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BI Implications Of SAP-Sybase Deal - Plenty


The obvious:

  • SAP gets its own relational (Sybase ASE) and analytical (Sybase IQ) DBMS. Why is this a positive since SAP already has tight partnerships with major DBMS and DW vendors such as Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, Teradata, and HP? Simple. First, SAP can now control the code. Second, SAP can now potentially reduce reliance on DBMS partners, most of whom (Oracle, IBM, Microsoft) have their own full software stacks and therefore compete, often putting a strain on partnership relationships.
  • SAP also gets highly relevant (for low latency BI) and currently missing CEP technolgy from the Sybase Aleri acquisition and an OEM version of Coral8.
  • Sybase gets a badly needed BI front end on top of its Sybase IQ analytical DBMS. While Sybase is leading the market in the columnar DBMS, it is somewhat challenged selling and positioning the product with the business buyers, since they can’t really see, feel, or touch it.

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Comments (3)
There will be interesting implications indeed. And interesting question is how long it would take to convert "Sybase, SAP Company" into "SAP Sybase". Looking at BO acquisition - not so long. Boris, some comments: 1/ SAP has its own MaxDB database, which is pretty mature. It will be interesting to see what happen to both MaxDB and ASE long term. 2/ ERP and BW do not need to run on the same DBMS. There is no problem to run them on completely different HW/OS/DBMS without any issues. 3/ Indeed DBMS certification process for SAP is quite long and as well very expensive not only in development, but as well in support. 4/ I see it very often that people are calling TREX the DBMS, but in fact it is not. It is just a pony that learned new trick: the search engine that has been taught to select and aggregate numbers (at least in current version).

Let's see what future will bring.

Posted by Vitaliy R | Saturday, May 15 2010 at 3:55AM ET
The best thing SAP could do is acquire the most scalable solution for unstructured+structured data - BMMSoft's EDMT Server - which uses Sybase IQ and has been certified to 1 Petabyte (1,024 TB) of data and has set the world record- already in Guinness book of records. I guess BMMsoft is the best-kept secret :-), but seriously I think that would be a winning solution for SAP: The whole package IQ + BMM.
Posted by Faux S | Friday, June 04 2010 at 3:05PM ET
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