SAP offers Safe Passage program to midsize firms

SAP extends its Safe Passage maintenance and migration program to small and midsize enterprises.

In a move to attract a larger number of customers from rival Oracle, business application software vendor SAP AG is extending its Safe Passage program to include small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) worldwide.

SAP and its channel partners for mySAP All-in-One will collaborate to provide SMEs running PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards (JDE) software systems protection for these existing investments, while offering a migration path to the nearly 600 mySAP All-in-One applications, SAP said Wednesday.

PeopleSoft, which acquired J.D. Edwards & Co. in 2003, was purchased one year later by Oracle for US$10.3 billion. SAP has been aggressively courting PeopleSoft and JDE customers ever since Oracle announced its acquisition plans.

The new SME program provides a conversion credit of up to 75 percent of the original PeopleSoft and JDE software licensing fees to be used toward the licensing of mySAP All-in-One software products.

The offer is valid for all versions and releases of PeopleSoft and JDE applications.

Support and maintenance of the software will be provided through mySAP All-in-One partners.

The Safe Passage program, launched in January, initially targeted SAP customers who also ran applications from either or both of these software vendors. Around 2,000 SAP customers fit into this target group.

In April, SAP extended its Safe Passage maintenance and migration program to all companies in the U.S. running PeopleSoft and JDE applications.

More than 6,500 companies currently use PeopleSoft and JDE software products, according to SAP.

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