The allure of SAP in the US was demonstrated yesterday when applications rival Oracle jumped on the R/3 bandwagon prior to the German software supplier?s user group next week.
Oracle - in practice an arch rival of SAP with its own applications business - announced that it had completed negotiations with the applications provider to support the recently launched Oracle8 database. In addition, Microsoft and Andersen have teamed up to assist joint customers in deploying R/3 on Microsoft server software 9see separate story).
As part of a joint declaration, SAP named Oracle as a Tier One development partner, ensuring that any enhancements to the Oracle database will be integrated as quickly as possible into future releases of R/3. Oracle8 support has now been added. The announcement is a significant tactical advantage over Oracle?s troubled rival Informix, which has failed to secure support for its Universal Server object-relational database.
Oracle has also agreed to educate and train SAP?s sales force in the features of both Oracle7 and Oracle8. The two firms also signed off a reseller agreement for both databases. Oracle was the underlying database for the first releases of R/3.
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