SAP is set to reject Microsoft's .Net as its web services standard and opt for Java. Chief executive Hasso Plattner is expected to unveil the decision next week, according to the Financial Times.
The company is under customer pressure to abandon its proprietary approach for a standard and support both Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and .Net. However, the plan is believed have been scuppered by Microsoft which did not want its standard working alongside its rival, Sun Microsystems.
SAP's decision may affect Commerce One, which makes software that operates online exchanges. Commerce One has developed software using both Java and .Net architectures and could now bring valuable expertise to SAP, which has a 20 per cent stake in the firm.
Combined, the J2EE and .Net standards control more than 85 per cent of the market. But recent research from Giga suggests that Microsoft may have a hard time establishing .Net as market leader on its own.
The analyst reports that current adoption of the technologies is three to one in favour of the Java technology, which is supported by BEA Systems' Web Logic and IBM's Web Sphere web services.
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