from SAP

Oracle just keeps rubbing it in with application software rival SAP over the TomorrowNow fiasco. In a court filing on Friday, which was reported by various news outlets (see here and there, Oracle has gone back to the US District Court for the Northern District of California in Oakland, where a jury just awarded Oracle a $1.3bn …

Top ten biz software vendors reveal Heartbleed exposure

The advent of the Heartbleed Open SSL vulnerability has enterprise software development teams scrambling to figure out if they have a problem, and the news is not always good. Vulture South has ploughed through the recently updated list of the world's top 10 software vendors. Here's how each fares. Microsoft is chilling out …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2014
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SAP chief apologies to Oracle for TomorrowNow theft

Oracle still hasn't succeeded in dragging SAP's ex-chief executive into court to testify on what hw knew about the subsidiary TomorrowNow's "industrial espionage." On Monday, what Oracle got instead was an apology from the former CEO's replacement: co-CEO Bill McDermott. It was another tech-sector captain deflated in the circus …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Nov 2010