SAP includes Sybase for SMB product

In a move to provide customers with greater choice, Germany software vendor SAP AG will offer its business applications for small companies on Sybase's database platform, in addition to Microsoft's SQL Server database.

Under the agreement, SAP and Sybase will integrate the German vendor's Business One product suite for small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) into Sybase's Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) database system, the companies said Monday.

Representatives for the Walldorf, Germany, vendor were unable to provide details about pricing but said products are expected be available in May.

Previously, SAP's Business One application was available on Microsoft's SQLServer database only, according to SAP spokesman Ralf Nitsch. The reason for this, he said, was historical. The Business One application was initially developed on Microsoft's Windows OS (operating system) by Israeli vendor TopManage Financial Solutions Ltd., which SAP acquired early last year.

"It's our strategy to offer our various software products on various operating systems and database platforms," Nitsch said. "Our other products, such as mySAP Business Suite for large enterprises and mySAP All-in-One for mid-size companies, already support a variety of database platforms and operating systems, such as Windows, Linux and the various Unix derivatives."

In the future, SAP is planning to have Business One also run on Linux and Unix operating systems in addition to Windows, Nitsch said.

Microsoft, which has long been a partner of the German company, is increasingly becoming a competitor, particularly after its move to acquire the Danish business software vendor Navision A/S last year.

SAP will market its combined offering with Sybase through its worldwide partner distribution channels. Both SAP and Sybase will dedicate marketing, alliance and training resources to the partnership, according to the companies.

In addition, SAP and Sybase plan to develop and market Sybase mobile solutions for Business One customers, they said.

As a result of sluggish spending by its big corporate customers in recent years, SAP has stepped up efforts to target SMB customers with its Business One and All-in-One product suites.

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