SAP jabs Oracle with Microsoft SQL announcement

In yet another jab at its competitor Oracle, SAP has named Microsoft's SQL Server 7.0 as its "strategic database" for Windows platforms.

SAP plans to replace Oracle with SQL Server 7.0 as the primary database for most of its 150 internal development and production systems, the company said in a statement, as well as for 200 internal training and customer demonstration and presentation systems.

The ERP software vendor and Microsoft also will make the Windows 2000 operating system available for customers that want to implement its new set of Internet-based products, mySAP.com. Microsoft has also prepared a way for users to migrate from Oracle to SQL Server 7.0 and Windows 2000, the companies said.

Only last week, SAP produced a flurry of news by announcing that IBM's DB2 is now officially the preferred database for new customers that want to put in place new mySAP.com products. It touted the fact that DB2 is available on the widest range of hardware and software platforms.

Together, the two moves seem to demonstrate a new message from the German software vendor: anything but Oracle. Although both announcements have little effect on current SAP users, they are designed to move new users away from choosing to partner the database of SAP's biggest rival in the applications software market with SAP's own products. Some 75 per cent of SAP's own customers use Oracle's database with their enterprise resource planning software, according to Oracle.

The following SAP products are currently available on SQL Server and Windows NT: the Workplace server, Business-to-Business Procurement, Customer Relationship Management, Strategic Enterprise Management and Knowledge Management. SAP's Business Information Warehouse is also available on SQL Server 7.0.

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